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Southern Cross

Visitor Centre:
Southern Cross Yilgarn Shire
Southern Cross
Phone: (08) 9049 1001
Visitor website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au
General:
If you are sightseeing or just taking a break from driving there are many interesting sites within the town. Located in the main street, you can rest a while under the shade of a gum tree in the Rotary Park, with well appointed BBQ and toilet facilities. Visit the Shire Office for all tourist information, reminisce at the Yilgarn Historical Museum, or even visit some of the other towns located within the shire such as, Bodallin, Moorine Rock, Bullfinch and Marvel Loch.
History:
The town of Southern Cross was founded in 1888 by Tom Risley and Mick Twoomey who named the locality after the starsthat guided them to the place. Today all the streets and the saltlakes in the area are named after
stars and constellations. If you are sightseeing or just taking a break from driving there are many interesting sites within the town. Located in the main street, you can rest a while under the shade of a gum tree in the Rotary Park, with well appointed BBQ and toilet facilities. Visit the Shire Office for all tourist information, reminisce at the Yilgarn Historical Museum, or even visit some of the other towns located within the shire
such as, Bodallin, Moorine Rock, Bullfinch and Marvel Loch.
Attractions:
PLACES OF INTEREST
Yilgarn History Museum The building was the state’s first Registrar’s Office & Courtroom, where Arthur
Bayley registered his claim for the fields at Coolgardie, and where Paddy Hannan took out his Miner Rights. Open hours: 9.30am-4pm, Mon-Sat (closed 12pm-1.30pm), Sun: Open 1.30pm-4pm.
Southern Cross Collections and Car Weekend
Held on the long weekend in September showcasing
Southern Cross, a variety of events and activities including a photography competition with a large prize pool, collections on display and other items for sale, clothes via a fashion parade compared by a TV personality and on Sunday a car show featuring vintage and classic vehicles and swap meet. Wimmera Hill Lookout This lookout allows visitors to view the town site of Southern Cross, the surrounding farmland and abandoned gold mines.
Karalee Dam
Collecting water running off the rocks, the construction of this significant aqueduct was made
to provide water to the dam for slow steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. It has excellent picnic and camping facilities and is located 56 km east along the Great Eastern Highway.
Frog Rock
A wave-like formation, dam and picnic area located 30 km south-west of Southern Cross.
Mount Palmer
This bustling town and goldmine operated from 1934-
1944. See the remains of the once ‘most pretentious pub in WA’ and abandoned mining operations. With informative signage it is located 46 km south-east from Southern Cross. Road conditions vary seasonally; Check with the Shire for updates.
SPECIAL EVENTS
King of the Cross
An annual event held by the Southern Cross Motorcycle Club, drawing competitors from all over the country and overseas for the richest motocross prize pool in Australia, $45,000. Just a few kilometres out of Southern Cross, a world class motocross track that includes excellent camping facilities, attracting thousands of spectators. A two day event including “Kid of the Cross”, “Queen of the Cross” and “King of the Cross”.