25th July, 2016.
Having heard what a nice town Sandstone is we decided to take a day trip there from Cue taking the short route of 103kms of quite good dirt road, with just a few areas of washouts along the way, and then a further 77kms on the Mt Magnet to Sandstone road. While we were travelling I was looking at Wikicamps and noticed the Peter Denny lookout campsite which had good reviews for its views. When I mentioned it to Erich he had also read about it somewhere so we decided to drive the extra 30kms or so to it before stopping in Sandstone.
As we drove along we couldn’t possibly imagine where these wonderful views could come from as the land was flat as far as we could see. But what a beautful spot it turned out to be.
Lots of room for rigs of all sizes to camp here and we have marked it as a “favourite” in the event that we ever come this way again.
The views were to breakaways to left and right and obviously also where the rest area is.
Prior to leaving for Sandstone, I had downloaded the local caches for offline use in case there was no phone signal but I had not searched so far away as this area and felt sure there would be a cache there but did not have enough phone signal to check it there. As we drove back in the direction of Sandstone, we got to a spot with a strong enough signal to download the cache details so we did a u-turn and headed back to the lookout.
We had a bit of trouble locating the cache because we didn’t think it could be placed in a fenced off area but that was where the GPS was telling us it was. Erich climbed over the fence and was making me nervous as he seemed to be getting too close to the cliff but, sure enough, that’s where the cache was.
Apologies for the blurry photos but I was still having issues with my camera.
That’s a vertical drop behind Erich.
Heading back to Sandstone it was getting close to lunchtime so we decided to do the Heritage Trail drive after getting some lunch at the pub. While we enjoyed our steak sandwiches we had a chat with a couple of the locals, truckies who haul for the gold mines further out and with the German backpacker who was working behind the bar.
After lunch we had a walk around town, unsuccessfully trying to find the cache in the park across the road from the pub. We are fairly sure we know where the cache is but we couldn’t see it in the dark of the old steamroller and had no torch with us. So we gave up on that. The town is very neat and tidy and looks quite prosperous however, the lady selling her pies and pasties at a stall next to the visitor centre told me the town is dying just like Cue. She is leaving in October to move to Geraldton and said a few others are leaving as well.
She is quite a character and invited me to take photos of the decorated bikes in her front yard.
Someone else has a sense of humour.
As we were heading out of town to the Heritage Trail, we noticed this church which, similar to the Masonic Lodge in Cue, is constructed almost entirely from corrugated iron.
As is this house across the road.
First stop was the old Brewery site.
The cave where the beer was kept.
Next stop was London Bridge.
Given the above, I was disgusted to see a fellow traveller walking across the top of the “bridge”.
And there is a cache here as well. It took us a bit of time to locate it. Once again so many piles of rocks. Just keep looking for the pile that does not look quite natural!
Next stop was the State Battery where ore was crushed for the miners.
And the last stop on the Trail is Contradiction Well.
By the time we finished the Trail it was getting a bit late so we opted for the longer but faster return route via Mt Magnet. A very enjoyable day.