The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog









Lazy start to the day and 5 minute drive into town - there is parking for motor homes and caravans in a side street next door to Coles and KMart. We went to the Kalgoorlie Town Hall (Visitor Information Centre) and then down the main street to the Tour Company which does tours of the Super Pit. The tours are so popular we wont be going until Thursday afternoon. A further walk to the top of the main street we came to the WA Museum. We spent about 2 hours here - there is the outside area containing a miner's cottage which was in use until 1995, the narrowest pub in southern hemisphere called the British Arms Hotel and a police rail wagon. Inside the museum, the gold vault took the boys interest with real gold pieces and ores. The display of old objects, furniture and Mulga Bill's wooden bicycle (Banjo Paterson poem fame) were also of interest. Unfortunately the lookout on the Ivanhoe Head frame was not open - apparently can see much of Kalgoorlie main street. Interesting that at the museum it says that the super pit will close in 2021 - they are looking for suggestions on what Kalgoorlie can then do. There are plenty of nice homes being built in Kalgoorlie, so people don't seem so worried? We headed back to the motor home and on the way we did a shop at Coles. We got a little lost trying to find Hammond Park for lunch. Mary had the map and Kerry had the controls - not a good combination! When we did find the park - it was a lovely green oasis with a very good playground for the boys, a model Bavarian Castle made of local gemstones (made in 1977) and birds, ducks, emus and kangaroos. It was quite warm so the boys wanted to go to the Oasis Precinct (indoor heated pool and play area, an outdoor water park). The boys had a great time - it was a very popular spot. Back to the caravan park - the boys tried the pool but it was cold compared to the Oasis pools. They decided to play on the playground instead.

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