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Southern Cross

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by Audrey (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
Published June 15th 2018
A piece of Western Australian history
On a recent drive across the Nullarbor from Western Australia to South Australia, we stopped over in a small town called Southern Cross approximately 400 kilometres east of Perth towards Kalgoorlie. It is situated on the Great Eastern Highway, and hence easily accessible.

Named after the Southern Cross constellation, it was founded in the nineteenth century during the gold rush era. Gold was discovered in the town in 1888. Up on the nearby Wimmera Hill, there is a lookout overlooking the town and its surrounding goldmines. It's a beautiful spot for a couple of photos. Built in 1988, a memorial stands proudly at the top to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of gold in Southern Cross.

southern cross centenary
Southern Cross Centenary


Other attractions within the area include Baladjie Rock, Frog Rock, Karalee Dam, Hunt's Soak and spectacular wildflowers in spring. Accommodation is also available for those who wish to stopover for the night.
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