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Attractions in Australias Golden Outback


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Abrakurrie Cave

A bit to the west of Weebubbie Cave, this is the largest, and most imposing, chamber known on the Nullarbor Plain.

  • Open days/Times:Mon - Sun
  • Activity:Caving
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

It has been compared to a cathedral, 180 m long and 45 m wide, and the ceiling that is arched along the full length of the chamber, is about 40 m high, the walls at both ends are vertical and the floor is flat. The white walls and ceiling are all smooth, all leading to the appearance of a cathedral. It doesn't reach the water table, so there is no lake, the floor being a soft, dark sand. The scattered boulders in the chamber are also white. Unlike other chambers of the Nullarbor it is reached by walking, although it is down a steep talus slope that goes down about 70 m where a sharp turn opens into the main cavern. The entrance is a shallow sinkhole from which a narrow gap in the wall leads to the slope. 

Baxter's Memorial

A memorial to John Baxter who was Eyre's travelling companion when he crossed Australia in 1841.

  • Activity:Memorial
  • Type:Attractions

Details

Description

 It stands north of the cliffs that are also named after him.  4WD access only.

Blackjack Charters

Blackjack Charters, Esperance, Western Australia. Deep sea fishing. Dive the Sanko or another site. Take a cruise around the Recherché Archipelago. See you soon on board ‘Jaws’.

  • Activity:Fishing,Diving
  • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals
  • Open days/Times:Always Open
  • Tour Price:Varied
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Tour Locations:Esperance, Woody Island, Middle Island

Description

Esperance is a remote coastal town located on the South East Coast of Western Australia. It has been voted as having the best beaches in Australia and having the whitest sand. The unspoilt Recherché Archipelago is just off the coast with stunning scenery, excellent fishing and great dive sites. Take the opportunity to fish, dive or tour the crystal clear waters aboard ‘Jaws’ our 40 foot charter vessel for an eco friendly tour in the spectacular Recherché Archipelago.  Choose from one of our charters or design your own.

Fishing – our skipper will do his best to make sure you take home a good catch of the great southern species of fish. Rods, reels, tackle and bait are supplied or you can bring your own.

Diving – Be fascinated by the vibrant colours and the variety of marine life on a dive/snorkeling charter in the clear temperate water of the Archipelago and surrounding areas.

Tours – Go for a scenic tour around the islands of the Archipelago. View the wildlife which includes dolphins, fur seals, sea lions, cape barren geese and sea eagles.

‘Jaws’ is ideally suited to smaller group charters such as sunset cruises, bucks nights, hens nights or work functions. These charters in the harbour or to surrounding islands can be organized to suit your group.

BYO food and drinks, or catering can be arranged. Tea and coffee are supplied.

Charters depend on minimum numbers and weather conditions. Try to have some flexibility with dates so as not to miss out because of inclement weather.

Ring our skipper on 0429 106 960 to make a booking or for more information.
Alternatively you can contact us at [email protected] We look forward to having you come aboard.


 

Boulder Market Days

Every third Sunday of the month and features local arts, crafts and stalls.

  • Activity:Art & Craft,Markets
  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Families

Details

Description

Held along historic Burt Street and in Loopline Park on the third Sunday of every month.  Boulder Market Day offers a great day of family fun, loaded with local crafts, displays, food stalls and entertainment.

Boulder is ideally suited for this type of community gathering with Loopline Park the focal point for entertainment, special displays and food stalls, along with  different community groups and stall holders fundraising and raising community awareness.

There are further amazing stalls under the refurbished historic Burt Street facades, from Hamilton Street to Brookman Street, with several local businesses open whilst the Markets are on.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines provide three, one-hour free bus tours of the Super Pit and other special project sites.  Tickets are available in front of the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society on Hamilton Street.

The Goldfields Brass Band and Veils of Gold perform on a regular basis in Loopline Park, along with other various groups entertaining the crowds as well.

With an average of 50 stalls each Boulder Market Day, stall bookings are essential every month.

Boulder Market Day - third Sunday of every month - rain, hail or shine!

