The Whim Creek Hotel serves as an accommodation centre for mine employees who work at the local Copper Mine. Several other mining and exploration operations also use the hotel and mess facilities, as few other services exist in the area.
Copper has been mined on and off at Whim Creek over a period of 120 years. The original Whim Creek Hotel was a tin-roofed structure which was blown down in a cyclone in the 1890s. The current Whim Creek Hotel was erected in the early 20th century where the steel frame has stood ever since. The wooden facade has however been blown off twice by cyclones.
The Blackrock Stakes is a 122km race from Whim Creek to Port Hedland in which teams of competitors or individuals, push wheel barrows weighed down with iron ore. The race originated in 1971 and has since raised more than $1 million for charity. In the race, men, women and children push wheel barrows, each containing 11 kgs of iron ore, from a remote inland mine site all the way to Port Hedland.Nearby places
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