Menzies is small historic mining town north of Kalgoorlie in the Western Australian outback. To the west, the Antony Gormley Sculptures stand against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Ballard’s dry salt bed.
The town of Menzies once had a population of over 5,000 and boasted many hotels and breweries, as well as a 40-bed hospital. For almost 100 years the magnificent Town Hall had a blank-faced clock tower, it is believed the ship transporting the clock from England sank en route in 1905. A replacement clock was eventually installed in 2000. Other grand heritage buildings built from local sandstone include the railway station and nursing post.
Antony Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard
Lake Ballard is the site chosen by British sculptor, Sir Antony Gormley, to display his world-famous ‘Inside Australia’ art installation of 51 sculptures known as the Antony Gormley Sculptures. The work of local Indigenous artists, including the Tjuntjuntjara and Ilkurlka people are also on display in the historic federation building that houses Menzies Visitor Centre.
Menzies offers a choice of accommodation including Menzies Hotel (outback motel style accommodation) and the Menzies Caravan Park.
Things to see and do in and around Menzies, Lake Ballard and Kookynie
Golden Quest Discovery Trail
Embark on your Outback adventure along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, spanning 965 kilometres through Western Australia's Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This popular drive route traverses 25 interpretive sites highlighting the 1890s gold rush region, classic pubs, outback ghost towns and changing natural landscapes including nature reserves and campsites.
Follow the video links below to view some of the amazing attractions you'll encounter along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail