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Shire of menzies

Population 404

Menzies 724km north-east of Perth 130km north of Kalgoorlie $

Menzies Cemetery Site 7: Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Discover the graves of pioneers and children and learn of their lives as you wander through this amazing site. Menzies Cemetery is distinctive for the number of galvanized iron monuments which are skillfully shaped and scrolled by the early tinsmiths making use of available material. Historic Buildings The railway station built in 1898, is a brick federation building and the last railway station remaining on the Northern Goldfields railway line. Other historic buildings include the Nursing Post housed in the former Menzies Hospital, the ‘Old’ Menzies Hotel, (now the Achievable Outback Cafe), Post Office, Tearooms and Butcher’s Shop, Pioneer Store, (now an Art Gallery) and the current Menzies Hotel which is a friendly outback pub and a place to enjoy a drink, have a meal and stay the night. Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert 700km east of Menzies near the South Australian border, the Spinifex people through their art present the traditional culture of Spinifex lands and lore. Lake Ballard The iconic ‘Inside Australia’ exhibition is located 51 kilometres west of Menzies. See the 51 sculptures by internationally renowned artist Sir Antony Gormley, which are mostly derived from laser scans of the residents of Menzies. Free camping, toilets and picnic facilities available, as well as a black water dump station. Lake Ballard with its eerie statues and clear, wide open skies, is recognised as one of West Australia's best sites for stargazing.

Menzies Walk Trails Discover the history of Menzies with a self- guided walking tour of the town. Pick up a brochure from the Menzies Visitor Centre.

Site 6: Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Named after early prospector Leslie Robert Menzies, Menzies is a small town, but this was not always the case. Like many towns in Western Australia it boomed during the gold rush days of the 1890s. Then, like many gold mining towns people moved on to the next find, and the population declined. Despite these changing fortunes, Menzies is again beginning to prosper. At its peak, Menzies boasted a population of 5,000 residents with 13 hotels, 3 banks, its own breweries and cordial factories, a post office with a staff of 25, a school with 205 pupils, a public library and four churches. The Lady Shenton Hotel Building operated as a hotel from 1902 to 1922 and has served various functions over the years. It now houses the Menzies Visitor Centre, the Public Library, the Community Resource Centre, the Community Postal Agency, a large rock collection and a History/Heritage Room and also an informative display on the ‘Inside Australia’ installations located at nearby Lake Ballard. Adjacent to Lady Shenton Hotel Building is the Menzies Caravan Park which has 29 powered sites, six unpowered The first section was built in 1896. In 1901 the building was extended to include council chambers, administration offices, public library and reading room with a Town Hall located at the rear of the building. Menzies waited a hundred years before a clock was installed in the clock tower in 2000. It is still the administration centre for the Shire. The Town Hall hosts community events and activities. Facilities in the recreation precinct adjacent to the Town Hall include: free BBQ, picnic tables, children’s playground, multipurpose courts, public toilets, town oval and water park. camping sites and a chalet unit. Town Hall and Clock Tower Places of interest Lady Shenton Hotel Building

Kookynie 70km north-east of Menzies

Site 9: Golden Quest Discovery Trail. In 1903 Kookynie was a thriving township of more than 400 buildings and 2,500 people. It had seven hotels, two newspapers and a range of stores. Now a ‘Living Ghost Town’ Kookynie’s stories are interpreted at the Visitor Information Bay. From here visit many historical sites such as the ruins of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the Cosmopolitan mine site, the cemetery and the Grand Hotel - a real outback pub with cold beer and comfortable accommodation. Niagara ‘Ghost Town’ Little is left of the town but a few relics and a historic cemetery. Niagara was a prosperous town before Kookynie was established, but declined when a richer gold deposit was found close by. Niagara Dam - 56km north-east of Menzies Site 8: Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Completed in 1898 by the WA Railways Dept. to provide water for the steam loco’s operating on the Kalgoorlie-Menzies line. Niagara Dam has spent the last 100 years serving as a picnic and swimming spot. Free camping facilities, including shady sites, gas BBQ, picnic tables, toilets and a black water dump point. There are cement fire rings, own wood required. Two walk trails one Round-the-Dam Trail and the Breakaway Trail show the contrast of the man-made and natural attractions at this scenic site. Menzies Visitor Centre Lady Shenton Hotel Building Corner of Shenton & Brown Streets

Menzies WA 6436 Tel: (08) 9024 2702 Email:

The amazing Lake Ballard

Menzies Caravan Park

For bookings and enquiries | Tel: (08) 9024 2702 (office hours only) Email: Entry via Brown Street, Menzies WA 6436. This well-appointed caravan park features modern amenities with 29 powered sites, 6 unpowered tent sites on grass, a 2 bedroom chalet, 2 ablution blocks with disabled access and a Campers’ Kitchen. There is a black water dump point located within the park. Dogs are welcome but must be on leads at all times. The Menzies Caravan Park is conveniently located in town adjacent to the Menzies Visitor Centre, also the booking agent. The caravan park is an ideal place to base yourself when exploring the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, with historic and natural sites like Niagara Dam close by and the internationally acclaimed Gormley ‘Inside Australia’ sculptures at Lake Ballard a 45 minute drive away. | The Goldfields | 32

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