Monday 30 August: Esperance to Lake King 260km
We had driven from Ravensthorpe to Esperance last week (here) and had to return on the same road before continuing on to Lake King for the night.
Tuesday 31 August: Lake King to Kulin 280km
Tin Horse Highway
The “Tin Horse Highway” is a 15 kilometre stretch of road which heads east from Kulin out to the Kulin Bush Races Track. There are over 70 horses-themed roadside sculptures made from farm junk on the Tin Horse Highway. Here’s our favorites.
Wednesday 01 September: Kulin to Katanning 220km
Pingrup is a small town in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Primarily producing wheat and sheep. It’s also known for its pink lakes and its country Races. We went there to see its silos and were lucky enough to have a break in the rain when we arrived.
“Featured on the silos are figurative depictions of the town’s iconic Pingrup races, its Merino sheep, its people, cattle dogs and even the blue tractor found in the main street of town.”
Katanning is town in Great Southern with many of fine old buildings, more than 109 Heritage Listed, street art and big enough to have a Woolworths but cold weather, rain and winds prevented us from sight seeing.
Thursday 02 September: Katanning to Collie 270km
Collie is Western Australia’s most important coal mining town and has grown to become a major centre. We came to see not the giant coal mines but the artwork covering the Wellington Dam wall.
The Wellington Dam Mural was painted by Guido Van Helten (who also painted the Portland and Brim silos) between November 2020 and February 2021. At 8000 sq meters it is the largest dam mural in the world. In the center, children are playing with the water. An aboriginal man looks over from the right. Did he know the landscape before the dam was built? From the other side two men look towards the scene. The first European settlers into the area? The dam builders?
During November 2020, 15 mural teams painted at 20 mural sites throughout Collie depicting elements of the town’s history, characters and culture adding to the already 20 plus murals. Funded by the WA Government, the murals are part of a plan to diversify the economy of the traditional coal-mining town.
Friday 03 September: Collie to Perth 220km
We returned our Apollo campervan after 2,900km around south-west WA without incident and had a couple of days in Perth before flying back to Brisbane.