Cool in Kalgoorlie

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We are in an amazing area.  The gold mining history is everywhere and is still in the making.  We have been doing The Golden Quest Discovery Trail which takes us from location to location where huge towns sprang up in a flash and dissapeared just as quickly when the pioneers moved on the the next big "strike".  At the beginning of the 20th century the twin town of Gwalia and Leonora (where we were last weekend) were so big the ran an electric tram between them.  Mining is booming everywhere in Western Australia and these place are still surviving.  After we left Leonora we saw Niagrra Dam which was built out of concrete brought from Coolgardie by 400 camels.  It was intended to be used for water for the steam trains but never got used.  We wished we had time to stay and camp there.  Our lunch stop on Monday was Lake Ballard which is a huge salt lake with 51 sculptures spread over its 10 sq km surface.  Then we stopped at Ularring Rock which was visited by Ernest Giles and has a cairn on top to commerate the time.  We wished we had time to stay and camp there too.  Rowles Lagoon was where we spent Monday night and it was lovely.  Excellent facilites all set up for camping and we enjoyed our camp fire and cooked our dinner over it.  Every morning we wake up to a beautiful sunny day but we really feel the cold after 4pm when the night air starts to arrive.  We are currently in Kalgoorlie which is a big bustling place. Our main aim here was to have both vehicles serviced.  Unfortunately the Landcruiser was overdue for a major service so it had to be done here.  We were without a car all day yersterday but the service was fine (nothing major the fix) however the cost was megga!  The Prado only needs a routine service and then we are on our way again.  We are heading south to the coast to see the family and they are making great plans for the weekend. 
In Kalgoorlie we visited the Super Pit Lookout.  This is Australia'a largest gold mine and still getting bigger.  The mammoth mining trucks look like tiny matchbox toys.  They dig out 85 million tonnes of material each year to produce about 800,000 ounces of gold.  I still wonder what will happen to the hole after 2017 when they predict its closure?!?  Other than that we've not done a lot but did shout ourselves a pub meal at the Recreation Hotel in Boulder!  How is Olympic fever going?  We have no idea what is happening in the rest of the world.  All we know is our holiday is almost over and we think we will be home on Friday 22nd August or a little later depending how cold the wheather gets.  We miss you all and look forward to seeing everyone soon. x x x x
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