Crook in Cook

While travelling from South Australia to Western Australia along the Old Eyre Highway we took the opportunity to have a look at Cook, a sort-of-ghost-town, which sits on the Transcontinental Railway line. It used to be home to nearly 500 people who all worked in some capacity on the railway and therefore had a school, pub and many houses. It also had the only hospital for miles around which advertised itself all along the railway with the catchphrase ‘If you’re crook come to Cook!’.

Nowadays the town has a population of 4 and is still a diesel refueling stop and has overnight accommodation for train drivers. The relics of days gone by are fascinating.

Bit of a plug for the local hospital

Bit of a plug for the local hospital

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Indian Pacific train passengers still disembark here for a look at the 'outback'

Indian Pacific train passengers still disembark here for a look at the ‘outback’

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The Transcontinental Railway line

The Transcontinental Railway line

I loved this mural to one of the Cook locals. Someone out here is/was a fabulous artist

I loved this mural to one of the Cook locals. Someone out here is/was a fabulous artist

This cracked me up. I was looking for a toilet in the town and thought this looked like a good old ‘bush dunny’ but was a bit confused by the words ‘Eftpos Here’ on the side of it, especially after just seeing a sign for ‘souvenirs’. All become clear when I had a look inside….a good bit of Aussie humour.

'Eftpos Here'

‘Eftpos Here’

Someone in Cook is a bit of a comedian

Someone in Cook is a bit of a comedian

When the Cook population was 500 it had a school, pool, tennis court and cricket pitch. The school building is still there but the pool has seen better days 🙂

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Cook school

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Great mural on the school building

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School rules

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Swim anyone?

Cricket anyone?

And for those who misbehaved on their train trip across the Nullarbor there were even jail cells.

Cook Jail

Cook Jail

 

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