Bush Ghoodhu Wongutha Tours

ush Ghoodhu Wongutha Tours gives you a glimpse into both the modern and ancient history of Kalgoorlie on a range of tours.

  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors

Details

  • Tour Locations:Kalgoorlie

Description

Bush Ghoodhu is a family business and are passionate about their country and culture. They offer a range of Cultural Experiences both in and around the town of Kalgoorlie. They can also tailor a cultural tour to meet your group’s specific needs. Visit the ghost town of Kookynie, explore the Anthony Gormley statues at Lake Ballard or experience a food foraging tour complete with a traditional bushtucker meal and Dreaming stories shared around the campfire.

Outback Discovery Tour

Your guide will pick you up or meet you at an arranged location. After a short drive to an outback destination, we begin with an informative bushwalk where you will learn how to recognise the tracks of local wildlife including kangaroos, emus, goanna or dingoes. We’ll stop to gather bushtucker and learn about medicine plants and their traditional uses. Some of these ancient medicine plants are today used in modern medicines and pharamaceuticals. Your guide will share with you the Wongutha names of places, animals and plants.

Town Tour

This family friendly walking tour is the perfect way to discover both the historic and cultural side of Kalgoorlie. You will visit significant Aboriginal places and learn about the traditional Wongutha way of life and culture. You will hear ancient Dreaming stories and local legends and yarns from the goldrush era. At the end of the tour get hands on traditional Wongutha tools, implements and hunting weapons.
You’ll learn the finer points of nyinji (spear) throwing using a murra, how to make a karlee (boomerang) come back and the traditional way to make a gundee (knife). Learn about the seasons and how understanding them taught the Wongutha people when and where to find food in the harsh desert environment. 

Overnight Tour

Immersive overnight cultural tours give visitors the complete On Country experience. Camp out beneath a blanket of stars and hear ancient Dreamtime stories retold around a campfire as they have been for millennia. Enjoy Wongutha bush tucker cooked the traditional way in an earth oven, visit sites of great spiritual and cultural significance, see local wildlife, learn to track animals and learn about traditional implements and tools. Ideal for schools, groups and team building.

Cocklebiddy Caves

One of the world's longest underwater caves at 6.7km. It is possible to walk to the edge of the large lake in the cave. Situated 10km west of Cocklebiddy. Not signposted.

  • Activity:Caving
  • Type:Attractions,Sites & Trails

Details

Description

Make sure you go caving with someone else. The dirt track is not recommended for caravaners. Check at the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse for more details.

Coorow Farm Wildflower Trail

Walk or drive along this wildflower trail starting from the Coorow Farm.

  • Type:Attractions,Sites & Trails
  • Activity:Bush Walking
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

Description

<p> The farm has a history rooted in the mid 19th C, when William and Sara Long settled in the area to raise sheep and horses. </p> <p> The ruins of the old farmstead now lie near to Coorow Latham Road. </p>

Discover The Wheatbelt Tours

Localised Tours of the fascinating landmarks located in and around Merredin.

  • Open days/Times:Mon to Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tour Duration:1.5 hours
  • Tour Price:$25.00 per person
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Lookout
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Tour includes – China Southern West Australian Flying College, Co-operative Bulk Handling grain facility, Golden Pipeline Heritage, Trail, Merredin WW2 Military Hospital site, Historic Cummins Theatre, Windfarm, a Wheatbelt Sunset (when possible) - and more!

Esperance Arts and Culture Trail

A self-guided journey exploring over 100 of Esperance's Arts and Culture destinations, encompassing an array of art forms.

  • Open days/Times:Refer to booklet for individual session times.
  • Type:Attractions,Sites & Trails
  • Activity:Art & Craft,Aboriginal Music, Art & Dance
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Esperance Community Arts is very pleased to present the 2018 Esperance Arts & Culture Trail, a self guided tour of discovery featuring over 100 of Esperance’s Arts & Culture destinations. The variety of art forms and number of participants included in this project are a testament to the important contribution that arts and culture make to individual and community well-being. Discover Esperance's rich cultural heritage & vibrant arts community.

