The existence of the World’s Largest Tombstone is debatable. This was to be the third time I had searched for it.
According to explorer/surveyor Robert Austin’s 1854 journal it was just outside of current day Goomalling. Nine other interested persons in six vehicles joined me over the weekend over 24-25 May 2014 to see if we could find some truth in Austin’s words.
After rendezvousing at Northam we travelled to Goomalling Springs (from where Austin started his day back in July 1854) and toured the historic Slater Homestead.
We then spent several hours on the property immediately to the north of Goomalling Springs where Austin stated the world’s largest tombstone to be, searching in vain for anything that even vaguely resembled his description.
The weather was changing and looked threatening.
After having searched the ‘target area’ twice with no luck we headed off to Walyamouring Nature Reserve, then to Dingo Rock, Wongan Hills, and Lake Ninan.
From this surprising lake we followed the railway from Kalguddering to the Goomalling-Dowerin Road.
On the exposed expanses of the farming country to the north of Goomalling the winds were gusting to 40 kph and more. It looked like being an uncomfortable night at our planned campsite at the yet-to-be-found tombstone.
Rex suggested that we stay at the experimental farm at Amery, just outside of Dowerin. The buildings gave us protection from the wind and what could have been a miserable night was in actuality quite pleasant.
Next morning we travelled to Minnivale where a local interest group has a rail restoration project. South of this historic abandoned village is Namelcatchem Well, a restored pioneer well.
We visited Yorkrakine Rock, an aboriginal ‘birthing site’ and an important landmark in the Shire of Tammin and a popular walking and picnic site.
Mount Caroline and Mount Stirling dominate the landscape on the drive to Kokerbin Rock, Australia’s third largest monolith. There are so many interesting features at Kokerbin it would take more than just a fleeting visit to see them. There is a well developed tafone not far from the parking area.
From there we headed to Pantapin, past the Pink and Blue Lake to Youndegin. Here we stopped to see the old police station and well, and then headed to York and back to Perth.
Kim Epton, Mike and Sue Crane, Nick and Carrie Crane, Rex Adams, Phil Di Nunzio, Cliff Hills, Jeff and Micaela Anderson.
© Kim Epton 2014-2019
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