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Leonora is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, located 833km northeast of the state capital, Perth, and 237km north of the city of Kalgoorlie.At the 2011 census, Leonora had a population of 779, 24% of which were of Aboriginal descent. The area has a semi-arid climate, with a mean annual rainfall of 233mm. Mean daily maximum temperatures range from 18 °C (64 °F) for July to 37 °C (99 °F) for January.Leonora is primarily a mining town. There are a number of major gold mines in the Shire, as well as the Murrin Murin laterite nickel project. The area supports a significant pastoral industry.The first European explorer was John Forrest, who visited the area in 1869. On 21 June 1869 Forrest's party made camp near a conspicuous hill, which Forrest named Mount Leonora, after his six-year-old niece Frances (Fanny) Leonora Hardey. In 1894, gold was discovered in the area by a prospector named Morrisey, and in the following two years a number of rich finds resulted in rapid development of the area. The Sons of Gwalia gold mine brought Leonora to the attention of the world. By 1897 a residential and business area had been established, and the town was gazetted as Leonora in 1897.Leonora is in Western Australia. With the Inspirock online itinerary creator, Leonora and other destinations across the globe can be made central to your personalized travel plans.
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