Mining town

Greenbushes is unique in that it is the only mining town situated in a high rainfall forest area, unlike the Goldfields and other similar areas.

The name of the town derived from a watering place on the Bunbury – Bridgetown road which was built in 1861. The “green bushes” (Oxylobium Lanceolatum) always retained inviting shade to teamsters and cattle alike.

The presence of alluvial tin deposits in this area were first reported in 1886. In 1888 David W Stinton applied for leases and the Bunbury Tin Mining Co was formed to work the lease. The area prospered until 1893 when tin prices were very low and the company wound up.

Today, Talison Minerals Pty Ltd. mine for tantalum, lithium and tin. More detailed information can be obtained from the Visitor Centre or you can visit the Greenbushes Discovery Centre which opens Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun from 10am – 2pm. Phone them on 9764 3883 to confirm times.