In 1854 the hill that rises above this Murchison goldmining town was named West Mount Magnet by surveyor Robert Austin after he noticed that its magnetic ironstone was playing havoc with his compass. Now known by its Aboriginal name, Warramboo Hill affords a remarkable view over the town and mines. Located 562 kilometres north-east of Perth on the Great Northern Highway, Mount Magnet offers visitors a rich mining history, rugged granite breakaway countryside and breathtaking wildflowers in season.
Hepburn St (next to the Picture Theatre Garden); (08) 9963 4172
Mining and Pastoral Museum: collection of mining and pioneering artefacts includes a Crossley engine from the original State Battery; Hepburn St.
Heritage trail :
:see the surviving historic buildings and sites of the gold-rush era on this 1.4 km walk; contact visitor centre for map.
The Granites: rocky outcrop with picnic area and Aboriginal rock paintings; 7 km N.
Heritage drive: 37 km drive of local historic and natural sights, including views of old open-cut goldmine. Also takes in the Granites and various ghost towns; contact visitor centre for map.
Fossicking for gemstones: take care as there are dangerous old mine shafts in the area.
Cafes & restaurants around town
Caravan parks around town
Cue Tourist Park 71 kmA council park in the main street of Cue, this establishment has undergone redevelopment and expansion. It is popular with amateur prospectors who arrive in large numbers during the cooler winter months. The park has... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Rest areas around town
At Mt Magnet
Adjacent to the highway and opposite the caravan park.
T/O 6km N of Mt Magnet (R) or 74km S of Cue (L)
Well off the highway among unusual rock formations.
T/O 84km N of Paynes Find (R) or 60km S of Mt Magnet (L)
At the homestead 500m (unsealed) east of the highway. Camp kitchen and some powered sites available.
Cue park area 63 km
Adjacent to the highway and opposite the police station.
T/O 12km N of Cue (R) or 104km S of Meekatharra (L)
Around the homestead 3km (unsealed) east of the highway. Camp kitchen and some powered sites available.
Lake Nallan rest area 90 km
20km N of Cue (R) or 96km S of Meekatharra (L)
Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.