The 2018 Esperance Arts and Culture Trail is funded by an Australian Government grant of $20,000 provided through the Building Better Regions Fund. It expands upon the Art Trail established by Esperance Community Arts in partnership with local artists and galleries in 2007. The extended Trail is also designed to link in with Artgold’s Arts and Culture Trail planned for the whole of the Goldfields region.

The map will lead locals & visitors on a self-guided tour of destinations relevant to arts & culture. The website will list local arts-based businesses, individual arts practitioners and arts groups.  These online listings will allow individual artists, businesses and groups who do not have a venue to be part of the project.

Our aim is to include as many art forms as possible (e.g. music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, design, dance, writing, photography) and include as many community members as possible to make this a great resource for everyone to use.

Esperance Civic Centre

Our auditorium has 4 tiers, with wooden carpeted platforms that roll out to provide 16 leveled rows and 3 ground level rows for a total of 520 chairs.

  • Activity:Theatres
  • Type:Entertainment Venues

Details

Description

The first 3 rows are on the parquetry dance floor and the first row is generally only used for stand up comedy.

Stage

The stage is a polished wood grain with narrow side wings connecting to the change rooms hallway. A back dock is connected to stage left through a wide sliding door.

Proscenium width 12.97m
Proscenium height 5.50m
Stage Ceiling 8.65m
Stage depth
- from proscenium arch 9.13m
- from edge of stage 9.64m
- from closed house curtain 8.54m
Stage width
- performance area 11.00m
- wall to wall 18.00m
Wings width
- each side 1.40m
Stage height from Auditorium floor 1.20m
Stage distance from FOH Control Room 20.20m

Esperance Diving & Fishing

18 years of experience means we know Esperance

  • Activity:Fishing
  • Type:Charters & Rentals

Details

Description

Fishing: Our 55 foot Image Charter vessel can offer you a days fishing or several days fishing living in comfort. The vessels spacious deck provides plenty of area for both fishing and relaxing. Nannygai, Queen Snapper, Breaksea cod, Harlequin and Samson fish are among the species. ``

Diving: Esperance has over 140 islands in the Recherche Archipelago. The islands are washed by crystal clear turquoise water. These granite out crops provide large caves, boulders and swim-throughs for the diver to explore.``

Whale Watching: These are very popular in the whale watching season (July through to October). It is at this time of year that the huge Southern Right Whales and to a lesser extent the Humpback Whales can be seen in the many beautiful bays surrounding Esperance.

Esperance Eco Discovery Tours

With an abundance of bone-white beaches and untouched national parks, Esperance is the place for an eco-adventure.

  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
  • Type:Tours
  • Tour Duration:Half/full day
  • Activity:Driving

Details

  • Tour Capacity:4 person tours to larger group tours

Description

Esperance Eco Discovery Tours offers a range of trips into the pristine wilderness areas surrounding the town. They’re perfect for an invigorating dose of pure nature and possibly the cleanest air you’re ever likely to breathe. The half-day tour provides an excellent taste of the region’s natural highlights. Starting at nine in the morning, the tour heads along the beaches of the Cape le Grand National Park. First stop is sand-boarding in the dunes. This is great fun for people of all ages and you don’t need to be a pro sand-boarder to take part. Boards are supplied but make sure you take a pair of sunnies to beat the glare. Back on the beach, the journey continues east. You’ll learn more about the European history of the area, as well spot landmarks such as the granite outcrop of Frenchman’s Peak. Morning tea is at the impossibly beautiful Lucky Bay. This would have to rate as one of the world’s most stunning beaches – even the kangaroos like to laze in the sun here! The trip returns along the beach to Wylie Rock and a surprise attempt at scaling the rock-face. At a 30-degree angle, this is a true adventure. At the summit you’re rewarded with 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including the national park and Southern Ocean. The four-hour tour ends back in town. Bring your bathers on hot days, a hat, sunscreen, drinking water and comfortable clothes.

