Morawa

Field of yellow daisies, Jaime Plaza Van Roon / Auscape International

Population 594

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.

Visitor Information

Winfield St (May–Oct), (08) 9971 1421; or council offices, cnr Dreghorn and Prater sts, (08) 9971 1204

www.morawa.wa.gov.au

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In Town

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.

Nearby

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 km

Basic 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 km

This 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 km

Located 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

Western Flora Caravan Park 89 km

Located 22 km north of Eneabba, time a visit to this park during the wildflower season when more than 300 varieties of stunning flowering plants can be viewed on the property and more than 2000 varieties within 40 km of... Find out more


Mullewa Caravan Park 89 km

On 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


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Everlastings Guest Homes

In the heart of wildflower country, the Everlastings Guest Homes has 20 modern rooms in a variety of sizes and all with private ensuites. Also available is a self-contained and well-appointed two-bedroom cottage with... Find out more


Morawa Chalets

Opened in 2006, the air-conditioned Morawa Chalets are fully self-contained and well appointed. Both chalets have two or three bedrooms, and all linen is provided. The bedroom unit has disabled access.... Find out more


Morawa Marian Convent B&B

The Morawa Marian Convent B&B is an ideal stopover for travellers heading further north. Located opposite is the famous Old Presbytery and down the road is the local swimming pool, which may be of particular interest... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Twin Hills rest area 94 km

49km S of Dongara (R) or 31km N of Eneabba (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Midlands rest area 97 km

T/O 7km SE of Dongara (L) or 73km N of Eneabba (R)

Among a few trees 1km east of the highway via Midlands Rd.


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