Towns in Australia

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Moora WA


Postcode: 6510

Moora is a townsite located 172 km north of Perth in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Moora was one of the original stations on the Midland railway line to Walkaway, and the townsite was gazetted in 1895.

The largest town between Geraldton and Perth, Moora has a population of 1400. This gives some indication of the smallness of most of the towns in the area. Although Moora is a pleasant little town its major attractions exist outside the town boundaries – it has spectacular wildflower displays in season and historic Berkshire Valley is a major tourist attraction.

The area was first explored by George Fletcher Moore who named the Moore River in 1836. The settlement of the area occurred in the 1840s but there was no need for a township. As late as 1873, when the telegraph passed through the area, the operator was a member of the family at Berkshire Valley. The town eventually grew up on the banks of the river and was officially gazetted on 12 April 1895. It was named after some sort of corruption of ‘Maura’ which was said to be the name local Aborigines gave to a well to the west of the town.