Distance: 250 km Approx. Travel Time: 3 hours
This trail takes us to places in the interior of WA that not many people travel. We start the day on a well-travelled path though Start by driving east on Great Eastern Highway; the artery that connects Western Australia to the rest of the nation.
At the turn of the century, this was one of many tracks that led miners out to Kalgoorlie, 500 kilometres away, to chase their fortune. Built with convict labour around 1867, the highway's original road base was made of jarrah tree trunks cut into disc shapes. The wooden discs were the idea of the governor, John Hampton and they came to be known as 'Hampton's Cheeses'. Thankfully now, there is something more substantial than Hamptons Cheeses holding up you, and the more than 1000 cars and 500 trucks that use the highway each day.
The first town we pass through, Meckering, is just 35 kilometres up the road. Although the first block of land was awarded back in 1849 near a spring named Koolbunine, about seven kilometers south of the main townsite, it wasn't until the railway came through in 1895 that Meckering was selected for a station.