The full-day tour includes all of the half-day highlights, but with an afternoon journey to the aptly named Duke of Orleans Bay, 80km east of Esperance. About 70km of this tour is beach driving, which gets you up close to the natural wilderness of the area. Lunch is at Wharton Beach where you can indulge in a swim. The sand dunes are the main attraction here and provide excellent conditions for sand-boarding. The return journey is on the bitumen road, with a drink stop at Condingup Tavern – a truly authentic country pub. There’s a chance to digest the day’s events over a beer or wine before heading back to Esperance by 6pm.

Esperance Eco Tours also operates a tag-along tour, which is designed for visitors who have a 4WD but aren’t confident driving in the national parks on their own. This follows the route of the full-day tour. Its BYO food and refreshments and national park fees apply.

If you’re in Esperance and want a quick orientation of the major attractions, the Great Ocean Drive tour is for you. It runs in the afternoon and takes in the town beaches, Pink Lake, Bandy Creek and Wylie Rock.

Esperance Eco Discovery Tours also offers Indigenous cultural tours. Call 0407 737 261 for further details.

Esperance Wildflower Festival

The Esperance Wildflower Festival

  • Course Duration:24th - 28th September 2019
  • Tour Price:The Festival entry for adults is a gold coin donation. Children visit free.
  • Type:Attractions
  • Activity:Flower Farm
  • Suited For:Families,Seniors

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Esperance Wildflower Festival will run from 24th - 28th September 2019 with the theme "Bugs & the Bush" - highlighting the important relationships between local plant and insect species. 

The Festival will feature a display of over 500 individual specimens; art exhibitions from over 400 school students; cultural presentations by Nyungar Elders and Rangers; Keynote presentations from internationally renowned Australian botanists; displays from a range of local organisations, an interactive community sculpture project, and more. 

If you're looking to get involved other ways, there's the 100 Word Writing Competition and the Act-Belong-Commit Esperance Wildflower Festival Art Exhibition & Competition you can submit to. Or, come along and volunteer/contribute to some of the amazing projects that are being run in the lead-up to the event:
esperancewildflowerfestival.com/get-involved

Eyre Bird Observatory

Housed in a century old telegraph station. Operated by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. Just the thing for bird enthusiasts. Also offers accommodation and meals.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Activity:Bird Watching,Observatory
  • Type:Attractions

Details

Description

Day visits are welcome. Turn off 17km east of Cocklebiddy. 4WD access only for the last 12.5km. If you do not have a 4WD, complimentary transfers can be arranged for overnight visitors. Must book in advance.

Fenwick 3 Cinemas

Located in the centre of Esperance, the Fenwick 3 Cinemas are a modern and comfortable environment offering:

  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Adults Only,Wheelchairs,Seniors
  • Activity:Cinemas
  • Type:Entertainment Venues

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,School holidays

Description

Located in the centre of Esperance, the Fenwick 3 Cinemas are a modern and comfortable environment offering:

the latest in All Digital projection systems
Air Conditioned – come inside, it’s cool!
Fresh Popcorn made daily
3D movies
Eftpos available

Golden Quest Discovery Trail

The Golden Quest Discovery Trail is a unique self drive adventure through WA Goldfields. It offers the visitor a chance to experience the many historic, natural and cultural attractions of the WA Goldfields.````The Golden Quest offers the visitor the opportunity to explore the real WA Outback through a self guided experience.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Activity:Driving,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
  • Type:Sites & Trails

Details

Description

Since its launch in 2003, tens of thousands of adventurers from all parts of the globe have embarked upon the Golden Quest Trail. The Trail provides a rewarding exploration of a region that has contributed significantly to the fortunes of Australia as a nation. Indeed, Western Australia’s Goldfields is a region of surprisingly diverse landscapes, of remarkably rich history and heritage, and of memorable experiences for the contemporary traveller.

On behalf of the Board of the Goldfields Tourism Network, welcome to our territory. It’s no longer an actual ‘wild west’ frontier but it remains a vibrant force in furthering our nation’s well-being.
 

Goldfields Air Services

Since our inception in 1982 Goldfields Air Services (GAS) has enjoyed a steady growth in success to become one of Australia's most respected Charter Organisations

  • Open days/Times:Monday - Sunday
  • Activity:Flying / Scenic Flights
  • Type:Charters & Rentals
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Tour Locations:Kalgoorlie Boulder Airport

Description

GAS operate to anywhere in Australia from our base at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, with the majority of flights being to remote outback locations not serviced by other forms of regular transport.

