Population 164

Alluvial gold was discovered in the 1890s in Yalgoo, which lies 216 kilometres east of Geraldton. Today, gold is still found in the district and visitors are encouraged to try their luck fossicking in the area. The name Yalgoo is from the Aboriginal word meaning 'blood', a rather odd fact given that in 1993 a Yalgoo resident was the first person in Australia to be the victim of a parcel bomb.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, Geraldton–Mt Magnet Rd; (08) 9962 8157


Nearby national parks

  • Kalbarri National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Morawa

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  • Mullewa

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  • Mount Magnet

    In 1854 the hill that rises above this Murchison goldmining town was named West Mount Magnet by surveyor Robert Austin after he noticed that...more

In Town

Courthouse Museum: exhibits of local artefacts; Gibbons St.

Gaol: built in 1896 and recently relocated to the museum precinct, it has photographs illustrating the town's history; Gibbons St.

Chapel of St Hyacinth: designed by Monsignor Hawes and built in 1919 for the Dominican Sisters who lived in a wooden convent school near the chapel; Henty St.

Heritage walk: self-guided town walk; pamphlet available at visitor centre.


Cemetery: the history of Yalgoo as told through headstones; 5 km W.

Joker's Tunnel: a tunnel carved through solid rock by early prospectors and named after the Joker's mining syndicate, it has panoramic views near the entrance; 10 km SE.

Meteorite crater: discovered in 1961, a portion of the meteorite is held at the WA Museum in Perth; 100 km N.

Gascoyne Murchison Outback

Pathways: 3 drives exploring outback history: the Wool Wagon Pathway, the Kingsford Smith Mail Run and the Miners Pathway; see visitor centre or website for maps.

Caravan parks around town

Yalgoo Caravan Park

This is a good example of what a small community can achieve with an attractive tourist park in the main street of Yalgoo. The layout is simple, the amenities are basic and the result is good. Pay your fees (cash only)... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Tardie and Yuin Stations

Six and a half hours from Perth, Yalgoo is known as the place where the outback starts. The homestead is comfortable and clean, but the real reason to visit here is to experience life on the station and get a sense of... Find out more

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