Moora

 

 

MOORA

 

HEMA Map reference 74/A3

 

GPS 30 38 31 S 116 00 19 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

172 Km

Population

1650

Average Rainfall

360.1mm

Mean Max Temp

24.9C

Mean Min Temp

10.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9651 1106

Fire and Rescue

08 9651 1555

Medical

08 9651 0222

Visitor Centre

08 9653 1053

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Moora

08 9651 0000

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Moora Hotel

08 9651 1247

Junction Hotel

08 9651 1177

Drovers Inn

08 9651 1108

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

link to Mingor.net website

 

DESCRIPTION

 

The town is situated in one of the most interesting wildflower areas of the state. There are two distinct botanical areas around the town and this results in a great variety of different flowers appearing each year between August and October. There are a number of wildflower drives around the town ranging in length from 5 to 31 kilometres.

A useful collection of information about the district's early pioneers was published by the Moora Historical Society and the Shire of Moora in 1980 titled 'Some Commemorated Pioneers of the Moora District 1847-1917.'

North of Moora, a little south of Watheroo on the east side of the road is the Western Wildflower Farm. The farm produces dried wildflowers for the domestic and international markets and it is an excellent place to gain some insight into the wildflowers of W.A.

The farm also has a shop where you can buy locally produced wildflower gifts as well as a host of related items. You can sit and watch a video about the area and enjoy morning or afternoon tea or lunch.

During wildflower season the farm has about 120 visitors a day and provides up-to-date information about the best places to visit in the area to see the latest blooms.

 

HISTORY

 

George Fletcher Moore discovered the Moore River on an expedition in 1836 but the distance from settlements further south meant that settlement did not start until 1846 when the Lefroy brothers took out a pastoral lease. Cropping started soon afterwards but in 1851 the Government introduced legislation banning cropping on pastoral leases which reduced cropping to self sufficient use only.

In 1860 the Government tried to encourage small farmers to purchase land by reducing the cost from one pound to ten shillings an acre. This had the greatest benefit to the big land owners who quickly snapped up much of the available property. (Nothing changes much does it')

A Perth to Geraldton rail link started construction in 1887 and the railhead reached Moora in 1893.

The largest town between Perth and Geraldton, it was not gazetted until 1895. The name is supposed to have originated from the Aboriginal name of a well west of the town (Maura). (Another source quotes 'moora-moora' or 'mau mau' which means good spirit.)

In 1919 Sir Norman Brearley flew his Tiger moth aeroplane to Moora and the whole town turned out to see the first delivery of newspapers by air in the state.

During WWII Moora had the dubious distinction of being the western end of the Brisbane Line. This was a line drawn across Australia from east to west and denoted as the area that was to be defended in the event of a Japanese invasion.

The town grew steadily and roads in the townsite were bitumised as early as 1932. Returned servicemen arrived in the area after World War II and strengthened the agricultural base of the region.

James Clinch established Berkshire Valley in 1842. The farm contains a number of historically significant buildings and the local historical society once operated a museum from the site but sadly it is now closed.

Each year on the Easter weekend the Moora Country Camp Out is held and offers a number of fun and interesting activities including a country music concert, rodeo and Big Breakfast.

The Moore River may not have had anything to do with naming the town and at least one source says the name comes from the Aboriginal word 'moora' which means blowfly.

The town is situated in one of the most interesting wildflowers areas of the state. There are two distinct botanical areas around the town and this results in a great variety of different flowers appearing each year between August and October. There are a number of wildflower drives around the town ranging in length from 5 to 31 kilometres.

 

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VIDEO

 

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Wildflowers in spring, Annual agricultural show, Moora Races, Local speedway racing, Heritage trail. Western Wildflower Farm.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

St. James church 1911, Berkshire Valley Homestead 1847-84, St. John's church 1908, Post office 1896, Uniting church 1909, Town clock.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Moore

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6510

Local Government : Shire of Moora

 

PHOTOS

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