GAS have Commercial pilots on standby 24 hours a day to respond to your air transport requirements.

GAS maintenance engineers work to ensure the aircraft you charter is serviceable and ready to take-off when you need to.

GAS Operations staff are on call 24 hours a day to respond promptly to your aircraft charter enquiries and provide you with an obligation-free quote.

GAS provide aircraft and crews to the RFDS for their regular Clinics flights to many West Australian outback towns and communities.

G.A.S. are regularly requested to fly people and freight to:

  • Mine sites
  • Remote Aboriginal communities
  • Outback towns
  • Exploration drilling rig sites
  • Capital cities
  • Coastal towns & settlements

Goldfields Air Services' fleet of (8) eight aircraft include;

  • 3 x Beechcraft Super King Air 200 9- 10 seat twin turbine aircraft
  • 1 x Cessna 402C 8 passenger seat twin engine aircraft
  • 1 x Cessna 310R 5 passenger seat twin engine aircraft
  • 1 x Piper Arrow 3 passenger seat single engine aircraft
  • 1 x Piper Cherokee 3 passenger seat single engine aircraft
  • 1 x Cessna 172R 3 passenger seat single engine aircraft

Goldrush Tours

5 STAR LUXURY COACH TOUR COMPANY - Delivers visitors to the Goldfields. Local tour guides who know the region will take you back to the goldrush days and reveal the modern charms of the place.

  • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Activity:Mining Site

Details

Description

Local Kalgoorile and Goldfields area tour operator. Please visit our website for our current tour information. We also operate a weekly passenger servcice from Kalgoorlie to Laverton.

Gribble Creek Walk & Cycle Way

walk or cycle along Cribble Creek and check out the history of the Kakoda Trail during WW2 at Centennial Park along the way.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Type:Sites & Trails

Details

Description

Jingemia Cave

Jingemia Cave is a distinctive natural feature in a band of low rocky hills that extend between the towns of Carnamah and Moora.

  • Type:Tours
  • Open days/Times:Mon - Sun
  • Activity:Caving
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday

Description

Watheroo National Park is sandplain country which hosts an abundance of wildflowers, with the best season being between late July and early November.

Low Creek borders the park to the east, flowing south to Moore River. Vegetation includes low sandplain Heath, Banksia and Malley thickets with tall Eucalypts on the West side of Park.

The hills are an outcropping of chert and other very old rock types that formed between 2.5 billion and 542 million years ago (mid Proterozoic era). Known as Noondine Chert, this geological formation is significant in the region for having unique plants that grow only in association with chert. The formation also influences an aquifer that supplies groundwater to local towns, and is a source of mineral silica, a vital component in many things used in our everyday lives.

Kalgoorlie Arboretum

Kalgoorlie Arboretum boasts a wide variety of native wildflowers, walk trails for all ages, picnic tables under the shade of river gums and a small dam that attracts waterbirds.

  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors,Families
  • Activity:Tree Farm
  • Type:Attractions
  • Open days/Times:Open Everyday

Details

  • Open Days:Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Kalgoorlie Arboretum is a great place for a picnic and to learn more about the trees of the Great Western Woodlands, which is the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean climate woodland left on Earth.

The arboretum, set on 26 hectares of land at Hawkins Street adjacent to Hammond Park, is just five minutes from central Kalgoorlie. It was established in 1954 by the former Forests Department to test and demonstrate native and exotic trees for suitability to the semi-arid environment of the Great Western Woodlands. Since then, seed from these tree species has been exported to similar semi-arid countries around the world. About 60 eucalypt species have been planted in the past 40 years.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit

With a reputation for producing a decent slice of Australia’s gold bullion, it’s not surprising that Kalgoorlie is home to one of the biggest open cut mines in the world.

