Southern Cross

Palace Hotel, Ken Stepnell

Population 709

A small, flourishing town on the Great Eastern Highway, Southern Cross is the centre of a prosperous agricultural and pastoral region. Its claim to fame is as the site of the first major gold discovery in the huge eastern goldfields and, although it never matched the fever pitch of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, Southern Cross remains the centre for a significant gold-producing area. The town's wide streets, like the town itself, were named after stars and constellations.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Antares St; (08) 9049 1001

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In Town

Yilgarn History Museum: originally the town courthouse and mining registrar's office, it now houses displays on mining, agriculture, water supply and military involvement; Antares St.

Historic buildings: including the post office in Antares St, the Railway Tavern in Spica St and the restored Palace Hotel in Orion St.


Hunt's Soak: once an important water source, now a picnic area; 7 km N.

Frog Rock: large rock with wave-like formations. Popular picnic spot; 34 km S.

Baladjie Rock: granite outcrop with spectacular views; 50 km NW.

Karalee Rock and Dam: this dam was built to provide water for steam trains and is now popular for swimming and picnics; 52 km E.

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Club Hotel

Southern Cross hovers between the border of the wheat belt and the Eastern Goldfields, giving the town a mix of wheat-belt and goldmining clientele. The Club Hotel is located on the main street of town and serves lunch... Find out more

Palace Hotel

Regally holding court over the main street of town, the Palace Hotel provides a glimpse of the town’s former gold-rush glory. The hotel serves counter meals and offers accommodation upstairs.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Karalee Rock camping area 49 km

Karalee Rock and Dam camping area is 5 km north of the Great Eastern Hwy, 51 km east of Southern Cross. The large, shady site is set among trees near the 1897 dam, where an informative trail leads beside the old... Find out more

Westonia Caravan Park 60 km

This caravan park has a good range of facilities in a location that has been preserved to reflect its days as a goldmining boom town. Old buildings have been restored and new ones have been constructed in a style that... Find out more

Jaurdi Station Homestead camping area 92 km

Jaurdi Station Homestead camping area is 149 km north-east of Southern Cross via the Great Eastern Hwy, Mt Walton (Heath) and Ryans Find rds. Visitors have the use of a good range of facilities at the old homestead, a... Find out more

Boondi Rock camping area 100 km

Boondi Rock camping area is just off the Great Eastern Hwy, approximately 80 km west of Coolgardie. It provides campers with a few basic facilities (bring firewood and drinking water) near a granite rock outcrop in the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Southern Cross Caravan Park and Motor Lodge 1 km

Alongside the Eastern Highway at the eastern end of town, this is a neat park with good quality facilities to meet the traveller’s needs. Spacious level sites are easily accessed and there is room for big rigs.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Southern Cross Caravan Park & Motor Lodge

Apart from being famous for being remote, Southern Cross is known for its gold history, farming and magnificent wildflowers. The caravan park includes powered and unpowered sites, park cabins as well as a motor lodge... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Karalee Rock camping area 49 km

T/O 51km E of Southern Cross (L) or 134km W of Coolgardie (R)

Secluded in the scrub 5km (unsealed) north of the highway at a dam.

Boorabbin rest area 66 km

68km E of Southern Cross (L) or 117km W of Coolgardie (R)

Well off the highway under trees in the scrub.

What's on around town

King of the Cross: 2 days of motorcycle races; Aug.

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