Mount Magnet is a small, gold mining town located just over 6 hours Northeast of Perth. Rich in important
The area of Mount Magnet was first explored by Europeans in 1854 when Robert Austin surveyed the future townsite. Activity and settlement started occurring though the late 19th century when gold was found in 1891, followed by the development of numerous major mines in 1894. The town was eventually gazetted in 1895 and named Mount Magnet, a name originally given to the area by Robert Austin in 1854. By the turn of the century, Mount Magnet was flourishing with 14 hotels, 2 newspapers and 30 goldmines!
However, these golden days were short-lived as the start of World War I resulted in a steady decline in the town. The Hill 50 gold mine opened in 1939, producing over 3000 ounces of gold a month! This mine was eventually closed in 2007 being impressively over 1.5kms deep and produced 2.1 million ounces of gold! To this day, gold mining still occurs in Mount Magnet,
The Heritage Walk is a great way to explore Mount Magnet’s important history and its impact on the area! A simple walk up and down the main street, with a slight detour along Naughton Street, allows you to visit 14 places of interest, including the bank managers house (once the best house in 1896), the old primary school, the
Starting from the town
The granites are one of the most impressive sites on the trail, located 7km North of the town. These curious rocky outcrops are spread over several hectares and contain some fascinating Aboriginal paintings, dating back over 9000 years! These paintings can be found in small eroded areas in the granite boulders and are a place of cultural significance to the Badimia Tribe.
Distance from Perth: 573kms Northeast