HEMA Map reference 76/G5
29° 12' 53" S 116° 00' 19" E
Morawa 08 9971 1204
Church of the Holy Cross, Koolanooka Hills Mine site, Koolanooka Springs, Museum, Wildflowers in season, Mt. Campbell Lookout, Bilya Rock, Pintharuka Dam, War Rock.
Buildings of note
Church of the Holy Cross, Presbytery 1932, Former police station 1937.
Calendar of events
August: Www week.
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 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.
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.