Ghost towns and statues

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, March 7, 2010

We head north for a little while to visit some of the ghost towns of the Goldfields. The best preserved town is Gwalia, now an open-air museum. The residents literally deserted the place overnight, leaving many of their possessions behind. Each house has been carefully restored by local volunteers. It is a fascinating place to explore. There is so much to discover – corrugated iron houses decorated with anything available at the time, garden fences made from old bed headboards, old bangers, pots and pans, moonshine bars, dunnies, etc. We then drive to Lake Ballard near Menzies. This salt lake is beautiful in itself, but the attraction consists of unusual statues dotted around the surface of the lake. They were designed by the famous British sculptor Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, near Gateshead in England.
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