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Part of the 'northern goldfields' area in the 'goldfields' region, Leonora is approximately 833 km north east of Perth.

Mount Leonora was named after wife of the then WA governor by the explorer John Forrest in 1869, whilst the twin towns of Leonora and Gwalia was founded as goldmining towns in 1896 following the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie. It was in 1904 that the local publication the Bulletin reported:

'the main thoroughfare Tower St is well laid out and in every respect a credit to the municipality. The town has kero lamp lights, the footpaths are formed gravelled and kerbed. Although there are the customary iron and wooden structures which are found in the goldfield settlements, the hotels and business establishments have a most imposing appearance constructed of brick. A double-decker steam train runs between the busy towns of Leonora and Gwalia'.

Today, it is still a small, busy outback town, that is well kept and clean. The Sons of Gwalia mine opened in 1896, closing in 1963. Many pieces of that historic period remain in the Gwalia Historical Museum and compliment the 20 original old miners camps that have been restored by the local community. In 1984, the Sons of Gwalia mine opened as an open cut pit in and reverted back to underground workings in 1995. It operates adjacent to the Museum, giving tourists an insight of historic and modern mining methods.

It is an interesting place to make base to visit the surrounding region. There is a variety of accommodation including motel, caravan park, hotels, and two roadhouses. Bus and air transport regularly service the area, and you can make it your stop from which to go on to Alice Springs or head up north.

Check out our listing of Goldfields-Esperance accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Leonora Tourist Information Centre
C/- Shire of Leonora
16 Tower St (PO Box 56), LEONORA WA 6438
Ph: 08 9037 6044
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Leonora Distance

Distance to Leonora
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Leonora:
  Km
• Cervantes 992
• Coolgardie 270
• Kalgoorlie 235
  Km
• Meekatharra 630
• Perth 828
• Wiluna 298
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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