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The Southern Cross Motel & Restaurant is located in the township of Southern Cross.

371 kilometres east of the W.A. capital Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. It was founded by gold prospectors in 1888, and gazetted in 1890. It is the major town and administrative centre of the Shire of Yilgarn. With a population of around 1000 people, it is the definition of the hospitable small town.

The land is spectacularly beautiful in spring with wildflowers. Popular attractions within the Southern Cross area include Baladjie Rock, Frog Rock, Karalee Dam and Hunt's Soak; all interesting to visit and ideal picnic spots. For a panoramic view of the area, head up to Wimmera Hill Lookout which overlooks the township, the surrounding farmland and goldmines. Just east of town is the old cemetery which was developed as a Pioneer Memorial. Yilgarn History Museum, opened daily, provides a glimpse of the area's history.

Gold was discovered in Southern Cross in 1888 by Tom Risely and Mick Toomey. They named the place after the stars that had been their guide. Today all the streets and the salt lake of the town are named after stars or constellations.
The early settlers relied on horse and camel teams to transport goods. Chaff to feed them was expensive and so crops were grown on the 160 acre Miners Homestead blocks.