Di and Pete's 2014 Oz Adventure travel blog

Pete relaxing at our bush camp

Pete having a bush bath

Di collecting rubbish around bush camp

Kalgoorlie - Super Pit observation deck

Kalgoorlie - The Super Pit

Kalgoorlie - Super Pit - Pete in loader bucket

We set off for another long day on the road, the roads were so straight and long out in the wheat belt. We had to decide whether to take the dirt road to the Great Eastern Highway or stick to the tar and travel a bit longer, we stuck to the tar and are glad we did as it was easy driving and we didn't get dust all through the van. We joined the highway at Merredin, stopped at Souther Cross and finally pulled into a free camp called Yerdani Well about 56 kilometres west of Coolgardie. We had travelled just over 500 kilometres, it was very hot and the flies welcomed us with open wings. We were the only ones there until a road train pulled in late in the night.

It was such a change in temperature from Margaret River where we had a blanket plus sleeping bag on our bed at night, here we had just a sheet. It was hard going to sleep in the heat but from now on its only going to get hotter so I best get used to it.

Pete went about picking up rubbish around the camp when we first arrived and we both filled a big bag before we left, there are a lot of disgusting people out there who don't give a dam about our beautiful country, it's a real shame.

When we left the next day we travelled about two kilometres further along the highway and there was another rest area with tables etc and I think that was where we intended on stopping the night before (the real Yerdani Well )anyway it doesn't matter where we stopped as we survived the night and had a reasonable nights sleep.

The next morning we got away reasonably early and headed into Kalgoorlie where there's a 24hr RV free camp right in town. The only condition is you must be fully self contained meaning you collect all grey waste water and not let it run on the ground. We went to Bunnings, got a bucket and lid and Pete put together a system to collect our waste water. The ranger called in and was pretty impressed so we were allowed to stay.

We looked around Kalgoorlie and Boulder plus visited the 'Super Pit' which is a massive open cut gold mine, the trucks look so small from where we were standing. Even though it was our second visit we were still amazed.

Our nights sleep at the RV camp started with some elderly local women arriving to have a very loud chat, then later there was very loud yelling between another couple who were having relationship issues. That went on for many many hours and I finally fell asleep due to exhaustion. I know all about their personal issues and all I wanted was for them to go home. This must be the spot the local aboriginals come to sort out their problems as its a nice area with a park and lots of space so they can yell their heads off. It's just a shame people are trying to sleep nearby. I looked forward to a nights sleep in the bush along the Nullabor.

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