Marble Bar has gained a dubious reputation as the hottest town in Australia. For 161 consecutive days in 1923–24 the temperature in Marble Bar did not drop below 100°F (37.8°C). This mining town was named after a bar of mineral deposit that crosses the nearby Coongan River and was originally mistaken for marble. It proved to be jasper, a coloured variety of quartz.
11 Francis St; (08) 9176 1008.
Nearby national parks
Government buildings: built of local stone in 1895, now National Trust listed; General St.
Comet Gold Mine This mine operated from 1936 to 1955. The Comet is now a museum and tourist centre with displays of gemstones, rocks, minerals and local history. Also here, is a 75m high smoke stack, reputed to be the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. Underground mine tours occur twice daily.(08) 9176 1015; 10km S.
Marble Bar Pool: site of the famous jasper bar (splash water on it to reveal its colours) and a popular swimming spot; 4km W.
Corunna Downs RAAF Base: built in 1943 as a base for long-range attacks on the Japanese-occupied islands of the Indonesian archipelago; 40km SE.
Doolena Gorge: watch the cliff-face glow bright red as the sun sets; 45km NW.
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Marble Bar Races: July.