Morawa, a small wheat-belt town, has the distinction of being home to the first commercial iron ore to be exported from Australia. In springtime the area around Morawa is ablaze with wildflowers.
Winfield St (May–Oct), (08) 9971 1421; or council offices, cnr Dreghorn and Prater sts, (08) 9971 1204
Nearby national parks
Church of the Holy Cross and Old Presbytery From 1915 to 1939, the famous WA architect-priest Monsignor John C. Hawes designed a large number of churches and church buildings in WA's mid-west region. Morawa boasts 2 of them: the Church of the Holy Cross and an unusually small stone hermitage known as the Old Presbytery. The latter, which Hawes used when visiting the town, is reputed to be the smallest presbytery in the world with only enough room for a bed, table and chair. Both buildings are part of the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail. Church is usually open; if not, contact council offices; Davis St.
Historical Museum:housed in the old police station and gaol with displays of farm machinery, household items and a collection of windmills; open by appt; Cnr Prater and Gill sts.
Koolanooka Mine Site and Lookout: scenic views and a delightful wildflower walk in season; 9 km E.
Perenjori: nearby town has historic St Joseph's Church, designed by Monsignor Hawes, and the Perenjori–Rothsay Heritage Trail, a 180 km self-drive tour taking in Rothsay, a goldmining ghost town; 18 km SE.
Bilya Rock Reserve: with a large cairn, reportedly placed there by John Forrest in the 1870s as a trigonometrical survey point; 20 km N.
Koolanooka Springs Reserve: ideal for picnics; 26 km E.
Campsites around town
Miners Camp camping area 54 kmBasic facilities are provided in a natural bush setting that’s perfect for bushwalking and exploring the heritage associated with WA’s first coalmine. Come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more
Carnamah Caravan Park 54 kmThis small caravan park is on King St, off McPherson St in Carnamah, a historic little country town with many of its old buildings intact. If you’re into fossicking, you’ll love visiting this area, which is... Find out more
Breakaway camping area 54 kmLocated just off Coalseam Rd from the Mingenew–Mullewa Rd, 34 km north of Mingenew, Breakaway camping area is set in a bush environment in an area noted for its wildflowers and mining heritage. Bring along a... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Mullewa Caravan Park 89 kmOn the highest hill in town this council-operated park is as neat as a pin with kerbed roadways, green grass and most amenities. Mullewa is a great base for exploring this spectacular, wildflower region in springtime.... Find out more
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