Meentheena Veterans Retreat is dedicated to those who have served in the Australian military forces, as well as para-military veterans who have served in peace-keeping roles, police, fire and rescue, ambulance officers and state emergency service volunteers.


Situated in the heart of the Pilbara in Western Australia, Meentheena has so many things to offer for those who have an appreciation for wide open spaces, rugged and colourful landscapes, pristine billabongs, beautiful flora and fauna, stunning sunsets and the kind of silence that can only be found in the outback.


Gday Mate, I just want to let you know that I just spent the last couple of days at the retreat with my son in law Steve who lives in Newman and told me there was a retreat out this way so I had to check it out even though the roads were closed we got out there. I have visited many of the retreats Australia wide and this would have to be one of the best I have been to, Dicky Bligh made us feel so welcome and could not do enough for us the man is a credit to your association. I am a committee member of the Townsville TPI association and I will make sure I will give you blokes a good plug in our monthly bugle. It is good to go to a retreat and not get the cold shoulder because you are not a Vietnam Vet as what happens at a lot of the retreats unfortunately. We all did our bit and deserve to be treated equally. Your association is a credit and asset to all veteran associations. I will be back in July and will come for a 7 day visit this time it is worth the 500 km round trip. Give Dicky Bligh a pat on the back for me mate, thanks for the great time.

Cheers Greg 8/9 RAR.



"In early June, 2012 we visited Meentheena Veterans Retreat and Marble Bar.  Our trip was timed to coincide with the annual Marble Bar Races and also the official opening day of Meentheena Veterans Retreat on Sunday July 8, 2012.  The weather was pleasant at this time of the year, not too hot with most days in the mid to high twenties.  Meentheena Station has lots to see and explore, with plenty of opportunity to photograph the scenery and wildlife.  Marble Bar town, The Bar itself and Chinaman’s Pool are all worth a visit.  Comet Gold Mine and Tourist Centre was very interesting and if you have the time Carrawine Gorge, 97 kms from Meentheena was a highlight of the trip.  We enjoyed the Marble Bar Races, the major event of the year for the locals and visitors from far afield.

The Pilbara countryside is unique and all in all we enjoyed our trip very much."


Neil & Linda MacPherson


Veterans Retreats of Western Australia Incorporated

© Belinda Gibson 2013