I recently visited sites around Elizabeth that were favorite hangouts for friends, siblings and myself when we were kids.
I’m looking forward to seeing them again in more favourable light.
Uley Road Cemetery
Just outside Elizabeth, the Uley Road Chapel was an isolated and spooky place at night. Kids would drive up there when it was dark and frighten each other with scary stories. Sadly the Chapel no longer stands.
The olive grove
With its gnarly old trees that in places would block out the light even on a bright day, there was always a sense of mystery about the old olive grove. Still, it was fun tearing along its many paths on pushbikes.
The old quarry is now all fenced off for the local Pistol Club. Back in the day, kids would climb rock faces of varying difficulty here. I remember one unfortunate boy got himself stuck and needed rescuing. He made the front page of the newspaper for his efforts.
The old go-cart track
Disused for a very long time, it is surprising that remnants of the old go-cart track still exist. It doesn’t really seem so intimidating to look at it now, but for many kids racing down here in a home made go-cart at full speed was quite terrifying.
A lookout has been built next to the old quarry. It offers a panoramic view right across Elizabeth. Here we can see the Holden factory lit up by the afternoon sun.