Whim Creek Hotel - Whim Creek WA

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According to Wikipedia the Whim Creek Hotel is a famous landmark midway between Karratha and Port Hedland, and is renowned as a rest stop, hotel and drinking establishment for the better part of the 20th century. It is located 1645km north of Perth.

The original Whim Creek Hotel was a tin-roofed structure which was blown down in a cyclone in the 1890s. The hotel was resurrected, and has been blown down twice since; in the mid-20th century and in the 1990s.

The current Whim Creek Hotel was erected in the early 20th century. The original building frame, made of steel, was originally intended to be the frame for the Marble Bar Courthouse. The frame and materials were landed at the Balla Balla Creek jetty, ready for transport inland to Marble Bar, but the effort was stranded by a large cyclone. The building was erected at its current site on the banks of Whim Creek, where the steel frame has stood ever since. The wooden facade has, however, been blown off twice.

Colourful history

Whim Creek was renowned for its alcoholic camel which used to drink patrons' beers before being relocated to Wiluna, suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, and a large python which used to live within the rafters above the bar. Three brothers from the local Aboriginal community are commemorated for their war service via a mall memorial in the car park. They died in 1943 in the Papuan Campaign of World War II.

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Photos and reviews on this page were kindly supplied by our roving reporter Darlene Collins in 2017.

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Contact and Location
Whim Creek Hotel

Whim Creek WA 6718
P: 08 9176 8700
GPS:S20 50 22,E117 50 08
GPS:S20 50.3833,E117 50.1499

  1. Darlene Collins  of  Gold Coast Tue July 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Great hotel in the middle of nowhere. Watch where you park, livestock trucks pull in there at night and you don't want to get in there way. There are powered sites out the back for $15 per night but quite a small area. You can park out the front for free and if you have food or drink at the hotel you get a key to the showers for free. Heaps of room for large rigs. Loved it.
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