Distance: 228km Approx. Travel Time: 2.5 hours
If you want to understand the first town on our route today, Meckering, you need to understand one of the most significant seismic events in Australia's history. The Meckering Earthquake left a two-metre-high, crescent-shaped, surface rupture in the earth's crust. The disruption zone ran 30 kilometres either side of Great Eastern Highway from its epicentre, four kilometres west of the town.
Fifty years since the quake, the disruption zone has been eroded and filled-in to the point that it cannot be seen anymore - apart from one place; this is why we start the trail with a short diversion.
Head south towards York, on the Northam York Road, before taking Quellington Road to the east. Zero your odometer at the turn, and then look out for a lump in the ground. You will also see a gate, a shelter and a sign on the south side of the road at just over twenty kilometres. The last remnant of the earthquake disruption isn't all that impressive, we warn you. But when you stand on that small hill and look at the lump in the ground, imagine what sort of machine would be needed to create it in 45 seconds. then imagine the forces involved in making a similar lump more than 30 kilometres wide.
Then we continue on Quellington Road to where it re-joins Great Eastern Highway and head into Meckering, the town that shook to the ground. Most West Australians that are old enough, remember where they were when Apollo 11 landed and when JFK was assassinated. They also recall the Meckering Earthquake because almost everyone in the State at the time felt it.