A GUIDE TO VISITING THE MECKERING FAULT SCARP

Western Australia is blessed with some of the world's most precious natural phenomena including the dolphins of Monkey Mia, the 350 million year old Bungle Bungle range,the towering karri forests of the South West and the Meckering Earthquake Fault Scarp.

Meckering is located approximately 130km east of Perth of which has both international and domestic airports. A car is essential for travel to Meckering and the surrounding region. Perth has several car hire companies, it is recommended you book before arriving.

The Great Eastern Highway runs straight through the township of Meckering which has a population of approximately 100 people. Meckering has a Shell Roadhouse, a Butchershop, a General Store and The Big Camera Museum of Photography which is well worth the visit while you are in town. The Big Camera Museum also has a collection of newspaper clippings from 1968 about the Meckering Earthquake. Don't forget to check out the twisted railway track at the outdoor earthquake display across the road from the Shell Roadhouse.

Approximately 3km to the West of Meckering is a "Historic Earthquake Ruins" site. Take the first left turn after the Shell Roadhouse heading East on the Great Eastern Highway and follow the marked signs to the remaining ruins.

To visit what is remaining of the original fault scarp you drive West for 2km on the Great Eastern Highway from the township of Meckering until you turn left at Quellington Road. Drive for a further 9km following the signs which read "Earthquake Site". On your left you will see a small corrugated iron roofed information site. Park car and then follow the markers on foot to walk the remains of the Meckering Fault Scarp. Beware the flies and long grass, sensible footware is advised!

With only 1.5km remaining of the original 37km fault scarp it is best viewed by a light aircraft. Northam Aero Club(30km from the actual scarp) offers chartered flights. Pilot Colin Ekert can be contacted for further information.


Click HERE to view aerial and ground level video footage of the Meckering fault scarp


External Web Links
Northam Aero Club
Cunderdin Wheat Belt Region W.A.
Western Australia Car Hire
Meckering Today - November 2001