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Sunrise @ Statham's Quarry

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by MonkeyBoy (subscribe)
Artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, poet, writer, photographer, dreamer
Published May 11th 2014
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Statham Quarry
is an old stone quarry located in Gooseberry Hill, on the Darling Scarp.

Statham Quarry Early Morning
Early Morning Serenity at Statham Quarry

Watching the sunrise from the summit of the quarry is a sight to behold, even when it's cloudy.

Sunrise at Statham Quarry Perth Hills Gooseberry Hill Darling Scarp
Sunrise at Statham Quarry

This morning I was lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse of family of kangaroos bounding across the bush land before my very eyes, while the sound of bird song echoed through the hills.

Sunrise Kangeroos Bird song
Look & listen out for kangeroos & bird song

The quarry is accessible via the Zig Zag Scenic Drive from the top and by Ridge Hill Road from the bottom, with free parking at both access points. I prefer getting there via the Zig Zag Scenic Driveway, for the sheer joy of the drive, but it is the grandeur of the quarry itself that really gets the heart pumping.

Statham Quarry Rock Climbing
Statham Quarry on the Darling Scarp

Popular with rock climbers and abseilers, the quarry wall faces are ideal for the sport.

Popular with rock climbing and abseiling
A large variety of rock faces offer rock climbers and abseilers plenty to choose from

In the horseshoe shaped quarry basin itself, you really get a sense of the size and beauty of the place. Being surrounded by these huge monolithic rock faces can be very humbling.

Grandeur & Beauty Humbling and Haunting
Humbled by the grandeur of the place

As the morning progresses it is lovely to see the different colours, contours, shapes and sizes appear and morph into different patterns, bursting into life as the sun appears.


The diversity of the floor colours also adds something special to the feel of the place, with different colours of gravel, a large grassy knoll, a pond and more.

The diverse colours are great for aesthetic artistic types
The diverse shapes and colours are great for aesthetic artistic types

The deciduous trees and their autumn leaves transformed the place this morning, reminding me of harvest time and my own roots in the UK and Ireland.

Autumn Leaves
Colourful Autumn Leaves

For those into old abandoned derelict buildings, or if you just want a bit more grime or graffiti, there are a few old structures hidden in the undergrowth, presumably from when the site was in use.

Graffiti in abandoned derelict buildings
Graffiti & Derelict Buildings

These provide an enlightening look at the history of the place, and if you use your imagination, you might just be able to imagine the quarry still operating.

Old structures abandoned made derelict
Wonder what this was used for?

One of the most extensive dolerite dykes, it was established in 1894 by Thomas Statham and William Burton, and helped build Perth. It was put out of operation by a bushfire in 1957. However, you will not yet find that information anywhere in the quarry due to a distinct lack of signage, bar the regularly placed obligatory 'warning: rocks' signs.

Beware of Slipping Rocks
There is no shortage of warning signs

Dangerous areas are sign posted and mostly fenced off, but the face of the quarry wall is easily accessible. So, if you are with small children, I suggest to keep them close at hand while traversing the upper echelons of the quarry site.

The quarry has some facilities including an indoor toilet and a covered gazebo area with a picnic bench. The site is quite well maintained.

Toilet facilities & Grandeur - a funny mix
Spot the toilet as the city blazes bright light

A gem to visit any time of year, Statham Quarry is a serene and inspiring place to go to.

Natural Bench Facilities naturally carved from rock
How about this for a bench and a view?

Just another great outdoors type place to go to in Perth, for free, anytime.

Rock formations shapes patterns
Shapes and patterns in the rocks

Step up and enjoy this free outdoor place, in the East Suburbs, near the Perth Hills

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Why? To get in touch with nature
When: Anytime
Where: Statham's Quarry, Gooseberry Hill
Cost: Free
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A well written and interesting article. I will definitely take my camera along when I explore the site.
by designred (score: 0|2) 81 days ago
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