Moora, Western Australia


Moora, Western Australia
Moora
Western Australia
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Moora, Western Australia.
Population: 1,605 (2006 Census)[1]
Postcode: 6510
Elevation: 203 m (666 ft)
Location:
LGA: Shire of Moora
State District: Moore
Federal Division: Durack
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
459.2 mm
18.1 in

Coordinates: 30°38′17″S 116°00′36″E / 30.638°S 116.01°E / -30.638; 116.01

Moora is a townsite located 177 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. At the 2006 census, Moora had a population of 1,605.[1]

In March 1999, the town suffered a major flood when ex-Tropical Cyclone Elaine caused the Moore River to break its banks with the evacuation of 1000 people.[2] Just as the community was recovering, another major rainfall event on the already saturated land in May the same year caused yet another flood in the town.

The town is the most substantial wheat belt town between Geraldton and Perth. The town provides facilities and services such as commercial banks, schools, commerce and retail sectors, community recreational facilities; plus a Pharmacy, Dentist, Doctors and District Hospital.

The Moora Agricultural Show is held every year in September and includes a full Equestrian Program, Fire Works, Fashion Parade, entertainment and some exciting exhibits. The Moora Cup Race Day is one of the biggest events on Moora's social calendar and is held every year in October. At Easter Moora hosts the Speedway for some jam-packed excitement trackside!

Many tourist attractions can be found around the Moora District, ranging from the Western Wildflower Farm to the abundance of hand-painted murals and the Moora Town Clock. As such, Moora is often a popular stopover for tourist’s en route to holiday destinations and those following the wildflower trail.

Moora lies within the Moora Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it supports up to 60 breeding pairs of the endangered Short-billed Black Cockatoo.[3] Surrounding the town are several rural activities (such as the growing of wheat, barley, canola, oaten hay and lupins, as well as the raising of sheep, cattle and pigs) and a silica mine located 15 km north of the townsite.

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