The delapidated remains of the Sandstone State Battery are a stop on the Sandstone Heritage Trail. The ore-crushing building, workers cottages and a shed can still be seen to this day. The site is located alongside the Sandstone-Menzies Road and is not easy to miss as you drive past. If you like ghost towns and ruins and things you’ll enjoy having a look around at this site.
The Sandstone State Battery was a government-owned and run facility that crushed ore from the gold mines in the Sandstone area. It was in operation from 1904 right through to 1982. The workers live on site in little cottages not far from the battery building.
This was just one of over a hundred state batteries in Western Australia that were run by the state government in during the 20th century.
In 2009 the Sandstone State Battery building came close to being demolished by the shire over fears of it being dangerous. Luckily it was allowed to stay standing, but restoring it is not feasible due to its isolated location and the fact that it’s only a minor tourist attraction.
When my mum and I visited, the main battery building was fenced off. It appeared to have fallen further into ruin and disrepair in recent times, compared to photos I’ve seen from 10 to 15 years ago.
Where is the Sandstone State Battery and how do you get there?
It’s located about 6km south of Sandstone as the Crow Flies. The quickest way to get there is simply to take the Paynes Find-Sandstone Road south out of town then turn left onto Sandstone-Menzies Road and pick up the heritage trail (signposted). But the best way to get there is to follow the Sandstone Heritage Trail drive from the beginning, which will also take you to heritage buildings and a museum in town, London Bridge, the old Sandstone Brewery, Contradiction Well, and other historic sites in the area. I recommend stopping in at the town visitor centre/museum first to pick up the heritage trail map brochure (it also happens to be one of the stops on the trail!).
The map above is zoomed in on the State Battery ruins. To see its location in relation to the Sandstone town site zoom out a bit and scroll north.
Last Updated: 21st August, 2015.
First posted on 25th April, 2015 by Bonny.
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