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Dec 10, 2017 - The Indian Pacific

Sunday 10th December has been looked forward to for some time! We joined the Indian Pacific heading for Adelaide early on Sunday morning. We weren't able to get on the train straight away but we did peek through some of the windows at the accommodation - unfortunately we chose the wrong windows to look through! Some of the rooms were tiny with not even enough room to lie down. Luckily I had had a moment of inspiration when I made the booking and booked a 'Superior Gold' - great decision! The room was brilliant with a permanently made bed...

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Mar 4, 2017 - The Train part #2 - Feb. 26 con't

That evening we had our first off train experience scheduled in Kalgoorlie an old mining town at 9 pm which had been delayed a second time, we would not arrive till 9:45pm. I planned to be fast asleep and I was till 4am when an alarm went off and all the emergency lights went on in our car. This included one right over your head in the sleeping cocoon. We all poked our heads out of our rooms like a human game of whack-a- mole..... And determined we had no one to tell. Since everyone was awake they all wanted to use the facilities which did...

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Over to Downunder

Dec 6, 2016 - Kalgoorlie for couple of days

Had a look around areas of Kal we hadn't visited previously, walked Burt St in Boulder, looking lovely once again after the earthquake damage has been repaired, and had our farewell dinner - as usual - at the Rec Hotel. Thanks Mahon - was great to spend these days with you again.

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Nov 18, 2016 - Kalgoorlie

As we will be back on the road tomorrow and will not have much in the way of shops, etc between now and when we cross the Nullarbor, today has mostly been about getting organised for that part of our trip. Ian did go out to a tourist mine to have a look around (he thoroughly enjoyed it), but I wasn’t all that bothered if I went or not so it was washing, cleaning and shopping for me! I have also downloaded a couple more audio books for us to listen to so as to pass the hours on the road. Listening to audio books has been one of the new...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Kalgoorlie

It was still a bit cool and cloudy this morning which was perfect for taking the dogs for a walk in Karikurla Bushland Park. The park is at the north-western edge of Kalgoorlie and has been a large plot of land that is rehabilitated bush land post being extensively mined for gold. It has been very well done- you really think you are back out in the desert except for the bitumen paths and believe it or not, water troughs strategically placed around the park for dogs! There was even mulla mulla flowering - it was the one flower we have either...

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Nov 16, 2016 - Kalgoorlie

The weather today is slightly cooler than yesterday with potential for a thunderstorm in the air. We had decided to take turns doing a self-guided audio tour of Kalgoorlie today, and that I was going to have first turn. I picked up the audio guide at the information centre and walked up and down Hannan street (the main street which is named after Paddy Hannan who was the first person to discover gold here) taking in all the points of interest. There are certainly some magnificent buildings around town (mostly pubs!) with different...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Norseman to Kalgoorlie

The heat wave finally caught up with us today! The fire risk was also very high and we were on the road just after 9am. Early for us, but our fellow campers (about 3 other lots) were gone before 7am! We took the Kalgoorlie via Coolgardie route, so stopped off briefly in Coolgardie. It is another town where not a lot is happening, but some interesting old buildings. I have added a photo of a building that is no longer in use, but if you read all the things it was on the signs around it -it has been a newsagency, butcher, bridal, cake and...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Kalgoorlie - September 4 to September 5

Sunday September 4 to Monday September 5 Kalgoorlie Sunday A sunny, crisp Father’s Day morning to pack up in. First stop was Bunnings (about the only place open!) to replace our Gasmate cooker which died the previous evening – well, it was 20 years old and a new one only coast $19.95. With an open mind we headed towards Norseman, still not sure about going to Kalgoorlie. The countryside is characterised by grain crops again, and there are many large storage silos and stacks. We arrived in Norseman at lunch time, drove around, photographed...

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Tardis Travels 2016

Sep 16, 2015 - Kalgoorlie

Wednesday 16 September 2015 A relaxing start to the day again, washed the towels and then set off for The Royal Flying Doctor Base in time for the 10.15am tour. Only six of us there for the tour and greeted by friendly staff. Cathy gave us lots of history about how the organisation got started to the very professional operations of today. Kalgoorlie is a very busy base and covers about a third of WA. They have the Pilatus C12 planes, with all the latest equipment, which obviously helps the pilot, doctors and nurses to perform their duties...

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Nullabor Adventure

Sep 15, 2015 - Kalgoorlie

Tuesday 15 September 2015 A big day out today, leaving base at 8.45am and returning at 6pm. Headed down town to join a tour to KCGM Super Pit. Outfitted with our vests and safety glasses, we headed out to the pit. The tour was for two and a half hours which passed by very quickly. The pit is now 3.5 kms long, 1.5 km wide and 550m deep, and still growing. They are working now to extend it by one km at each end! The underground mine also extends from near the super pit to under Hannan Street, the main street of Kalgoorlie. So much information...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Kalgoorlie

Monday 14 September 2015 A bit earlier start than usual as the car was booked in for a service at 8am. Cold mornings here at the moment, but fine warm days. With Don away early, I headed to the laundry, along with all the others with the same idea! Plenty of machines, so all went well, and had a good couple of hours washing, changing sheets, washing floor and dusting! Sounds good, but I guess the van is not very big!! Don returned about 10am, so after morning tea, we all headed up town for a walk around and to find out about the mine tour....

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Sep 13, 2015 - Westonia to Kalgoorlie

Sunday 13 September 2015 Pack up day at Westonia and once again we were greeted by a beautiful clear morning. Have thoroughly enjoyed our time there, such a different little town, but still lots to see. Only 9kms back to highway at Carrabin. Continued on to Bodallin for cheap fuel and then headed for Southern Cross. Bit of a nothing drive through lots of flat country but every now and then there was a splash of color from wild flowers along the roadside. Not a busy highway today. Turned into Southern Cross, and no activity in town. Found...

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Nullabor Adventure

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