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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie December 20th 2018

I'm nowback in Manly Vale having been without WiFi for four days, so I will try to atch up on the train journey now: Sunday 16th Dec. Up early and a taxi to East Perth Station for check-in on the Indian Pacific: the train that will take 3 nights and 4 days to get back to Sydney. I'm in a very compact but comfortable solo cabin, in a very recently refurbished car.. All very smart but it is tight. I and other solo travellers soon made our way to the lounge bar which is offers great views. All food and drink included and we were soon into the bubbly and chatting away. Unsurprisingly there are several old fogeys like me on the trip. More surprising there are quite few solo ladies travelling, all of whom seem ... read more
In my cabin on the Indian Pacific
Kalgoorlie
Giant machines at Kalgoorlie

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie December 15th 2018

So, Steve had managed to find the address of our next accommodation, after trawling through e-mails of confirmation and finally finding one we had previously read that gave us the information. Who needs the internet? We had considered staying in a place called Menzies which featured on the map IN BIG LETTERS so we thought it might be a thriving place but in fact it was tiny, made up of about six buildings which were mainly closed (including the Information Centre and loos which I really needed to be open) so we were glad we had decided to drive further. Menzies was very pretty though, in keeping with most of the other places we had passed through in the Outback, as though they had been frozen in time. A sign told us it was once a ... read more
On entry to Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie roundabout and traffic lights!
Me and Mr Hannan

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie October 13th 2018

7th to 11th October 2018: A trip to the Gold mining town of Australia with the 3 of us traveling on The Prospector from Perth to Kalgoorlie. We walked a lot and caught the local bus to Boulder and surrounds then hired a car for 1 day to visit the Super Pit, Mt Charlotte ( where the water pipeline from Mundaring Weir ends) and Hannan's North tourist mine. We had very interesting tours of both the Kalgoorlie and Boulder Town Halls by the local historian at $5 per person and worth going to. The colours of the surrounding areas are many and very beautiful and best seen from a high vantage point. The Super Pit is awesome for the size and dimensions and again the scope of colours in the one location is wow.... read more
Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie May 22nd 2018

sorry I’ve been a bit slack lately. Too busy having fun. I start on a sad note sorry. The day we got to Margaret River there was a murder/suicide. Very sad for those involved. Moving on from here we stop at the Surf beach then travelled north to Cape Naturiste for morning tea and Busselton for lunch.At 1.84km long it is one of the longest in Australia. A quick trip through Bunbury then stopped at Gnomesville. Camped in nearby NP. Fuel up at Collie then drove to Narrogin for lunch in a Cly Pit. Then headiest north to Beverley, where we stopped to have a look at a locals collection of vintage relics. He had a bit of everything. Camped in town RV park. York just up the road is WA’s first inland town. Explored here ... read more
York
York
York

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie August 29th 2017

Bleary eyed at 6am we set off from Martin and Gemma's home in Victoria Park, Perth to the East Perth Rail Station. "The Prospector" the 7:10am Perth to Kalgoorlie train was standing at the platform. We had minimal luggage for our 2 night stay in Kalgoorlie, just 2 small rucksacks. No room for shovels or panning sieves ! We boarded the train excited about our long distance rail expedition and wondering if we would find that little gold nugget to change our lives! It was a 650km rail journey taking around 7 hours. After the suburban sprawl of Perth the scenery was stunning as we travelled through the mountains and alongside rivers. Soon we could see a large water pipeline next to the rail tracks. This water pipeline was built by the great C Y O' ... read more
Arrival in Kalgoorlie
York Hotel
old building

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie September 28th 2016

I don't think I mentioned this yet but the bloody wind has been blowing hard for the last five days now. Mixed with some rain it is being quite the pest at camp and, as it is head on to us, it is making my fuel efficiency bloody horrible! We hear that although it is a bit ordinary in WA, that SA are getting their worst winds in 50 years! I know this because we have been listening to ABC local radio. A lot. We must be getting old... We had an early but relaxed start to the day as we had breakfast in the camp kitchen and then a shower. Each. Not together. Dad and Pia headed off to Norseman early and we wandered in around 10.30 am. A quick stop at the IGA, topup ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie December 22nd 2015

Geo: -30.7477, 121.472Hello from KalgoorlieFirstly I must thank everyone for their feedback on the blog it is satisfying to know that you are reading it and possibly enjoying it, but some of the feedback makes me think that I should have called it 'The Princess and I'.The last two days at Yulara produced some spectacular views, firstly a storm over the Rock at sunset on the 30th and then the Helicopter ride over Lake Amadeus, The Olgas and Ayers Rock on the 31stThe lightning storm passed behind the rock creating a continuous light show for about an hour including a rainbow over the rock as the sun set. Lake Amadeus changes colour dependant on how wet or dry it is, the storm the night before meant we saw it with more patches of darker colours than ... read more
Ayers Rock 2
Ayers Rock 3
Ayers Rock Lightning

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie April 17th 2015

27/10/2014 The complaints department at Kangaroojack's travel Blog Inc, had received a complaint from a reader who said that we had not published Woo Hoo its the Choo Choo (Part ll) which astonished us, so in true form we never break a promise, JD we hope you enjoy it. I woke at 04.45 and just stared at the windows until the sun came up, it was unfair to disturb Caroline, so I dressed as quietly as I could and as she stirred I said I was going to Macca’s for a cup of coffee and do some of the blog, I did hear the words “bring me back a coffee”. The morning was absolutely beautiful and by the time I strode out it was about 05.20, the morning was warm and absolutely stunning, I knew the ... read more
Woo Hoo its the Choo Choo (Part ll)
Woo Hoo its the Choo Choo (Part ll)
Woo Hoo its the Choo Choo (Part ll)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie October 31st 2014

It's not easy to say quite where the Gold Fields story should start. East of Southern Cross, maybe at Norseman, Coolgardie, or Kalgoorlie Boulder? Geographically, the southern end of the gold fields is around Norseman, and extends across to Coolgardie and almost Southern Cross. Historically and financially, the find by Jack Hannan at Boulder would have to have had the biggest and most enduring impact. The earlier explorers here found alluvial gold, and then tracked the rock sources and started burrowing. In the Kalgoorlie Boulder area there were many mines, each productive but as time progressed, inefficient to operate. Most Aussies know of Alan Bond, and it was he who overtime bought each of the mine leases until he had the whole strip on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie. He had a vision for a deep open ... read more
Big Boys Toys
Kookynie - 1 horse town
The wheel inspecter

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalgoorlie October 27th 2014

Aussie Import 25 & 26th January 2015 Sunday morning arrived and the day of our Australia day celebrations, we had set a breakfast date with everyone for 7.30 with the same guests we had for dinner last night Everybody dutifully arrived, (except for Brian and Nesta, who’s excuse was they cannot remember me advising them we would do breakfast) and we cooked for another 12 hungry campers, eggs bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes and toast. We all then regrouped over to the TLCC membership area as the Cricket matches had started at 8.00am. Now Australia day is a big day, it’s all about celebrating Australia’s identity, meats pies, lamingtons, cricket and generally having fun, historically it’s when the first fleet of British ships landed in 1788 at Port Jackson. It is celebrated on 26thJanuary but as most ... read more




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