A vast shire without a town.
The vast Murchison Shire, lying to the east of Kalbarri, is the only shire in Australia without a town. In many ways there was no reason for a town. The area, located 690 km north of Perth and encompassing large pastoral properties specialising in cattle and sheep, has a sparse population of a little over 200. To create a town for the bureaucracy seemed out of all proportion to the needs of the shire.
In 1966 a residence for the Shire Clerk was built, at what is now Murchison Settlement, with a shire office included in the building.
1985 saw the establishment of a roadhouse, the completion of a new Shire office and museum.
Then, in 1988, Murchison was officially declared a settlement, situated on the Carnarvon–Mullewa Road, about 200 km north of Mullewa.
Things to see:
The main point of interest in the settlement is the museum which was built out of rammed earth and timber in the style of a typical pioneer's house. It includes a tack room and an extensive photo collection.