Located 157 km east of Mount Magnet
and 661 km north of Perth
, Sandstone is a heritage
town in the lower Murchison
District. The landscape although harsh, is picturesque with numerous breakaways.
Sandstone started life as a boom goldrush town in the late 1890s but by 1919 it had become a virtual ghost town. Consequently the history of the town is very much the history of the East Murchison
- the discovery of gold, the sudden influx of miners, the dreams of a town that would last forever, the sudden decline in the goldfields, the disappearance of the population
, and the town settling down to become a small centre for the surrounding pastoral leases.
Sandstone once again supports mining but now also tourism.
Visitors today will enjoy a few heritage
buildings in the main street and a wonderful self-drive Heritage
Trail (get maps from post office
). Simply follow the signs on good dirt road to view the Brewery, State Battery, London Bridge
, & Contradiction Well.