This productive mixed farming town, about 370km north of Perth, does a lot for WA’s economy by way of wheat, sheep, cattle and other agricultural activity, but its greatest claim to fame lies in a now defunct mine. It was from the Koolamooka Hills Mine about 20km from Moora that Western Mining Corporation took more than five million tonnes of iron ore between 1966 and 1974. This ore went to the Port of Geraldton, 180km away, from where it was shipped to Japan, making this mine’s output of iron ore the very first to be exported anywhere from Australia. Other farming activities which are growing in prominence include a resurgence of sandalwood cultivation, and eucalyptus oil and tea trees. Morawa also has an interesting church built in 1932 in the Spanish mission style - the Church of the Holy Cross - and an old stone presbytery that is claimed to be one of the smallest in the world, both designed and built with the help of Monsignor John Hawes. A controversial character, Hawes is responsible for a number of WA's more spectacular country churches.