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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.
The Goldfields Hwy passes right through the middle of town. Menzies is 132km north of Kalgoorlie and 105km south of Leonora.
You can walk between most of the interesting sights along a 100m stretch of Shenton St.
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.
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.
Your options are limited.
Internet can be had at the Visitor Centre for $2 for 15mins or $6.50 for an hour.