Where to Get an Ice Cream
It’s the simple things that we look forward to the most and whenever we leave the station our simple pleasure is buying an ice-cream so we have sniffed out all the best places about an hour-two hour drive from the homestead.
Of course there are heaps of other things for you to see and do on your way as you hunt down your ice-cream.
All of these drives can be incorporated into your journey further North as we make a great stop over either on the way to or on the way back from a bigger trip to the likes of Geraldton, Kalbarri National Park, Shark Bay/ Monkey Mia, The Kennedy Range National Park, Mount Augustus, Karijini, The Canning stock Route and the Eastern Gold Fields.
Mount Magnet is an easy 120 km drive to the North east on the Mount Farmer Road. Once in Mount Magnet be sure to check out the amazing Mount Magnet Mining and Pastoral Museum, follow the tourist trail and visit the Granites.
On the way to Mount Magnet be sure to stop in and visit the Old Dalgaranga Station Homestead, Dam wall and Meteorite Crater.
Cue is a comfortable 130km drive and along the way stop in and visit the second largest rock in Australia. Walga Rock has the added bonus of an incredible Aboriginal art Gallery on one of the sheltered rock walls. Walga Rock is free to visit and explore, drive around and even climb (FYI you can get phone reception at the top).
A short drive further on you can wander about the old Big Bell town ship and imagine what it was like during the Gold Rush then off to Cue for an Ice-cream. Make sure you visit the shire office and look at the extensive photographic display from days gone by. The visitors centre is just near the Police Station in one of the refurbished historic buildings that line the main street of Cue, there you will be able to get all the info you need about other things to do around Cue.
Murchison Settlement is a bit further away at about 180km but once there the Murchison Oasis Road house awaits with not only an ice-cream but burgers, food and fuel.
Check out the museum and be sure to have a drive out to Erabiddy Bluff and challenge your four-wheel driving skills by climbing to the top where you will find a unique bbq ready for lunch with a view.
Yalgoo is a very comfortable 70km drive and once there so long as you arrive before the shop owners have a siesta between 12.30 and 2pm you can take your pick of the ice-creams available.
Things to do around Yalgoo include getting a set of keys from the shire or the caravan park to have a look inside the John Hawes Chapel on the hill as well as the Museum. (only during office hours)
A short drive south east of town is Jokers Tunnel and the Lake lookout.
If you are into prospecting the Shire has taken out a lease that for a small fee you can get a mud map to its location and prospect and detect to your hearts content. (only during office hours)