Welcome to Gwalia and Hoover House Bed & Breakfast and Function Venue.Gwalia is a unique heritage destination managed by the Shire of Leonora.
Gwalia offers visitors an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and experience the remoteness of life in an outback mining town. This State heritage listed site includes the remnants of the old Gwalia townsite, a number of mine management buildings on Staff Hill, and the largest timber incline headframe in Australia.
It is possible to spend a morning wandering through the Gwalia townsite, where about twenty small iron and hessian miners' cottages are open to visitors. You can peer through the windows at Mazza's Store on the main street and imagine the life of itinerent workers at Patroni's Guest House next door. The magnificent Gwalia State Hotel, Western Australia's first government owned hotel, towers over the townsite.
After this take a stroll up the hill to the mine management precinct, where an audio tour is available to give information on the museum and outdoor exhibits. You can then take a well earned break and enjoy a tea or coffee and snacks on the verandah of the mine manager's house, now known as Hoover House Bed & Breakfast and Function Venue.
The town of Leonora is just a two minute drive north of Gwalia. In Leonora you will find the supermarket, road houses, chemist, hairdresser, ATMs, hotels and other accommodation. Shire facilities include the Library and Tourist Information Centre, swimming pool and recreation centre and a state of the art bowling green.