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Onslow – Walk trails & hidden treasures

Story: Onslow – Walk trails & hidden treasures
Airdate: Ep 7, 25 August, 2019
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy

Join Chrissy as she discovers some of the uniquely personal aspects of Onslow.

  • The iconic ANZAC Memorial in Onslow is a giant sculpture, which depicts the badge on the hats of our diggers. It has been positioned on the banks of Beadon Bay, where the sun rises through the middle on ANZAC Day. Come and watch the sunrise, it is very beautiful and special and an emotional way to start a day.
  • Along Beadon Bay is a walkway dedicated to the memory of Onslow police officer Ian Blair. Ian was posted to Onslow in 1959, and remained an active member of the community until his death in 1998.
  • The walkway is about 1km and meanders its way across the top of the bay’s sand dunes. You can watch the salt ships being loaded in the distance and see views out to the Mackerel islands.
  • As you walk, discover more about the local area with informative signage all the way along with points on the history of Onslow.
  • In town visit heritage buildings such as St Nicholas’s Church. The unique verandas have withstood cyclones, which have flattened surrounding buildings.
  • With a population of just under 1000, the people of Onslow have their own passions, obsessions and stories to tell. Be sure to check out Neil Baker’s private shell collection as part of the ‘Hidden Treasures’ tour. Neil has spent over six decades trading and collecting shells all over the world. The collection contains thousands of shells, some of them very rare and valuable.
  • Inside the town’s final remaining aviation fuel tank is an artistic offering which almost defies description. German crayons bought at the post office were used by the Stein Family to transform the walls of the tanks, which was also their home. Their young children used to search for their favourite characters as they fell asleep each night.
  • There is a lot of history in Onslow town. To make sure you learn about all of it, book a Hidden Treasures tour at the local Visitors Centre.

For the visitors centre Ph: (08) 9184 664
www.ashburton.wa.gov.au

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