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Kanowna, WA

Located in the Goldfields region of Western Australia, Kanowna is a town that has seen both boom and bust. Located about 20 kilometers east of Kalgoorlie, this ghost town has a rich history that dates back to the late 19th century. Today, it serves as a fascinating destination for those interested in Australian history, mining, and the rugged beauty of the Outback.


Kanowna was established in 1894 following the discovery of gold in the area a year earlier. The town’s population skyrocketed from 2,500 in 1897 to over 12,500 by 1899. However, the alluvial gold supply was quickly depleted, leading to a decline in the town’s fortunes. By the 1950s, Kanowna had been abandoned, leaving behind only the railway station platform, two cemeteries, and mine workings.

The late 1970s saw a resurgence in interest in Kanowna’s gold deposits, thanks to rising gold prices. Mining recommenced in 1986, and as of 2002, the Kanowna Belle mine employed more than 300 people. This renewed activity has made the area economically viable once again.

What to See and Do

Railway Station Platform: A relic from the past, the platform is a reminder of the town’s bustling days.
Cemeteries: The two cemeteries offer a poignant look at the lives and deaths of Kanowna’s early residents.
Mine Workings: Explore the remnants of the mining operations that once fueled the town’s economy.

The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society has erected signs marking the sites of significant buildings, offering a self-guided tour of the town’s history.

Location: 615 km east of Perth, 20 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, 56 km northeast of Coolgardie.

Kanowna may be a ghost town, but it’s far from forgotten. Its rich history and recent resurgence make it a compelling destination for history buffs, adventure seekers, and anyone interested in the untamed beauty of Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

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About Kanowna

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Kanowna Postcode: 6431
  • State: Western Australia
  • Region: Esperance & the Golden Outback
  • Latitude: -30.54778
  • Longitude: 121.42428
  • Elevation: 344m
  • Population: 10
  • Median Income: $71500
  • Area (Sq/km): 2721.729
  • Timezone: Australia/Perth

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