Travel gems unearthed
The West Australian’s Stephen Scourfield names his On the Road South Awards
Best dinner: Curry at Seasons Hotel Newman. Could also have won the best attitude towards tourists after the mining boom.
Best breakfast: Eggs and avocado smash on sourdough with great coffee at Fortescue Golf Club, Newman. The professional young team welcomes all.
Best reacquaintance: White cocky at Kumarina Roadhouse, Great Northern Highway.
Best driving: Road train drivers who flash a right indicator to show you’re clear to pass, then keep their rigs straight and at an even speed. Still, make your own decision.
Worst driving: The caravanners who bunch up so tight behind a road train that no one can get past, when they have no intention of overtaking. Most dangerous drivers:
Those who ignore pilot vehicles warning of a wide load, then brake and swerve on to a cambered gravel hard shoulder when a Haulpak on a truck rounds the corner, filling the road. Best spots: Marble Bar Pool, a jasper reef in the East Pilbara. Derby mudflats with the tide coming in (be cautious).
Broome’s Town Beach in the late afternoon, when everyone brings their picnic rugs down.
Spot to revisit and spend
more time: Poonda (also called Punda) rockhole and art site north of Newman, in the Pilbara. Quietest town: Cue. Where did everyone go? Slowest diesel pump: Mt Magnet. (“My hand aches.”) Best art gallery: East Pilbara Art Centre, Newman.
Best public toilets: The little white building by Welcome Park in Meekatharra. Their age bears no comparison to their cleanliness.
Town Beach in Broome offers tranquillity.