Mount Magnet

Great Northern Highway, Ken Stepnell

Population 422

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.

Visitor Information

Hepburn St (next to the Picture Theatre Garden); (08) 9963 4172

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In Town

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

Mount Magnet Hotel

With a glittering goldmining past, Mount Magnet boasts a main street as wide as its future once promised. Like many towns to prosper from a mining boom, World War I took priority and sadly many of the miners didn’t... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mount Magnet Caravan Park

We sometimes stay at this good-quality council caravan park, which has all basic facilities. There are shady trees, a patch of lawn for tents and clean amenities.... Find out more

Cue Tourist Park 71 km

A 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

Wondinong Pastoral Station

In an area rich in natural beauty, Mount Magnet is the state’s longest continuously running gold mining settlement. Wondinong Pastoral Station is a working sheep and cattle station 72 kilometres north-east of Mount... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Magnet park area

At Mt Magnet

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the caravan park.

The Granites park area 7 km

T/O 6km N of Mt Magnet (R) or 74km S of Cue (L)

Well off the highway among unusual rock formations.

Kirkalocka Homestead camping area 55 km

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

At Cue

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the police station.

Nallan Homestead camping area 84 km

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.

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