Gwalia Ghost Town & Museum - WA RVFT

Free Camping - Western Australia


There is a free RV Site just outside the Mine precinct gates. You must register your vehicle with the Museum for an overnight stay. Maximum stay is 72 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an RV site only. Caravan parking is only permitted when the Leonora Caravan Park is full to capacity.

Visitors can explore over a dozen buildings in the Gwalia ghost town, including miners’ cottages, single men’s camps, Patroni’s Guest House and Mazza’s Store. Up on the hill in the Mine Precinct, there are the Mine Manager’s House (now Hoover House Bed & Breakfast), the Assay Office, the headframe and winder and many fascinating outdoor exhibits. Highlights include ‘Midland’, one of three steam engines that worked on the woodlines supplying the Sons of Gwalia mine with timber and fuel. There is also the first passenger tram in Western Australia, which ran between Leonora and Gwalia from 1903 to 1921. The collection of smaller objects housed in the Mine Office explores community, cultural and mining life and features the heritage of Afghans, Italians and Yugoslavs.

Gwalia Museum is open from 9am to 4pm daily (excluding Christmas Day).

Allow a couple of hours to cover the Mine Precinct and then enjoy coffee and cake, or a light lunch, on the verandah of Hoover House before exploring the townsite buildings.


Drive directly to the Mine Precinct on top of the hill to gain entry to Gwalia Museum. There is ample parking for caravans at the RV Site outside the entry gates.

There are no entry fees. A donation however will be much appreciated as it will help fund the conservation and upkeep of Gwalia ghost town & museum.

$2 for an audio tour covering 60 points of interest.

This free site is a stone metal paved area right on top of a hill overlooking the old Gwallia town-site and quite exposed. Although the website states motor-homes only the sign at the location does not state that. It does insist on total self containment though. At the time we were there there was no one in attendance at the Museum. This site may suit some R.V ers but we went to Malcolm Dam 14 Ks up the road where there were no restrictions and the site was absolutely wonderful. ( I reviewed Malcolm Dam)

What a great insight into ‘how it was’ with the miner’s cottages still there for you to wander into. The quietness & intermittent squeaky sound of the ghost towns windmill added to the deserted atmosphere. The overnight stay on top of the hill at the Museum was peacefull with plenty of space to park.
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