Makeover for a grand old road

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Dusty trails

The seal­ing of Cape Leveque Road caused a stir this week, with many ad­ven­tur­ers and four-wheel-driv­ers mourn­ing the loss of an­other WA track.

As any­one who loves ex­plor­ing WA knows, there is noth­ing bet­ter than watch­ing a long, dusty trail in your rear-view mir­ror as you bar­rel down an un­sealed track to some re­mote par­adise.

Gibb River Road, the Gun­bar­rel High­way and the Can­ning Stock Route are fa­mous tracks which draw driv­ers from far and wide but lo­cal favourites such as the Cape Leveque Road or Cock­leshell Gully Road in the Mid West of­fer a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with­out hav­ing to pre­pare for a long road trip.

For some, seal­ing the road has ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits — namely ease of ac­cess and sav­ings in car main­te­nance — but for those who crave a big driv­ing ad­ven­ture, it’s an­other track to take off the bucket list.

Joey joy

You may think 300 fine art­works hung in a his­toric ghost town would be enough to keep any­one’s at­ten­tion but it turns out not even this is a match for a cute young roo.

While vis­it­ing Cos­sack last week, a joey was let out to stretch its legs around a cafe.

It drew lots of at­ten­tion, and cam­eras, as it hopped about. The joey seemed fine get­ting up close to peo­ple but be­came skit­tish as soon as ba­bies started cry­ing.

We can re­late to this.

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