Some info about Melangata
The name Monsignor John Hawes may mean more to those of us that live in the Midwest of Western Australia than those who don’t. Simply because this man known as Dean Hawes or Reverend Hawes, when he first came to serve in the Geraldton Diocese, left such an indelible and architecturally beautiful legacy on this landscape it is hard not to know who he was and be familiar with at least one of his buildings.
Perenjori, Morawa, Mingenew, Dongara, Mullewa, Yalgoo, Northampton, Nabawa, Nanson, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Yalgoo and I am sure more all have a Church a Chapel a Convent or a Cathedral either designed and constructed or just designed by this quite amazing man.
As a newly trained Catholic Priest who was also an architect, sculptor and artist he arrived in 1915 and during his 25 years in the area was instrumental in about 25 or more constructions of which most are still standing and in good repair.
During the first years of his posting he became friends with a store keeper in the small mining town of Yalgoo his name was Caleb Charles Williamson and the two men became friends.
Caleb had purchased the Pastoral lease called Melangata, which is about 70km north of Yalgoo, some years previous which didn’t have a homestead that was suitable for his family of wife Catherine and their six children. So knowing of Dean Hawes skill as an architect Caleb commissioned him to design a homestead for the property and what a design it turned out to be and today, as far as I know, is the only still privately owned residential building designed by Monsignor John Hawes in the world.
Up until now Melangata Homestead, because of the fact it is a private residence, has rarely been open to the public but that is now about to change as we intend to renovate the building to offer it for homestead dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation for adults only to enjoy a genuine station experience.
The Homestead has three rooms with Queen Beds one room with a queen and single and one room with a king and a single plus its own tea and coffee making facilities.
The Homestead accommodation will only ever have six guests at a time so everyone can enjoy their experience without getting in each other’s way.
A three course home cooked meal is served to guests in the dining room each night and the lounge is full of comfy chairs, books to read, games to play or just a chat and a nightcap in front of the open fire.
Breakfast is a continental served in the dining room although a good hearty country cooked breakfast can be arranged.
As well as the Homestead accommodation we have a camp ground set up with unpowered sites amongst the trees near the shearing shed and there is room for all sized camping set ups from a swag to a fifth wheeler we have plenty of room for all.
A rustic camp kitchen with wood fired BBQ and fire pit is available to use, flush dunnies and always hot showers plus a space cleared for use if the weather turns inclement inside the shearing shed.
This camp kitchen is where I also hold my camp oven cooking classes for groups of guests keen to learn how to make a delicious meal in the outdoors.
Eventually over time we will renovate the shearer’s quarters to offer more budget accommodation for those that don’t necessarily want to bring their own camping equipment.
We do however have two self-contained tents to rent, one is a single tent that comes with the bed made and all the camping gear for a comfortable stay and the other is a 4m bell tent with a queen mattress already made for you and all the camping gear provided as well, so if you would like to “TRY” camping without having to get all the gear then this is for you.
For a small cover charge we conduct Homestead tours once a day and there are many interesting places to visit with in an hour and a half’s drive from the homestead.
Dalgaranga Homestead and Dam, Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater and, the claimed to be second largest Monolith in Australia, Walga Rock which is home to an extensive Aboriginal Art Gallery.
The historic Gold mining towns of Cue, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo are also just down the road.
The bird life on Melangata is amazing and so far there have been 30 confirmed and recorded different species of bird on the property and that is mostly just around the homestead.
So whether you are keen on a room in the homestead or you would like to camp or get a group together for a camp oven cook up then Melangata Station Stay is the place for you.
For any other information regarding accommodation or cooking classes please phone the station on 99637777, if I don’t answer then please leave a message so I can get back to you.
Or email me at
Or message me through the Melangata Station Stay FB page once you have liked it.
Or through my web site www.joclewscooking.com.
So even though we are a happily mobile free zone there are still lots of ways to get in touch. We look forward to having you come and stay and enjoy the place we love.