G’day Viewers (Paul Hogan always used to open his tv show back in the 1970’s with those words – amused me even back then, when I was a wee lass ..)
Cue, Western Australia, only has a population of around 300, and it takes about 7 hours to drive here in a north easterly direction from Perth. Oddly, the 31st American president, Herbert Hoover, was a former Cue shire president, which goes to show great things can happen to anyone – no matter where they’ve lived.
There are some great touristy things to do here – not to mention being blessed with an absolute plethora of stunning wildflowers when they are in season. The Walga Rock, Uluru’s little sister, lies about 50 km away in a beautiful setting boasting indigenous rock art as well as lots of native fauna lounging around in the shade to escape the heat.
But I was here for another reason. A weekly meeting that takes place on a Tuesday from high noon to 3pm in a cool, high ceilinged, rejuvenated old building, now housing the Tourist Information Centre. Yes, the Cue Craft Group – woo hoo!! I was extremely happy to come across this rarity in the outback. I made some scones to take along and set off from the caravan park to the Cue Resource Centre, just a hop, skip and jump away.
I’m always early, and Tuesday was no different. Pauline on reception kindly showed me to the room and offered me a coffee, where we chatted about what brought her to Cue – she is originally from England, while filling in time for the other ladies to arrive. Lauren arrived next, bringing a bag of lovely multicolored crocheted headbands she’d made. Having made many a scone in her time, Lauren kindly offered me some scone-improving advice so my next batch should be fantastic.
Annie also came with her granddaughter in tow, and started knitting a beanie for Josephina, the doll Annie had collected many, many years ago. Ruthie, the local coordinator/supervisor for the Cue community also chatted with our group. Ruthie organizes a monthly sausage sizzle and tourist information at the caravan park, as well as community activities such as Thai Chill Zen Fit classes, swimming and family cricket matches.
As you can see, even for such a small community, there’s lots going on – so if you do happen up this way, drop in (especially to the Craft Group) and have a wonderful stay.
Have a fabulous day.