Warburton
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WARBURTON

 

GPS 26 08 12 S 126 34 33 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

1542 Km

Population

395

Average Rainfall

247.6mm

Mean Max Temp

29.9C

Mean Min Temp

14.9C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 8955 8300

Fire and Rescue

Unknown

Medical

08 8956 7685

Visitor Centre

08 8956 7966

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Roadhouse

08 8956 7656

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Roadhouse

08 8956 7656

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Warburton is located along the Great Central Road and is 1542 from Perth and 560 km from Laverton which is the nearest town.

A permit is required to visit the area and the town, as it is part of the Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal land. No alcohol is allowed to be consumed on Aboriginal land but visitors may transport it through without opening it.

The Aboriginal people who live in the area should not be photographed without asking permission first. The same applies to important cultural sites as some may be off limits to photographers.

It is necessary to check local road reports before travelling along the Great Central Road as conditions can change depending on weather events.

The Great Central Road is part of the Outback Way that stretches from Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland.

Vehicles travelling here need to be well prepared and travellers must ensure that they have adequate food, fuel and water supplies as distances between roadhouses are significant. The Laverton to Yulara section of the road is unsealed.

Facilities in town are limited but they include a store, health clinic, school, youth centre, swimming pool, sports field, art gallery, roadhouse and a coffee shop that only opens on Sunday mornings.

HISTORY

 

Warburton lies in a valley between the Broan and Warburton Ranges. It was established as a mission by Will Wade and his wife in 1934. It was first known as Old Well. It is in an Aboriginal reserve and has had its share of problems over the years.

The original town site was 5Km from the present site on the west bank of Elder Creek.

The Australian Inland Mission operated a health facility in the reserve and lack of activities, alcohol abuse and petrol sniffing, led to regular outbursts of violence. At one time, nursing staff at the hospital had to be withdrawn as they were in physical danger.

Warburton was named after Peter Egerton Warburton who was the first European to cross the Great Sandy Desert.

The area was originally part of the responsibility of the Shire of Wiluna but on July 1st 1993, it became an independnt shire. Other communities encompassed by the shire include: Warakurna, Jameson (Mantamaru), Blackstone (Papulankutja), Wingellina (Irrunytja), Patjarr (Karliywara) Wanarn, Tjirrkarli, Tjukurla and Kanpa. In 2011 the town was inundated by flood waters that caused substantial damage and led to local residents having to be rescued.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre, Giles Weather Station, Yarla Kutjarra (rest stop), Surveyor General's Corner.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Old mission buildings.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Kalgoorlie

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6431

Local Government : Shire of ngaanyatjarraku

 

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