HEMA Map reference 76/G5


29 12' 53" S 116 00' 19" E



Where is this?







Km from Perth





337mm (190)

Max Temp

27.2C (47.2)

Min Temp

12.1C (-1.6)






Caravan Parks




0418 845 768





08 9971 1060

Warrakatta Farmstay


08 9972 2040

Bunyanna Homestead


0427 500 384




Visitor Centre

08 9971 1421


08 9971 0200


13 14 44


08 9971 1233




Church of the Holy Cross, Koolanooka Hills Mine site, Koolanooka Springs, Museum, Wildflowers in season, Mt. Campbell Lookout, Bilya Rock, Pintharuka Dam, War Rock, Museum.


Buildings of note


Church of the Holy Cross, Presbytery 1932, Former police station 1937, Town Hall 1939, Shire Offices 1930, St. Davids Anglican church 1932, Hotel 1926, Former Bank of NSW 1926, Masonic Hall 1930, Lutheran church 1956.


Calendar Of Events


August: Www week.






A.C. Gregory explored the area in 1846 and John Forrest followed up somewhat later in 1869 and Ernest Giles passed close by in 1876.

The first conditional purchase lease in the area was taken up by F. Waldeck in 1868 and the first wheat farm was established by John Stokes in 1910.

The town site was gazetted in 1912 but the town boundaries were only finalised in the following year. It started life as a railway station on the
Mullewa Wongan Hills line that opened in 1915.


The railways department was not happy with the name, as is was said to be too similar to Mullewa. They suggested using Wooltanar but this was too similar to a town in Queensland. Merkanooka was then suggested and the name change was made in January 1922. For what ever reason the railway siding still maintained the name Morawa even though it was the railways department that had agitated for the name change. In June 1922 the town name went back to being Morawa again.

The name is Aboriginal in origin and meanings suggested include Dalgite (a small burrowing marsupial) or even ‘place where men are made’ – was there and Aboriginal Mafia?

Iron ore was discovered in the area in 1961 and the first shipment of ore from Australia to Japan came from here. It was mined for eight years from the date of discovery. The Koolanooka mine site was discovered by geologists J Lalor and D Barr in 1961. Experimental drilling started in the same year. The first consignment of iron ore left Geraldton for Japan on March 16, 1966. The old open cut mine site includes picnic facilities and a lookout.

Overnight stays are allowed at Koolanooka Springs. There is another roadside rest area 23km north of Morawa at Gutha.


Morawa is part of the Monsignor John Hawes Heritage trail that includes the towns of: Perenjori, Morawa, Mullewa, Geraldton, Northampton, Yalgoo, Carnamah, Nanson and Bluff Point.


43 kilometres north of Morawa is the tiny town of Canna. The local store operated from 1929 to 2003 and is unusual as there is a tree growing out of one of the side walls. Today the store still operates but as a farm merchandise retailer and not a general store.


5 kilometres west of Gutha turnoff on the Morawa-Mullewa road approx 20km north of Morawa is Bilya Rock. A large stone cairn on top of the rock is said to have been placed there by John Forrest's exploration party in the 1870s.







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