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Mount Magnet Shire

General Notes: Surrounding the town are remnants of old gold mining operations, and to the north east are significant Aboriginal sites being preserved jointly by the local community and the West Australian Museum. Its history is sustained through the Wirnda Barna Arts Centre,and a Mining and Pastoral Museum. Today Mount Magnet is primarily a service town for the surrounding pastoral district which supports very large sheep stations.

Usage Restriction: The climate in Mount Magnet is an arid climate, also known as a desert climate that has a BWh classification according to the Köppen climate classification. The mean maximum temperature in Mount Magnet is 28.6 °C. The driest months are September to November with average monthly rainfall of 8.93mm. The hottest day recorded in Mount Magnet was 47.4 °C on 21 January 2015. Lands in this region may be subject to Native Title and the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation should be contacted for further information on the Native Title holders of these lands. Lands may also be subject to mining and exploration tenement packages.

Jurisdictions: Mid West Development Commission, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, Shire of Mount Magnet

Ownership: Multiple

Location Details

Mount Magnet and landscapes

Australia / Mount Magnet, Western Australia
Location ID: #10096990
Mount Magnet is one of the Mid West region’s original gold mining towns, and the longest surviving gold mining settlement in Western Australia. The prominent hill that is adjacent to the current townsite was called West Mount Magnet in 1854 by explorer Robert Austin, having named a smaller hill 64 km away, East Mount Magnet (now called Carron Hill). Both hills had an extremely high iron content which affected the readings of his compass. The magnetic variation at Mount Magnet is zero: magnetic north equals true north. In the 2011 census, Mount Magnet had a population of 532.During spring (September to November) the area attracts tourists viewing the natural display of everlasting flowers that can stretch for kilometres in all directions.

Being 6 hours drive from Perth makes it a comfortable day's journey for vehicles heading further north to places like Mount Augustus and Port Hedland. Mount Magnet is a 3.5 hour drive east of Geraldton. Geraldton is a 1 hour flight from Perth.

Location Category:

  • AGRICULTURE - Horse Farms / Stables / Racecourses;
  • CITIES / TOWNS / SUBURBS - Outback Towns;
  • CITIES / TOWNS / SUBURBS - Western / Ghost Towns;
  • DOUBLES AS - Afghanistan;
  • LANDSCAPES - Bushland / Scrub;
  • LANDSCAPES - Caves / Caverns;
  • LANDSCAPES - Desert / Sand Dunes;
  • LANDSCAPES - Plains / Savannahs;
  • LANDSCAPES - Red Dirt;
  • LANDSCAPES - Rock Formations / Cliffs;
  • ROADS / HIGHWAYS - Flat / Straight Roads;
  • ROADS / HIGHWAYS - Red Dirt;
  • SPORTS - *;
  • SPORTS - Rodeo Arenas;
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