Self-Drive trails traversing the red heart of Western Australia

Shire of Cue

Step back in time and take a visit to Cue, Queen of the Murchison.

Formerly the scene of a huge gold rush during the late 1890's, Cue is now a living example of the past and present, and is well worth the time to visit.

Cue is the perfect place to stay a night or two when touring the outback Murchison region of Western Australia. Located on the Great Northern Highway, 650km north east of Perth, you are sure to relish the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that this great heritage town offers.

Renowned as being a clean, safe and quiet town, Cue is proudly Western Australia's 2006 tidiest town and winner of the 2007 National Litter Prevention Award.

The Shire of Cue is 120kms south of Meekatharra and 80kms north of Mt Magnet, right in the middle of the beautiful outback. Its not a flat, arid landscape as people might imagine. The dark red backdrop is scattered with striking wildflowers, native animals, huge breakaways and bright white salt lakes. As you make your way into town you are struck by the heritage of the gold rush town lying in every building along the main street. If you are planning on including Cue in your outback adventure, its about 650km north-east of Perth and just over 400km from Geraldton. The best time for visting Cue is between April and September before the hot desert weather sets in.

Places to Stay

Cue Tourist Park


The Cue Tourist Park is located adjacent to the RV Parking area at the northern end of the Great Northern Highway in Cue and just a short stroll from the town centre. It provides an ideal base for both tourists and prospectors alike wanting to spend time in this historic area of Western Australia.

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Murchison Hotel


While in Cue enjoy the hospitality of the Murchison Hotel which has been operating since 1895 and now boasts en-suited rooms and a highly acclaimed A La Carte restaurant.

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Nallan Station Stay


The historic Nallan Station homestead was originally built in 1920 and follows the Miners Pathway. The Station spans 98,886Ha and provides ample opportunities to explore or relax, whichever your heart desires.

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Queen of the Murchison Guest House and Cafe


The historic Queen of the Murchison Hotel is waiting to accommodate you. When you are travelling along the Great Northern Highway relax and spend a day or two in the historic gold mining town of Cue.

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Get the Guide Book

Follow the pathways

The 178-page full colour guidebook paints a colourful picture of the region - its history, nature and its charismatic characters following three self-drive trails through the Gascoyne-Murchison - the Wool Wagon Pathway, Miners Pathway and the Kingsford Smith Mail Run.

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Plan Your Trip

Safety checklist

While the Outback Pathways have opened the heart of the Gascoyne and Murchison to visitors, many areas on the self-drive trails remain remote and warrant extra travel precautions.

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Local Attractions


WildflowersLate July - September
Wildflowers adorn much of the Gascoyne Murchison in spring time after plentiful rains.

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Station Stays

Station StaysApril - October
Outback Australian station stays offer you a unique holiday experience. Friendly hosts welcome you onto their stations and homesteads for a taste of country life in the Aussie Outback.

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Bird lifeAll year round
Waterways are ideal locations to experience the harmonious sounds and colourful sights of hundreds of birds that dwell in the Gascoyne Murchison region.

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AstronomyAll year round
You've never seen the stars shine as brightly as they do in the Gascoyne Murchison.

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GeologyAll year round
You'll experience a unique feeling of timelessness as you travel through country that possesses some of the oldest rocks in the world.

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