Lake Ballard, via Menzies, Menzies, 6436
See sculptures by world renowned artist Antony Gormley at one of Western Australia's most unusual and remote cultural attractions - Inside Australia - Antony Gormley Sculptures.
The artwork is a collection of 51 black steel sculptures standing over 10 square kilometres of the white salt plain of Lake Ballard about a 40 minute drive from the town of Menzies.
Each sculpture represents one of the 131 local residents, whose bodies were scanned for casts. The work was developed as part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Perth International Arts Festival.
So, what's the meaning behind these bizarre sculptures?
Gormley has said he wanted to find the human equivalent for the geology of the salt lakes. Tours regularly visit the artworks, or you can drive there yourself.
The best times to see the work is in the early morning or late afternoon.
Allow at least two hours to walk around the entire installation and always walk with a friend as the heat can be extreme.
Inside Australia also forms part of the self drive Golden Quest Discovery Trail which takes in ghost towns and historic sites north of Kalgoorlie.
Menzies is about an hour and a half drive from Kalgoorlie.
Free Camping at Lake Ballard
Free camping, toilets and picnic facilities available, as well as a black water dump station. Lake Ballard with its eerie statues and clear, wide open skies, is recognised as one of West Australia's best sites for stargazing.
- From Kalgoorlie-Boulder: Lake Ballard is approximately a 1.75 / 2-hour drive (sealed and unsealed surfaces).
- From Leonora: Lake Ballard is approximately a 1-hour 40-minute drive (sealed and unsealed surfaces).
- From Laverton: Lake Ballard is approximately a 3-hour drive, depending on the route taken (sealed and unsealed surfaces).
- Following heavy rain events, it is usual for the 20km stretch of unsealed road between Menzies and the Lake Ballard INSIDE AUSTRALIA site to be closed. If the rain has been particularly heavy, it is not uncommon for the road to be closed to all traffic.