The Break – Fremantle – Leighton Beach 2

Like everything in life, the beautiful white sand and turquoise sea at Leighton Beach (yesterday’s post), has a darker side.

Back from the beach, oil tanks and shipping container terminals rub shoulders with luxury apartments. The road running parallel to the beachfront carries heavy traffic and is popular with cyclists, but not now considered very safe since a cyclist was knocked off his bike by a vehicle and killed.

Deb Fitzpatrick captures this dichotomy in her book, The Break. In the opening pages of the novel, someone is attempting to commit suicide from a railway tower just across the road from the beach. A few years back the tower was demolished, but we just happen to have a photo from before then.

Railway Tower Leighton


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