Ahh the humble scone, a more simple and perfect food does not nor ever will exist. In a world where everywhere from old corner pubs to fancy pants restaurants are trying to serve up Instagrammable meals confected with whatever ingredients are in vogue, the scone’s enduring success rests in its familiarity. Our State Government has in recent years been pushing WA trails as a core tourism marketing focus. We have bike trails, walking trails, four-wheel-drive trails, coast trails, wildflower trails... every trail you could imagine, and they all do wonders in showcasing this remarkable place we call home. Yet, we can’t help feel there is one very important trail missing. So without further ado we introduce to you the... Great Northern Scone Highway Oakabella Homestead Yes, our northern scone trip starts in the Mid West — but one must pass here to get to the North West so it is a good place to begin. We asked the caravanning community, the peak body on judging the worthiness of scones, where their favourite scone could be found and behind Ellenbrae and Bullara, Oakabella was the third destination head-and-shoulders above the rest. It is a great taster for what is to come as you set off on the long drive up the coast. Bullara Station The first stop in the north for scone lovers has to be Tim and Edwina Shallcross’ home at the bottom of Exmouth Gulf. Bullara Station has gained a reputation as a super-friendly, relaxed and communal tourist destination with some decent damper, coffee and scones to boot. A friend and fellow scone fan — sconelier if you will — who visited Bullara on our suggestion recently described these bad boys as “equal to” Ellenbrae, which is about as big a compliment — or sconepliment — one can receive. Expect a line in the morning to get your hands on these but trust us, it is well worth the wait. Ganalilli Centre Given the long distance between Bullara and our next destination in the Kimberley we stopped in Roebourne and asked the cafe staff at the flashy new Yindjibarndi-owned centre if they could do up a scone. Of course, they obliged. Served up to us was a keto-friendly delight made using almond meal, coconut flour and yoghurt. Firmer than most scones, but no less tasty. Once finished with your scone, take some time to check out the exhibits and learn about Yindjibarndi culture. It is a well-thought and highly educational out space. The Cossack Cafe down the road also does top-notch scones with a generous helping of jam and cream in a beautiful setting which melds history and nature, though at $7 it does come at a premium. Millie Cafe There are two scone spots — let’s call them scots — worth mentioning in the gateway to the Kimberley. Millie Cafe at the Cable Beach Caravan Park is the most recommended by locals. Traditional scones first thing in the morning are delightfully fluffy but it is the date scone which really shines for us with its extra burst of sweetness. They do get docked points for using packet jam, but that should not deter you from tucking into these beauties. The second is Broome Boulevard Cafe. If anything this one is slightly more doughy, but it really is like splitting hairs between the two. Convenience of being right next to the supermarket for those stocking up before heading on the Gibb is important here too. Again, points off for using packet jam. Like Millie, BBC’s scant serving of jam is bland and a waste of plastic. Tastys Cafe With a name like Derby you would expect the tiny Kimberley town to serve up a decent scone, and that they do. The jumbo-sized offering at Tastys (formerly High Tide Cafe) has what I imagine would be the mouthfeel of a cloud. It is excellent. It is also very filling, easily registering as the largest scone on our list. Unlike Broome’s offerings, this surprise package is also very generous with the jam and cream, both nearly overflowing in a ceramic serving plate, not a tiny packet. Ellenbrae Station Ellenbrae serves up the scones all other scones are compared to. They are undisputed scone royalty — scoyalty. Their back-to-basics recipe has been refined over years of dry seasons and has made the station one of the most recommended stopovers on the Gibb. Managers Larissa White and Logan Walker often joke the station is funded by scones and, with thousands flying out the oven each dry season, it is a statement which may not be too far from the truth. Chowing down on two, three, four (five?) of these beauties is a perfect respite after a few days slogging it out on the corrugations of the Gibb River Road. Their dog, Evie, is excellent company too and will probably bring you a leaf. Parry Creek Farm While Ellenbrae has perfected the traditional scone, Parry Creek near Wyndham is looking to carve a niche for itself with some more experimental recipes. Their traditional scones are certainly worthy of mention in their own right. A little firmer than Ellenbrae we found, but that slightly crunchy exterior still gives way to a beautifully soft, doughy centre. Last time we visited, which was admittedly before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Wyndham station stay was serving up a cracking pumpkin scone too, and have suggested interest in dabbling with native ingredients as well. We’re all for the experiments. Lake Argyle Homestead Museum The last stop on our scone sojourn — scojourn — is also our most scenic. Perched above the mammoth Lake Argyle, the old homestead is well worth a visit. Sitting in the gardens with a traditional scone served up with native food jams gives one ample time to reflect on the journey travelled — and scones consumed — in northern WA. This one depends greatly on the keepers present at the time, but on our last trip they dished up an hearty scone served with local Boabs jams, the best damn jam in the State for mine.