Travel gems un­earthed

The West Aus­tralian’s Stephen Scour­field names his On the Road South Awards

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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.

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

Town Beach in Broome of­fers tran­quil­lity.

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