10/07/16 Driving from Kalgoorlie, it hit us both just how much litter was lying beside the highway. There was an incessant line of paper, wrappers, bottles and general detritus, including many plastic milk bottles half full of a suspect liquid that I can only put down to being Truckies Bedpans. Gross!
On a much nicer note, Westonia is a small town a few kilometres off the Great Eastern Highway in Western Australia’s wheatbelt region. The general population of around 80 people is boosted by 200 miners from the Edna May Gold Mine located just outside town. A small community-run caravan park is incorporated adjacent to the miner’s camp and is one of the best we’ve come across, anywhere. We stayed four nights. It’s located at the start of the town’s main street, and after setting up we went for a walk and look around.
Westonia is a pretty little town, with no litter to be seen, bright flower boxes along the main street, a free swimming pool, boule and tennis courts, a pub, general store, library and café. Facades of the new buildings in the main street reflect the appearance of old storefronts that were there in the past. Entry to the Hood-Penn Museum was only $3, to view an underground mine blast simulation and an amazing collection of local artefacts going back to early pioneering days.
The persistent rain and cold temperatures furnished me with a Man Cold. I wasn’t much up to driving so we tucked ourselves in and stayed warm and dry for a few days. Di enjoyed cooking up some gastronomic delights in the camp kitchen and restocking the freezer with pre-cooked meals. It’s nice to every now and then stay in one place for a little while, no driving, no sightseeing, just relaxing or in my case stoically enduring the incapacitating symptoms of the Man Cold.
“I think I’m getting sick.” The most dreaded words a wife can hear from her husband.