November 2020
  • Day5

    All aboard

    November 16, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    To Kal station, dropped of the car and left the keys at the station office. A bright and early 07:05 departure for Perth, ETA 13:45.

    Later: running a bit late. Passenger challenges guard how could a train scheduled to arrive at 1:45 in fact arrive at 2:20? He says “if you remember we had to stop for a while outside Tammin (to wait for a freight train) and we can’t guarantee arrival time unfortunately”. “That’s appallingly”, says she. “Well if you think that’s bad, last week we had a service arrive 7 hours late”. “I know” she says, “I was on that one too”. “Well you’re the common denominator then” says the guard and walks off triumphant.Read more

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  • Day4

    Coolgardie

    November 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Known as the Mother of the Goldfields, Coolgardie population ~800 is a shadow of its former glory, when it was at one time the third biggest town in WA, with a population of more than 5000 in 1898 and still growing. As the gold dried up its population dwindled too, at one time as low as 200. Tourism has seen some growth in recent years.Read more

  • Day3

    Broad Arrow tavern

    November 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    38 km north of Kal, the tavern is all that remains of the town of Broad Arrow. With a population of up to 15,000 it was a bustling centre for gold mining, having 8 hotels, 2 breweries and even its own stock exchange. By the 1920s the gold had run out and the town was abandoned.

    Nowadays it’s a popular trip for the Kal locals and travellers who can sample a Broady Burger and leave their signature on the walls.
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  • Day3

    Lake Ballard - Inside Australia

    November 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    In 2003, the famous British sculptor installed the Inside Australia work in remote Lake Ballard, 2 hours north of Kalgoorlie, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. It consists of 51 metal figures widely spaced in the dead flat, salt encrusted base of the lake. The landscape and figures are dramatic. And its success had lead it to be retained to this day.

    The stylised figures are like distorted spindly ghosts even when close up, matching their appearance as they vanish into the distant mirage haze.
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  • Day2

    The other Super Pit lookout

    November 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    This is the view from the public lookout area. A blast was due at 5:30 pm but it must have been very early, late, or cancelled.

  • Day2

    Miscellaneous Kal

    November 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The old City Markets building. Sadly it’s not in use. And the headframe at the WA Mining Museum, and the view therefrom

  • Day2

    Kalgoorlie Town Hall

    November 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The former Town Hall is now the tourist information centre. I wandered and asked the chap who was vacuuming if there was any chance that we could look into the main hall. Les the caretaker was only too please open up the magnificent hall and council rooms for us. You can see the splendour in the photographs. Even with the dreadfully harsh lighting and lack of chandeliers the hall is spectacular. It would be wonderful if they could get a grant to restore it to its rightful glory.Read more

  • Day2

    Super pit

    November 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The super pit has 1.5 hour tours running, taking you around this working open pit mine site. The hole is roughly 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide and at its deepest is 650 m. And it’s still growing. It’s well worth a look. We’ll head back to the public lookout this afternoon to watch a blast, scheduled for 5:30 pm.Read more

  • Day1

    Evening in Kal

    November 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    A wander into town - 20 minutes away - was rewarded with a totally delicious Thai meal at Yada Thai on Hannan Street. As good a Thai meal as I’ve had anywhere.