Marble Bar

Jasper, Don Skirrow / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 194

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.

Visitor Information

11 Francis St; (08) 9176 1008.

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In Town

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.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Marble Bar Travellers Stop

The Marble Bar Travellers Stop is famous for its seafood, and also for dishing out tourist information on the area. Despite having a reputation as being the hottest town in Australia, Marble Bar is also one of the most... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ironclad Hotel

Established in 1893, the Ironclad Hotel has become an icon in the hottest town in Australia, quite possibly because it prides itself on always serving a well-deserved cold beer. The name originates from the American... Find out more

Marble Bar Travellers Stop

Marble Bar was once a thriving mining town of 5000, but now it’s known for its heat and isolation. Which is why coming across the Marble Bar Travellers Stop is such a welcome relief for weary travellers. Although... Find out more

What's on around town

Marble Bar Races: July.

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