Bitumen or back tracks: where do we draw the line?

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News

Dusty trails

The sealing of Cape Leveque Road caused a stir recently, with many adventurers and four-wheel-drivers mourning the loss of another WA back track.

As anyone who loves exploring WA knows, there is nothing better than watching a long, dusty trail in your rear-view mirror as you barrel down an unsealed track to some remote paradise.

Gibb River Road, the Gunbarrel Highway and the Canning Stock Route are famous tracks which draw drivers from far and wide but local favourites such as the Cape Leveque Road or Cockle-shell Gully Road in the Mid West offer a similar experience without having to prepare for a long road trip.

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For some, sealing the road has obvious benefits — namely ease of access and savings in car maintenance — but for those who crave a big driving adventure, it’s another track to take off the bucket list.

Joey joy

You may think 300 fine artworks hung in a historic ghost town would be enough to keep anyone’s attention but it turns out not even this is a match for a cute young roo.

Kangaroo joey.
Camera IconKangaroo joey. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

While visiting Cossack last week, a joey was let out to stretch its legs around a cafe.

It drew lots of attention, and cameras, as it hopped about. The joey seemed fine getting up close to people but became skittish as soon as babies started crying.

We can relate to this.

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