Mullewa is a small rural community in the Midwest of Western Australia, 99 kilometres east of Geraldton and 450 kilometres north of Perth.
The town is located in the heart of wildflower country and from late July to September is the ideal base for seeing the famed wreath flowers, carpets of everlastings, orchids and an abundance of flowering shrubs.
Mullewa is also home to significant heritage buildings including the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Priest House built by the renown priest-architect Monsignor John Hawes. Visitors can also enjoy a visit to the Priest House Museum or take one of three short heritage walks around the town (Hawes Heritage, Town Heritage or Rail Heritage).
The district of Mullewa has a population of approximately 450, with 60% resident within the town and about one third of the workforce engaged in agricultural activities. The total area of agricultural is 880,000 hectares with 193,600 hectares used for cropping and 33,600 for pasture. An annual harvest of wheat, oats, barley, lupins, canola and chickpeas yields in excess of 250,000 tonnes of grain, impressively produced on an average annual rainfall of only 334mm.
There are deposits of mineral sands, manganese, kaolin and iron ore in the district. Mt Gibson Mining Ltd opened operations at Tallering Peak late in 2003 mining for high-grade hematite (iron ore). In the 10 years to Feb 2014 they shipped in excess of 23 million tonnes to Chinese customers. Operations closed mid 2014.
Close to Mullewa are the old town sites of Tenindewa, Pindar, and Tardun, none of these centres has a significant population. Other localities in the district include Devils Creek, Wongoondy, Ardingly, Mendel, Beatty, Sullivan, Indarra, Casuarinas, Kockatea and Wilroy.
Mullewa is located at the junction of a number of significant transport routes. The Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road passes through Mullewa connecting the port and service centre of Geraldton with the mining and pastoral regions of Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. The Mullewa-Wubin Road heads south-east from Mullewa through Morawa and Perenjori to Wubin, Dalwallinu and beyond. South from Mullewa is the 90 km long Mullewa-Mingenew Road. This joins up with the Midlands route, the original route between Geraldton and Perth. The Carnarvon-Mullewa Road travels north from Mullewa, passing through the Murchison Settlement and Gascoyne Junction to finish at Carnarvon. Most of the road between Mullewa and Murchison settlement is now sealed. The Yuna-Tenindewa Road commences at Tenindewa and heads northwards to Yuna through the Chapman Valley Shire.
Unsealed roads can be affected by weather and other factors – check before you travel, be sure to carry plenty of water, and let someone know where you’re going.
TransWA operates a regular bus service to Mullewa, for timetable information please contact the Mullewa Visitor Centre or check the website.
Mullewa Visitor Centre is based at the Community Resource Centre. It’s your one-stop shop for information, maps, souvenirs, giftware, bus tickets, advice and a friendly welcome to town.
Mullewa Visitor Centre is fully accredited and open Monday to Friday 9am -4pm with Saturday and Sunday opening during the wildflower season (July to September).
Our staff and volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge and can provide the most up to date information about road conditions, wild flower locations, attractions, accommodation and services.
The Visitor Centre is next door to the Town Hall, on the corner of Maitland and Jose Streets.
If the Visitor Centre is closed, information is also available from the Mullewa District Office on the corner of Thomas & Padbury Streets.
You’re welcome to have a barbecue or campfire, except in the prohibited burning season (October – March). Be sure to extinguish your fire before moving on.