It is said that the town of Yalgoo, Western Australia is the start of the Outback when exploring Western Australia. Also the doorstep to Australia’s Golden Outback.
We journey here as we are on a road trip from Geraldton, Western Australia back to Donald, Victoria. It’s time to say goodbye to Western Australia life after living here for the past 3 years.
WHERE TO FIND YALGOO
Located six hours north of Perth and 2 hours east of Geraldton. The start of Outback Western Australia. The town falls under the municipal council of The Shire of Yalgoo.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN & AROUND YALGOO
Located Opposite the Sporting Complex is the Yalgoo Caravan Park. It has a simple layout with motel-style unit accommodation for singles, couples, and families. Large Powered or Unpowered Caravan Sites and drive through sites to suit big rigs. At our time of visit, it was a cash-only park.
The local pub offers everything you need, cold beers and good food. The famous “Goo” burger is a must. A fully loaded hamburger! YUM!
THINGS TO DO IN YALGOO
Located 10km from Yalgoo, Jokers Tunnel was carved through solid rock by early gold prospectors. Named after the Joker mining syndicate. Did we walk the tunnel? We got ten steps in and walked out, unfortunately, the tunnel was full of bats and we chose not to do the walkthrough.
Railway Station Complex
The Railway Station was great importance to the town of Yalgoo and the surrounding district, first for transport linked with the mining industry and later for wool. The railway line was closed in 1978 despite much local protest due to cheaper road transport and dwindling population.
The closure of the line left the railway station empty and it soon became rundown. The Shire of Yalgoo took ownership of the building and, with the community, refurbished it for use as a Sporting and Community Centre. It is now called the Yalgoo Sporting Complex. Many community groups meet at the Complex and the annual Yalgoo Race meeting is also held there.
Renowned for its glorious carpets of Western Australia wildflowers from July to September as well as Gold Battery. Established in 1911 the Paynes Find Gold Battery is the only working battery in the state. Take a tour and enjoy the museum and displays. View our post on Wildflowers of Western Australia.
The courthouse is now a museum with a display of old photographs, gold rush history, and normal household items. The restored Old Yalgoo Police Station and Jail. These buildings were built in 1896 and although the cells are very small they were an improvement on the old stick and chain method previously used for incarceration. Toilet facilities are available and information any is adjacent to the Courthouse.
A popular area to try and find gold. Many fossickers come here to try their luck around the goldfields.
Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater
This one was hard to find and we almost got lost trying to find it, but this crater is a small meteorite impact crater that is located on Dalgaranga Pastoral Station that is 75KM west of Mount Magnet, Western Australia. Its only 24M Diameter and 3M Deep. No facilities on site and keep your eyes out for the signposts.
If you would like further information on the town and the Shire of Yalgoo, check out their website for further details. Road Tripping around the Area, check out our other posts – 14 Low Cost Attractions in Geraldton, 9 Essential Attractions to visit in Kalgoorlie & Coalseam Conservation Park.
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