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Monsignor J.C. Hawes Priest House Museum


The Monsignor J.C. Hawes Priest House Museum in Mullewa provides you with an opportunity to learn about the intriguing and inspiring Monsignor John Hawes, who made an enormous contribution to developing this region. Attached to the dramatic church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Priest House was home to Monsignor Hawes during his tenure as resident priest at this Catholic Church.

Housing many personal effects of Hawes, you will gain an insight into the life of this inspirational man as you imagine him at home in this two bedroom house which is furnished with his original possessions. Examine photographs and articles written about Hawes and see some of his architectural designs on display. A guided tour is highly recommended.

Located in Mullewa, which is one hour drive east of Geraldton or a six hour drive north of Perth, the Priest House Museum forms a significant part of the Monsignor John Hawes Heritage Trail, as it was known to be one of his favourite creations and is considered to be his finest work.




Bowes Street
Mullewa, WA, 6630

Located 16.1K from Wilroy

Monsignor J.C. Hawes Heritage Trail


The Monsignor J.C. Hawes Heritage Trail takes you through the scenic Murchison region on a four day self-drive tour of 15 buildings created by architect and priest Monsignor Hawes. The trail will give you an appreciation of the significant role this remarkable man played in the development of this region.

Commence the tour in Mullewa, which was Monsignor Hawes' home for many years and boasts the greatest number of his works. Travel through eight regional towns including Morawa, Northampton and Geraldton examining his inspiring creations, many of which he not only designed but also helped build. Also worth visiting is St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Geraldton which took 22 years to build. Admire the intricate detail of this magnificent and prominent building and marvel in the skills of the talented craftsmen. Guided tours of St Francis Xavier Cathedral run Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fee applies.

Mullewa is one hour drive east of Geraldton or a six hour drive north of Perth. Whilst the trail recommends four days to allow you plenty of time to visit each site, the distance travelled is only 270 kilometres. Therefore if time is limited, you can pick and choose your preferred stops.




via Doney Street
Mullewa, WA, 6630

Located 16.1K from Wilroy

Monsignor J. Hawes Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church


The striking Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was designed and built by Monsignor John Hawes. Wander around this magnificent Romanesque church to marvel at the exquisite work of this talented architect. Look out for the gargoyle that was a caricature of the Bishop of Geraldton, with whom Hawes was reputedly involved in a bitter dispute with at the time of building.

Hawes was not only the architect of over 15 magnificent churches in the area, but often assumed the role of foreman, carpenter and labourer. His interest in building churches came from his other significant role as a Catholic priest.

Visit the Priest House, which is attached to the church and was home to Hawes whilst he was the first resident parish priest of Mullewa. It has been converted into a museum and houses many personal items of this talented man. Considered to be one of his finest works, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a remarkable sight to see and is located in Mullewa, a six hour drive north of Perth.




Corner of Doney and Bowes Street
Mullewa, WA, 6630

Located 16.1K from Wilroy

Wildflowers of the Mid West


For carpets of colourful wildflowers there's no better place than Western Australia's Mid West region.

The wildflowers of the mid west are rated among the best in the country with fields of pink, blue and white everlastings colouring the landscape from late July to September.

This is the wildflower viewing you've always imagined - vast displays sometimes stretch as far as the horizon.

Hit the road around the towns of Mullewa, Mingenew, Perenjori and Wubin for excellent views of everlastings.

There's also plenty to see on self drive trips from Geraldton or Greenough. Vivid banksias and grevilleas, kangaroo paws, feather-flowers, starflowers, smoke-bushes and eucalypts are widespread.

Most visitor centres in the region can provide updates on the best places to see the flowers.

The wildflowers of the mid west region are an easy self drive trip from Perth - give yourself about six hours to get there. There are also many wildflower coach tours to the area operating during spring time from Perth.




Mid West
Mullewa, WA, 6630

Located 21.4K from Wilroy

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