Leonora has that small town feeling with a laidback lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of a city. Just 10-minutes drive from town will transport you to a water haven filled with local wildlife. There are many kilometres of nature to explore and an abundance of tranquil camping locations ideal for a weekend away.
Located in Leonora is the Gwalia Gold Mine, owned by St Barbara Limited. Other mining companies operating nearby include Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited‘s Kailis Open Pit and Saturn Metals Limited‘s Apollo Hill Gold Project.
Leonora is an hour from Perth with Skippers Aviation, available via three return flights operating weekly.
Located only two hours’ drive or 230km north of Kalgoorlie, and home to 1,500 residents, Leonora is the service centre for the local mining, exploration and pastoral industries.
Council – Shire of Leonora
Leonora consists of some 350 houses, 100 industrial sites, three mining accommodation camps, a shady caravan park, two hotels with a-la-carte dining and one motel.
Shopping facilities include a supermarket, a butcher, a pharmacy, an op shop, a newsagent, a liquor store, a hardware store, a general store, a post office, two service stations (including restaurants), a nursery, a furniture store, a cafe, an accountant and a TAB. The Leonora Hospital is located on Sadie Canning Drive, off Goldfields Highway, while the Leonora Community Resources Centre provides internet access, printing and Skype resources for residents.
Leonora Child Care Centre is a purpose-built centre which caters for the developmental needs of children from ages 0 to 5 years. The Leonora District High School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with a modified program for Year 11 and 12 students.
The Leonora Rural Transaction Centre incorporates a tourist and information centre and public library to provide locals with information about attractions, souvenirs as well as information packs.
Located 2km from the CBD, the Leonora Domestic Airport boasts a two directional runway system. Skippers operate regular public flights to and from Perth four days per week.
Hoover House Bed and Breakfast is located 3.8km south of Leonora where guests can enjoy free entry to the Gwalia Ghost Town & Museum.
Leonora boasts many sporting facilities as well as a local museum to explore.
A well-equipped purpose-built modern recreation centre (includes two air-conditioned squash courts, a gymnasium and an indoor basketball court which doubles for such sports as indoor cricket, volleyball and badminton.
Leonora Aquatic Centre is a well-equipped purpose built outdoor aquatic centre which includes a six lane, 25m pool. Other sporting facilities include outdoor tennis and netball courts, a grassed oval and an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse.
The Leonora Clay Target Club is the local shooting club on Laverton Road, while the Leonora Race club hosts three meetings each season, two over the Golden Gift Weekend in June and one for the Leonora Cup in October.
The Leonora Lawn Bowling Facility boasts a state of the art bowling green with artificial turf, retractable overhead shade sail, large club room facility with kitchen, bar, change room and ablution facilities.
Gwalia museum and historic ‘ghost town’ is a settlement from the late 1890’s, which thrived until the Sons of Gwalia Mine closed in 1963. Gwalia’s 1200-strong population at the time fell to just 40 in less than three weeks. Today, the abandoned homes and businesses of Gwalia, the historic Hoover House and museum sit alongside the thriving St Barbara Limited Gwalia Gold Mine and create a tangible snapshot of the mine’s colourful history.
The town of Leonora plays host to annual horse races as well as running races.
Golden Gift (June): Australia’s richest mile running race along the main street of Leonora and a carnival that includes athletics events for the whole family, such as concerts, fireworks, markets and kids’ entertainment.
Leonora Cup (October): Red dirt horse races in a relaxed country setting held in early October every year.
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