  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Families
  • Activity:Mining Site

Details

Description

This massive operation, known as the Super Pit forms part of the 'Golden Mile', reputed to be the richest square mile of gold bearing earth in the world.
Getting up close to the Super Pit is a dwarfing experience.  At 320 metres deep, about 3km long and 1.4km wide this massive man made hole in the ground makes an awesome sight.
While it’s not possible to enter the pit, which operates 24 hours a day, you can still get a feel for it’s enormity from the nearby lookout platform which you’ll find just off the Goldfields Highway.
The view is amazing, giant mining trucks with tyres taller than the average person look more like tonka toys as they make their way to the deep base of the mine. 
The Super Pit Lookout is open every day from 8am until 9.30pm. Night time viewing is just as spectacular thanks to the massive lighting infrastructure.
You can drive yourself to the Lookout or Goldrush Tours offer a daily two hour History and Heritage trip ($25 for adults, $5 children) which includes a stop at the Super Pit Lookout, as well as visits to some of the historic buildings and streets of Kalgoorlie. Goldrush Tours, 1800 620 440.
If you’re not taking the tour, stop in at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre (ph 9021 1966) for times of daily Super Pit blasts visible from the Lookout.

Kalgoorlie Tours & Charters

Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters is a locally operated business specialising in giving visitors a fantastic experience in the Goldfields. 'The Super Pit Tour' is a must on your Kalgoorlie visit!

  • Activity:Mining Site
  • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals
  • Suited For:Adults (18+)

Details

Description

Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters is a locally operated business specialising in giving visitors a fantastic experience in the Goldfields.

Join Kalgoorlie Tours & Charters on a 'Super Pit Tour'...the only tour operator that takes you inside the Super Pit Operations (Fimiston Mill & Open Pit Mine)

Kalgoorlie Tours Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm  
  • Saturdays 9.00am – 1.00pm  
  • Sundays CLOSED 

Katanning Silo Art

In November 2017, WA artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens, plus Karim Jabbari from Tunisia descended on the Wheatbelt town of Katanning, located 277km southeast of Perth.

  • Type:Attractions,Sites & Trails
  • Activity:Art & Craft
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

Description

In November 2017, Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens, plus Karim Jabbari from Tunisia descended on the Wheatbelt town of Katanning, 

Driving into town, the artwork changes my whole feeling for Katanning
resident.

Their mission: to transform Western Power electrical transformer boxes at the four Katanning schools, and paint large scale murals on walls throughout town.

Seven days, five murals and seven transformer boxes later, plus a series of youth workshops, the job was done. The colour and variety of the styles show how even the humblest wall or object can be transformed by art.

"Rural towns often miss out and to have such recognised artists making the town look better is just brilliant. It has been great hearing people talk about it and see people taking photos. My children think it is pretty fabulous too!" - Broome Hill resident

Menzies Town Hall & Clock

The clock was installed in time for the New Years Eve celebrations in 2000. The small town had been without a clock since the original one sank on its way form England to Australia in 1905.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Type:Attractions

Details

Description

The first section of the Menzies Muncipal Buidling (front left) was erected in 1896 after rented offices were burnt down in July of that year. The brothers C. Robert Arnott and Charles W. Arnott were the architect and builder engaged in the erection of the original structure. In 1900, the building was extended to include Council Chambers, administration offices, and a public library and reading room with the town hall located at the rear of the building. In the centre main front is a clock tower rising to 28ft from floor level. The style of architechture is rural Italian, and the work was carried out by the architect Mr G Finlay under the supervision of the Town Clerk/Engineer Mr P Stuart.

A clock was ordered from England and sent out to Western Australia on the S.S Orizaba in 1905. The royal Mail Steamer "Orizaba" was steaming towards Fremantle on the 16th February 1905. There had been a month of heavy bushfires and a thick smoke haze hung over the coast. Proceeding slowly with the lead going "Orizaba"nevertheless lost her way and floundered off Garden Island. All passengers and crew were rescued, and a considerable amount of cargo was salvaged. However, nothing is known of the fate of the clock for the Menzies Town Hall – whether it went to the bottom of the ocean with the vessel or was salvaged and sold. It certainly never reached Menzies, and the town hall tower was without a clock until the new millenium in the year 2000.

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