Day 8

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
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Trip End Apr 20, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Up early and off to the thriving big smoke of Kalgoorlie……HELLO wake up it's 8:40 and so far just a couple of "local folk" congregating on the steps of the info centre. Liam remembers seeing a Kmart sign in a back street so we aim for the red neon sign & park having finally found a shop open. Walking past the 35c amenities block we follow the crowds (2 men & a dog) in to discover a Kmart from the past, I think all the old fittings head bush to be re-invented as Kmarts in the back of nowhere. Half empty shelves but really friendly staff informing anyone who asks they will be closed both Sunday & Monday, retail the way it should be! Time to tackle Main St and find some info on what’s around, while we were in Kmart everyone headed to the info centre which is now over-flowing (opening until 1pm and closing the rest of a long weekend doesn’t seem to work for tourism people!) Shopping instead peeps so up & down the Main St it is, thankfully for Bill we find a model shop & spends a great deal of time gazing over model cars (of course buying one he had to have…)

Time to drag ourselves sightseeing so it’s off to Coolgardie a little town about 60 kms down
the track (via food shop & customary Bunnings visit) it’s so nice to cruise without the big lug on the back finally 110km is legal (100 speed limited when towing in WA-yeah right!) Coolgardie is nothing what we were expecting the information centre appears to be the only sign of life, they have a museum Bill of course is bee to honey so I take the kids to tour the town….ok quick sum up of Coolgardie, Motel open restaurant advertised as open-closed, IGA open, pub open, 20 or so scattered boarded up shops and one police car cruising up & down the Highway that in our 10mins walk pulls over about 6 cars (I think just to say Hi but maybe random breath tests.) Finally we drag Bill out of the Museum/info centre and head back to Kalgoorlie. Bill drops kids & I back at the caravan park and heads off for another Super Cheap Auto hit before we head off. Back at the park we are over-run with newcomers, an outback troop carrier tour with about 12 overseas visitors each putting up their own little tent while group leader Bruno scurries off to start cooking, a group of 4WD with heaps of “dirt” set up their swags (I wonder where they’ve been?), after dark another couple of tents start set-up, this is all on a small section of grass
behind our van that is un-powered with the only real access through the vans that all back onto it, thank goodness we leave tomorrow!

Looking forward to Wave Rock tomorrow oh and Easter Bunny tonight!

Bye for now :)

Mackay’s awaiting chocolate delivering Bunny 

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