Southern Cross


367 kilometres east of Perth


ACCOMMODATION in Southern Cross.

Southern Cross is located on the Great Eastern Highway, three hours’ drive west of Kalgoorlie. It is the centre for the Yilgarn Shire (Yilgarn is the Aboriginal word for white stone or quartz). The area includes Bullfinch, Marvel Loch, Moorine Rock, Bodallin and Koolyanobbing.

Southern Cross is situated in a prosperous, well established farming area including some of the largest farms in the state. The history that surrounds the district complements the beauty and adventure of the Shire of Yilgarn.

The land is spectacularly beautiful in spring with wildflowers. Popular attractions within the Southern Cross area include:

Baladjie Rock, Frog Rock, Karalee Dam and Hunt’s Soak; all interesting to visit and ideal picnic spots. For a panoramic view of the area, head up to Wimmera Hill Lookout which overlooks the township, the surrounding farmland and goldmines. Just east of town is the old cemetery which was developed as a Pioneer Memorial. Yilgarn History Museum, opened daily, provides a glimpse of the area’s history.

Gold was discovered in Southern Cross in 1888 by Tom Riseley and Mick Toomey. They named the place after the stars that had been their guide. Today all the streets and the salt lake of the town are named after stars or constellations.

The early settlers relied on horse and camel teams to transport goods. Chaff to feed them was expensive and so crops were grown on the 160 acre Miners Homestead blocks. Later, in the 1920s, a number of blocks were opened up as a Soldier Settlement, followed by the Miners’ Settlement project establishing miners suffering from ‘Miners’ Phthisis’ on the land.

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Yilgarn Agricultural Show  – The show has many features and attractions.

Southern Cross Motorcycle Club – King of the Cross

The Southern Cross Motorcycle Club is famous for holding its annual King of the Cross. This prestigious motorcross event is the richest race in Western Australia with prize money totalling $30,000.

Southern Cross Car & Bike Show and Swap Meet


BP Roadhouse
Great Eastern Highway
Phone: +61 8 9049 1162

Open 24 hours

Palace Hotel Restaurant
Cnr Antares Street and Great Eastern Highway
Phone: +61 8 9049 1555

Dinner: Monday – Sunday 6pm -8pm

Railway Tavern
Spicia Street
Phone: +61 8 9049 1030

Dinner: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Southern Cross Motel Restaurant
Canopus Street
Phone: +61 8 9049 1144

Breakfast: Monday 7:30am – 9am, Tuesday – Friday: 6:30am – 8am, Saturday: 7:30am – 9am
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Club Hotel
21 Antares Street
Phone: +61 8 9049 1202

Lunch: 12pm – 2pm daily
6pm – 8pm
(No meals on public holidays)

Caltex Roadhouse
Great Eastern Highway
Phone: +61 8 9049 1168

Open 24 hours

Yilgarn Coffee Lounge & Deli
Antares Street
Phone: +61 8 9049 1434

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 3:30 pm, Saturday 8am -1pm


Caltex Roadhouse
Great Eastern Highway
Southern Cross WA 6426
Phone: +61 8 9049 1168
Opening Times: 24 Hours

BP Roadhouse
Great Eastern Highway
Southern Cross WA 6426
Phone: +61 8 9049 1162
Opening Times: 24 hours

Resource Centre

Southern Cross Community Resource Centre
Canopus Street
Phone: +61 8 9049 1688
Email: [email protected]
Opening Times:  8:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday




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Upcoming Events

  1. Koorda Drive In

    January 23 @ 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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    January 26 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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    January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm