Early April we had Greg’s mum Sue come over to Kalgoorlie for a weeks visit and was absolutely great having her here. Greg took a week off work to show her around and take her on day trips. I’m sure he wore her out! They also went on a scenic flight over the Pit and the town before she left.
We both got the week of Easter and Anzac off from work and went camping. As we have too much stuff that you tend to accumulate when nesting we had to borrow a tent! Many people told us that a great place to go was Niagara Dam about two hours north from here. So off we went and when we arrived we were both blown away by the size of it! It looked a lot bigger in the photos! We are obviously spoilt for waterways back on the east side and maybe we take them for granted as out here they get excited over a bit of water which isn’t much bigger then a yabbie dam! But we enjoyed ourselves and had a relaxing time. We did a couple of day trips to Kookynie and Gwalia which were both big bustling towns in their hey day of mining. Kookynie still have people living there and the pub is popular with travellers. When the ‘Sons of Gwalia’ mine closed down the town emptied overnight from 1200 to 40 as they all got on the train and left. The old shacks are being restored to how they were originally and is now a tourist attraction. The mine is now up and running again having being brought out by St Barbara. There is a photo here showing the mine but as it is actually an underground mine it goes down another 1200 metres which you can’t see.
On the Anzac weekend we went to a spot on the map called Rawlinna for the Nullarbor Muster. It’s about 380kms east of Kalgoorlie on the Trans Access Road which follows the Trans Continent railway line to the east. Once a year they have a rodeo as well as heaps more activities and entertainment going on from Friday afternoon till Sunday. They had about 850 people camping there which was down from the previous year as they had a bit of rain (but not enough to stop any events). We were surprised by the variety of people there from young families, grey nomads,international tourists as well as the expected groups of blokes and women. Next to us camping on one side were three young blokes from Holland who are currently WWOOFAing/working on a property at Wiluna (which is way out in the middle of no where). They all decided to have a go at the bull riding and did, not once but twice and still got up and walked away. On the other side of us camping were a retired couple travelling around Oz. They declined on the bull riding! Other events they had included skeet shooting(clay shooting), arm wrestling, iron man and women racing, boat racing (similar to the Todd River race at Alice Springs), barrel racing, charity horse race and heaps more. The whole weekend had a great atmosphere with everyone enjoying themselves. The trip home was slow as the road was getting chopped up and one car we came across only about 20kms into the trip rolled over (obviously going too fast)! They had a long wait ahead of them for a trailer to come out and get them!
Since then we’ve been back at work and Greg is now playing hockey again. We went to the races one weekend with a couple Wendy and Doug we met here at the park. They came over from Sale in Victoria to caretake Davyhurst mine which is currently mothballed till the price of gold picks up and production starts again. While at the races Wendy picked the trifecta, got excited and stepped back in a hole which you couldn’t see and broke her foot! She didn’t think it was so bad till the next day when she couldn’t walk on it and no, she wasn’t drunk! She’d only had one beer at that stage!
We had a visit from John Phillipson’s son Ben and his partner last week who are travelling Australia as well. It was great to see them and hear some of their stories and adventures as well as news from home!
We are now on the countdown till we leave in October and continue travelling ourselves. As we want to spend a couple of months down the south of WA we decided to stay here and work over winter as it will be too cold and windy now. Hopefully by the time we go the weather will be great! Till then, cheers and hope everyone is well!
|Nullarbor Muster–Something You Muster Do!
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