If you’re visiting or passing through the historic northern Goldfields, don't forget to stop by Leonora Tourist Information Centre. This visitor information centre is where you’ll find all you need to know about the historical mining, exploration, and the town's well-established pastoral industry.
Not only that, this service centre will let you wander down memory lane and learn about the Gwalia Museum and Village. They also have maps and details of places in the region. You can find everything from Kalgoorlie in the south to Wiluna in the north, Mt Magnet in the west and Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarraku lands in the east.
Tourists can get all details of the attractions and things at the centre. You can also find all sorts of souvenirs, memorabilia, and other retail items available for purchase and brochures in all the regions in WA.
What You Can Expect When You Visit The Renowned Shire of Leonora and Its Famous Tourist Attractions
In 1896, Leonora was a small settlement of hessian and timber shacks. Within a few years, the growing town boasted many of the buildings on the Leonora Heritage Trail.
The township of Leonora lies 230 km north of Kalgoorlie and supports a population of 1500 people. It experiences daytime temperatures averaging around 15°C in winter to 38°C in summer. Rainfall is scarce, with the average being around 250mm per year. Travellers are advised to carry ample water when venturing off the main highways.
Leonora is serviced by a bitumen road from Perth via Kalgoorlie. You can travel via the Great Eastern Highway to Kalgoorlie and then on the Goldfields Highway to Leonora. A public airline also services the Leonora and Leinster townsites.
The town consists of 350 houses, 100 industrial sites, three mining type accommodation camps, a shady caravan park, two hotels (including restaurants) with a-la-carte dining and one motel. Shopping facilities include a supermarket, pharmacy, liquor, hardware and general store, post office, two roadhouses or service stations, cafe, accountant and TAB.
The Hoover House, which has been converted into a luxury bed and breakfast and cafe, was originally occupied by Herbert Hoover (who became the American president).
The surrounding countryside is home to wildlife, with kangaroos and emus being the most prolific. Wedge-tailed eagles are also in large numbers throughout the area.
Wildflowers are best seen in the months between July and September. There’s a fantastic resource available for those interested in the birdlife around Leonora, thanks to the CSIRO, Leonora DHS, Birdlife Australia and NHRC.
You can pick up the ‘Tirtarti Birds of the Leonora Area’ Brochure from the tourist information centre. Each brochure contains nearly 120 illustrations and names of birds found in the area.
There’s also a well-equipped purpose-built modern recreation centre in the CBD that caters to health and fitness requirements and all sporting pursuits. It includes two air-conditioned squash courts, a gymnasium and an indoor basketball court that doubles for sports such as indoor cricket, volleyball and badminton, and a purpose-built modern Aquatic Centre including a 25m lap pool associated with “fun” pools.
A 9-hole golf course and clubhouse provide a challenge to all golfers. There’s also a clay target shooting club that holds an annual 'Golden Nugget' shoot. The Race Club attracts large crowds to the dirt track situated 4kms from the town. Each year, the club conducts three race meetings, culminating in the Leonora Cup meeting conducted in September of each year.
The town has a resident doctor and a modern hospital serviced by a volunteer St. Johns Ambulance service. Modern schooling is available in Leonora from pre-school to Junior High School.
Moreover, Leonora’s history as a gold mining town is well presented in its main tourist attraction - Gwalia Ghost Town. A large amount of restoration has already been carried out on buildings to retain the mining town's character.
If you are looking more about Leonora’s local attractions, visit Leonora Information Centre’s business page here to learn more!