Menzies is a small town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia and truckies have been singing the praises of a new rest area there which has clean toilets, lots of parking for heavy vehicles, and hot showers.
Spy had never heard of Menzies, which is 728km north-east of the state capital Perth, and 133km north-northwest of Kalgoorlie.
It has a population of less than 200 but benefits from some mining operations nearby.
A Perth owner-driver told me he stopped there one night in early September and was surprised to see such a good facility.
“It had a hot shower there and it is free of charge,” he said.
“Us truckies love a shower after a hard day’s work and there is also enough parking for three triple road trains on both the northbound and southbound directions. There is not much else for us drivers between Menzies and Kalgoorlie.”
It was built by the progressive Menzies Shire Council.
A few years ago Spy discovered a similar facility at the Queensland town of Dirranbandi which was extremely popular with drivers.
Dirranbandi is near the NSW and Queensland borders on the Castlereagh Highway and the Balonne River.
Whilst on the subject of rest areas in WA, other drivers have complained about the state of the one between Auski and Port Headland.
It is a distance of 274km from Auski to Port Headland, which is the second largest town in the Pilbara region.
“I stopped at the rest area the other day and bolted out from the toilet as soon as I could. It has those hole in the grounds toilets and was dirty, smelly and full of flies and mosquitoes,” a driver told me.