Kalgoorlie - Perth
20.07.2012 - 23.07.2012 23 °C
Kalgoorlie, we are officially in WA mining country now! We headed into the town for breakfast where we met up with my Uncle who lives here. After catching up we went for a tour of the area, starting off at the Super Pit. As Mark said – if you haven’t got mining in your blood, standing at the top of the Super Pit injects it into you! (That theory may only apply to him, because I didn’t feel the urge to suddenly get down in there!) The hole is roughly 1 kilometre in depth and approximately 1 kilometre square at the top. Needless to say, whether you are into mining or not, it is still a rather impressive sight to see. We counted numerous dump trucks and excavators all busy working away, climbing up and down the roads that wind around the monstrous pit.
We moved onto some other attractions in the town, including Burte Street in the neighbouring town of Boulder, stopping to peruse the quaint little lolly shop! Next was the Tourism Centre in Kalgoorlie which features a little museum of sorts showcasing the historic side of the town, as well as a gold display worth $4million dollars! It was displayed in the downstairs section (underground) in what they called the “gold vault” with 2 very impressive safe doors leading into the vault.
After a further meander through the town and a lunch date to say goodbye, we were back on the road heading for Perth. The next 604 kilometres to Perth was all highway driving with a few scattered towns in between. We passed a lot of wheat paddocks, as well as a pipeline that follows the road the whole way to Perth – we assume it is used for the Town Water.
Finally we have made it to Perth where our mate Rog is waiting for us with a cooked dinner! Ah the luxury of sleeping in a house for 3 nights is unbelievable! Haha the simple things in life….
On the first day at Perth we explore the city and all it has to offer. Stopping at Kings Park to soak up the glorious sun we stretch out on the very well-kept green lawns and look out over the city. It was warm enough that we indulged in an ice-cream and wandered through the gift shop that sold wares from all across Perth, including precious stones, pearls, wooden items, metal work, glass work and many other things. Although neither of us are city people, we both are in agreement that this would have to be up there in our favourites. It was clean, well layed out, had plenty of grass and recreational areas, has the river that goes right past the city and the gorgeous Kings Park with spectacular views of the city….yep ticks a few boxes!
Ha! Found something this place doesn’t have, and that’s good drivers! They are shocking over here, them all seem to be in some sort of dream state when they get into the driver’s seat. There is no rush to get moving once the lights turn green or even to give way, the amount of near accidents we have witnessed firsthand is incredible!
The ute was due for a service so we booked that in at the local Toyota dealer and borrowing Roger’s car for the day we did a few more sights of the area. We checkout the ‘Zig Zag’ road up in the hills, it takes you on a zig zag road that looks back down at the city from up in the mountains – that was rather cool. We also explored the City Mall for some shopping and oh, on Sunday we also checked out some Markets. Monday night we caught up with another Uncle and Aunty for dinner at ‘The Prophet’ in East Victoria Park. Definitely recommend this Lebanese restaurant, just divine food!
With our stop over now finished we will be getting back on the road to explore north of Perth and all it has to offer.
Until next time,
Mark, Delle & Mack xx