WA le­gends stoked by coun­try pride

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Tom Zaun­mayr

Fun is served up on a plat­ter in big cities. Be­tween the daily events, movies, re­tail and what­ever else city slick­ers find in­ter­est­ing you don’t re­ally need to think to have a good time.

It is not like that out in the bush, and we’re bet­ter off for it. The lack of crea­ture com­forts means coun­try peo­ple of­ten end up think­ing way out­side the box in order to have fun. This can lead to the cre­ation of some fan­tas­tic coun­try town quirks.

From mak­ing ex­cuses for in­juries sus­tained af­ter a big night to an odd habit of plac­ing trol­leys on top of rocks, the good peo­ple of re­gional WA are no­to­ri­ously good at em­brac­ing the weird and wacky tales which take place in their towns.

Here are a few of the best.

Gully mon­sters

Few le­gends in­voke a sense of fear quite like the North West’s gully mon­ster. With a habi­tat rang­ing from the gul­lies of Carnar­von right up to Ku­nunurra, the reclu­sive crea­ture is a known but as yet un­sighted men­ace right across the top of our state.

The mys­tery mon­ster preys on in­no­cent res­i­dents walk­ing home late at night af­ter a few ca­sual bev­er­ages at the lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole. Those who choose to take short cuts through the gul­lies in­stead of stick­ing to foot­paths put them­selves at great risk of gully mon­ster en­coun­ters.

Many have wo­ken up with un­ex­plained cuts and bruises the next morn­ing, but de­spite how reg­u­lar at­tacks are, the crea­ture is yet to be caught on cam­era. This leads some con­spir­acy the­o­rists to be­lieve it is a sim­ple case of drunk peo­ple fall­ing over and blam­ing it on fake be­ings.

Cu­ri­ous cones

A couch on Dock Rock, a shop­ping trol­ley on a cliff, road cones on any­thing and ev­ery­thing; inan­i­mate ob­jects turn up in weird places around Al­bany.

The orange witches hats syn­ony­mous with big nights out for young adults, and road­works too we guess, have ap­peared on top of some of the tallest trees in town over the past few years.

They have also been doc­u­mented on road signs, pon­toons and pil­lars of Al­bany and sur­rounds.

The sight­ings ap­pear to have died down af­ter some­one went a step too far and at­tached a trol­ley with a cone in it to a cliff face at the Gap, draw­ing ire from emer­gency ser­vices.

Was this a brief stint by a lone prankster, a group of mates or a bunch of copy­cats keep­ing the fun go­ing? We’ll likely never know.

Porce­lain in­hab­i­tants

Deep in the forests near Don­ny­brook is a huge gath­er­ing of the most un­ex­pected kind. Gar­den gnomes, thou­sands of them, have cre­ated an en­tire com­mu­nity at the cor­ner of Fer­gu­son and Welling­ton Mill roads.

Gnomesville is not the only place where the di­vi­sive gar­den or­na­ments have con­gre­gated over the years. A new pop­u­la­tion of gnomes ap­peared on the big round­about in Mount Barker Re­cently and quickly be­gan to flour­ish. Un­for­tu­nately, the pow­ers that be stepped in and shipped them all off to de­ten­tion cen­tres.

Ko­jonup is the lat­est town to be hit by a wave of porce­lain mi­grants, though in this Great South­ern town’s case it is sheep, not gnomes, mov­ing in.

Flood saviour

Bayn­ton Flood Man has been spot­ted by Pil­bara News read­ers for sev­eral years now.

The shirt­less hero has a habit of hold­ing a beer in one hand while stand­ing knee-deep in wa­ter wav­ing mo­torists to safety on Kar­ratha’s Bayn­ton Road, which is prone to flood­ing. The man is a na­tional trea­sure and we will not hear other­wise.

With the wet sea­son just around the cor­ner, ex­pect the tit­u­lar hero of Bayn­ton to re-emerge from his slum­ber soon. Whether or not this is one man pas­sion­ate in his cru­sade to guide driv­ers through flood­wa­ter, or sev­eral peo­ple keep­ing the le­gend alive, is yet to be de­ter­mined.

Tiger time

Whether you be­lieve there is some­thing lurk­ing in the bush or not, tales of strange crea­tures al­ways cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion.

For the South West it is big cats, the most fa­mous of which be­ing the Nan­nup Tiger. Not just con­fined the the small for­est town of Nan­nup, this elu­sive beast has been sighted more than 50 times in nearby Bus­sel­ton as well.

Thanks to rock art up north it is known the thy­lacine —Tas­ma­nian tiger — once roamed WA, so could there still be a small pop­u­la­tion of the thought-to-be ex­tinct apex preda­tor left hid­ing in our forests?

Or is this a new pan­ther-like species which has man­aged to elude science to date? Plenty of be­liev­ers say yes.

Those who don’t buy into the un­ex­plained won­ders of the world would say it is prob­a­bly just a large feral cat.

Pic­ture: Bex Casey

Bayn­ton Flood Man is the hero Kar­ratha de­serves.

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