March 26-28, 2024

Once a gold mine and a timber town Boddington is now best known as the town with the Lithium mine just an hour and a half South of Perth. The Council has created a 48-hour six-bay RV stop in the riverside memorial park (although there were 10 vans there on our second night?).
From the RV stop is a short walk into the town with IGA, Hardware, two petrol stations, and several cafes.

A walking trail also goes in both directions along the Hotham River, this is going upstream to the Weir and around back towards the Rodeo ground and main street.

Another major local attraction is the annual Rodeo held the first weekend of November each year. The arena and the event is a creation of the Boddington Lions Club; Keith was a Lions member in nearby Narrogin when this came about in 1977 and assisted in the working bees to build the original complex as well as the catering for the first Rodeo the same year. It was interesting to stroll around the complex and look at the progress made and ongoing.

The walking trail going downstream goes for around 3km to Ranford Pool, a popular local swimming hole, there is an option of returning via the rail trail, a paved path along the route of the old Pinjarra to Narrogin rail line. In our case we visited a local lady in Ranford to talk about the history of the Rodeo and got a car ride back to the caravan.

…. from Boddington we have moved on to the Narrogin Caravan park again for the next 2 weeks ..

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By Keith

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