Opinion, Truckies’ health and wellbeing

Good rest area for truckies on bad WA road

The Boorabbin Rest Area situated along the Great Eastern Highway in WA is a great spot for truckies to stop when they travel on what many describe as a challenging road.

It is located between Coolgardie and Southern Cross which are 187km apart.

Several drivers have told Spy it is a road which requires extra care when negotiating it.

“It is not the best in places,” one said.

A Perth-based small fleet operator told me that whilst it was rough in sections some parts had been widened and passing lanes added.

However, five drivers have told me that the Boorabbin Rest Area is a welcome stop off for drivers who want a rest and a fatigue break.

“There is plenty of bitumen parking for trucks and is also a memorial there to some deceased drivers,” another said.

A monument to the three drivers who lost their lives. Photo: Google Maps

The monument and garden commemorate three truck drivers who perished in the Boorabbin bushfire of 2007.

It’s located 100km east of Southern Cross and is a short walk from a truck bay on the southern side of Great Eastern Highway.

Truck drivers Trevor Murley, Lewis Bedford and Robert Taylor perished as they drove into the path of a bushfire on Great Eastern highway on December 30, 2007 after being allowed through a roadblock.

Shortly after the fire, three white crosses were erected by the highway at the point where the men died. Three years later, the Department of Environment and Conservation, in consultation with the families of the three men, built a permanent memorial consisting of a granite monument and an information shelter.

Behind the original white crosses on the highway, three permanent bronze plaques have been placed.

The rest area has an Eco toilet block that always seems to be very well maintained and has benches, tables and some fireplaces.

There is plenty of firewood available across the other side of the main highway and room for literally dozens of vans and big rigs.

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