The Shire of Yilgarn


BaladgieThe Shire of Yilgarn is 30,720 square km in area and has a population of approximately 1,600. Yilgarn is known by many as the Gateway to the Wheatbelt and the Goldfields.


The name “Yilgarn” is aboriginal for “white stone” or “quartz”.


Southern Cross is the major town centre of the Shire of Yilgarn and is 370km east of Perth along the Great Eastern Highway. Other townsites in the Shire include Bodallin, Bullfinch, Ghooli, Koolyanobbing, Marvel Loch, Moorine Rock and Yellowdine.


The two major industries in the area are Mining and Rural. Gold, gypsum, salt and iron are mined, while grain, wool, sheep, cattle and pigs are the focus of the rural industry.


The co-existence of mining and agriculture has balanced the Yilgarn economy, with the two activities supplementing and complementing each other through their respective boom and bust cycles.


Tourism is another growing industry in the Yilgarn. There are many wonderful places of attraction throughout the Shire including Baladjie Rock, Frog Rock, Karalee DamHunts SoakYilgarn History Museum, just to name a few. The wildflower season is an excellent time to visit the Yilgarn to see the may beautiful colours of the area.


The people and places make the Yilgarn a place to remember. The long history surrounding the Shire is famous to many throughout the State and complements the existing beauty and adventure of the Shire of Yilgarn. For more information on any tourist attractions in the area, as well as booking train tickets and tourist brochures visit the Shire Office, the tourism information centre.



Wildflowers (PDF download 247 KB)

Bullfinch (PDF download 566 KB)

Golden Valley Knutsford (PDF download 308 KB)

Koolyanobbing (PDF download 689 KB)

Lake Koorkoordine, Hunts Soak, Turkey Hill & Government Dam (PDF download 184 KB)

Mt Palmer (PDF download 288 KB)

New Zealand Gully Dam & Maori Lass Mine (PDF download 212 KB)

Karalee Dam (PDF download 689 KB)

Vultee Vengeance Plane Crash (PDF download 243 KB)

Pioneer Trek Old Mining Leases (PDF download 160 KB)

Granite Discovery North (PDF download 189 KB)

Granite Discovery South (PDF download 133 KB)

Yilgarn History Museum (PDF download 118 KB)

Southern Cross Caravan Park & Sandalwood Motor Lodge (PDF download 350 KB)

Southern Cross Town Map (PDF download 417 KB)

Moorine Rock, Dulyalbin & Mount Hampton (PDF download 169 KB)





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How to get to us

From Perth

The Shire of Yilgarn is centred on the town of Southern Cross, which is situated 370 km east of Perth along the Great Eastern Highway.