Friday 31st October 2008, Coolgardie.
We went for a trip into Kalgoorlie today as we had planned and what a day: We have been watching the weather in this area for the past few weeks and have been waiting to get into the 30-35 degree days, and what did we get, a day of very strong winds and rain, for the first time in ages according to the locals. We did get the opportunity to do the things we had intended though, even though it was hard to put up with the weather conditions. The Super Pit was well worth the visit, even in the gale force winds. They have a lookout over the pit that gives a very good view of it, but it is high up and the wind blew like nothing else. We were also fortunate to witness a blasting in the mine, the first they have had for a few days. I also had my usual walk around town taking photos, this time while Linda was doing her last decent shop before we get to Adelaide. The buildings were what we expected, being old and in very good condition, the streets were very wide, among the widest ever seen in any city. Even though the weather was shocking the trip was well worth it and we do not mind only having had one day to see it.
Thursday 30th October 2008, Coolgardie.
Another 300 kilometres sees us now at Coolgardie, about 40K SW of Kalgoorlie. We chose to stop here to save carting the van in and back out of Kalgoorlie, and it is also cheaper. We don’t intend doing much at Kalgoorlie so a day trip tomorrow should see it out. We are hopeful that we may be lucky enough to see a mine blast at ‘The Pit’ but a phone call in the morning will reveal if it will happen. Other than that we are only interested in looking at some of the old buildings. Talking about old buildings: it is quite obvious that Coolgardie was once a booming gold mining town by the few grand old buildings that are still standing and in good condition.
Tuesday 28th October 2008, Merredin.
We arrived at what could be our third last stop before making that trip across the Nullarbor again. We are now at Merredin (see map) which is on the main highway half way between Perth and Kalgoorlie. We had a minor tyre problem today on the caravan with one tyre being about half deflated when we arrived here. It, hopefully only, was a faulty valve and has now been repaired, free of charge by the local tyre company by the way. We get the impression that this is one of those very few towns that the locals are extremely friendly, and that was one example. Another was when Linda was in town waiting at an ATM and some ash from another woman’s cigarette blew into her eye, and the offending woman bent over backwards to help Linda by taking her to the local chemist to get some immediate treatment, which again was free. The caravan park owners here are among the friendliest we have met as well. I do hope the rest of the visit will be as amicable.
Monday 27th October 2008, Hyden, Wave Rock.
We are finally getting some warmer weather, almost thinking of turning on the air-con, it is nice for a change not having to run the heater of an evening. We went to Wave Rock today and also did the long walk around the area, we have now made up for the lack of exercise lately. Wave Rock is a bit smaller than I imagined, then I was probably misled by some of the advertising photos seen over the past couple of months, but it was certainly worth the trip to see it. The rock is actually called Hyden Rock, but publicity calls it Wave Rock, the wave section is only a small section of the entire rock, and another small attraction called Hippo’s Yawn looks just like its name suggests.
. Wave Rock Enlarge.
. Hippos Yawn Enlarge.
See more pics on Flickr.
Sunday 26th October 2008, Karlgarin, Hyden.
Went for a drive to Hyden today, but as we started day-light saving today and we slept in we were a little late getting away, I also wanted to watch a little car racing when we returned. We decided that we would not have enough time to see Wave Rock and its surrounds so we drove around to see the other rocks in the area, and we will return to Wave Rock tomorrow. Some of these other rocks are The Humps, a very large granite outcrop that contained a cave called Mulkas Cave. Further around was another outcrop called Kings Rock, This is not usually visited by tourists, obviously, as there was a gate across the entry and not many tyre track after it. As there were no signs barring entry we went in anyway, we had driven that far to see it so we weren’t going to miss it. Overall the day was rather worth it as there were a couple of lengthy walks at the Humps, one was over the top of the rock and being reasonably high and steep I was surprised Linda actually managed to do it.