Day 97 – Kalgoorlie

Oh man so many flies. We had to retreat from the rest stop because there were zillions of them. Thankfully Merredin was just up the road so we pulled in there and made some banana pancakes in the carpark whilst listening to Banana Pancakes which was not embarrassing at all thanks Smash.

Breakfast in Merredin

Breakfast in Merredin

Then it was on to finish the drive to Kal. After passing endless streams of road trains and mining utes and countless roadworks we finally pulled in to town. It was a lot bigger than we had expected, and every corner of every street appeared to have a pub and hotel on it – insane. The main drag on Hannan St was lovely with all the old historic buildings and stuck our heads in to the WA Museum to get a good view over the mines and the town from the top of the tower and check out some gold nuggets and shiny things in their vault. After that we drove out to the Super Pit – a huge hole in the ground with the biggest and richest gold mine in the world at the bottom of it.

The Super Pit - Kalgoorlie

The Super Pit – Kalgoorlie

The Super Pit - Kalgoorlie

The Super Pit – Kalgoorlie

Machines at the Super Pit

Machines at the Super Pit

We couldn’t even see the bottom – it went down and down and down and the massive dump trucks that are about 4 times the size of a ute looked like tiny little ants trawling up and down. The colours of the rock were beautiful and it was a really interesting to see the scale of the operation, but pretty terrifying at the same time.

Big claw

Big claw

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Big things!

Big things!

We had a look around in Boulder next door which was sort of like a smaller Kalgoorlie. Lots of pubs and hotels and historic buildings on the main stretch – and just as quiet! Weekends seem to be extremely quiet in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Smash was craving a steak so we hunted down what was apparently the best steak in Kal at Paddy’s.. and it was definitely delicious. Then went out and camped at Lake Douglas nearby which was a nice spot and away from all the traffic of the highways so that was great!

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