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Menzies is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

Understand

Menzies was once a major town emerging in the gold rush of the late 1800's. The population was around 10,000 in the early 1900's, when the town had thirteen hotels, four churches and its own brewery. When the gold ran out, so too did the population and with it the size of the town. Today there are a handful existing buildings still in standing and few crumbling relics hinting at Menzies' previous grandure.

While Menzies has enough interest on its own, many travels come here as a gateway to visiting the sculptures on Lake Ballard.


Get in

By car

The Goldfields Hwy passes right through the middle of town. Menzies is 132km north of Kalgoorlie and 105km south of Leonora.


Get around

You can walk between most of the interesting sights along a 100m stretch of Shenton St.

See

For such a small town, the sights in Menzies are surprisingly informative. Almost every building has an information board in front explaining the history. There are also metal silhouettes of figures at related places captioned with quotes from past residents.


  • Menzies Cemetery, (North-west of town, off Menzies-Sandstone Rd). Most of the graves here are from between 1900-1910 when Typhoid epidemics struck at the already declining population. Ornately cut tin headstones are unique to the area.
  • Old bakers oven. A block of bricks with an iron door that must have seen a lot of loaves come out of it over the years.
  • Railway Station, Walsh St. The long green roof and curly eaves of the railway station are locked away behind a fence that looks like it's it keep the junk the council is storing there in, and to keep you out. You can walk around it and along the platform.
  • Tank Hill, Kensington St. The site of the town's previous and current water supply. There is not much to see up there but plenty of interest looking down.
  • Town Hall. The most significant building with a clock tower that didn't have a clock face till recent years.


Lake Ballard

The icon of weird Australia are the 51 lonely statues standing on the saltly surface of Lake Ballard. The lake stretches for almost 100km but the nook that everyone visits is at the base of Snake Hill 51km from Menzies on the Menzies-Sandstone Rd. The road is unsealed but smooth enough to traverse without a 4WD. Custom Inside Australia signposts mark the way in 10km intervals.

Camp sites with "long drop" toilets and fire-rings are on the edge of the lake.

Do

Buy

Eat

  • The Railway Hotel has daily special meals of the Chicken Parmigiana ilk for $17.50. They also have a small shop inside.
  • The Roadhouse has the type culinary delights you would expect at a roadhouse.

Drink

Sleep

Your options are limited.

  • Menzies Caravan Park, Shenton St, +61 8 90242702; A/H +61 8 9024 2594. A spartan yard with the charm of a parking lot, it'll provide a secure spot to park your caravan and take a hot shower in the donga style ablutions. Tent dwellers looking for soft grass to pitch their home should bring a mattress or expect an uncomfortable night on the hard concrete slabs. Grass is coming soon, the park managers promise Powered $26; Unpowered $20.
  • Railway Hotel, Shenton St. Ordinary rooms in the historic hotel. d $90; s $70.


Contact

Internet can be had at the Visitor Centre for $2 for 15mins or $6.50 for an hour.


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