Sunday 8th April, 2012
the morning Domink allowed me 30 minutes for sightseeing in
Kalgoorlie. This was enough as all shops were closed due to Easter
Sunday. Back in the camper I got migraine. Good luck I had the
headache soon under control. First we wanted to do a bit sightseeing
in Coolgardie, but because of my headache we let it be. We made a
short toilet stop and saw how children were searching Easter bunnies
in the park.
continued and drove until Merredin. Here also everything was closed,
but still we made our lunch break here. After we decided to drive
until Narembeen and to stay thee overnight. Our road passed huge
grainfields. From time to time there where grain collecting points
beside the railway track. In Narembeen we watched a seeder which was
about 25 m wide. The camping in Narembeen was an open space and we
would have to pay at the municipality hall. Only it was closed due to
Easter and so we continued. In Kondinin it was the same, only the
site was nicer and we could pay in the motel. So we went to the motel
and returned with the key for the kitchen to the site. The rest of
the day we read or worked on the computer. In the evening I walked
over the sports place and watched to sunset.
Saturday 7th April, 2012
we went to shop food, then we drove along the sea. The road had
several lookouts. At some place we could go down to the beach. As the
sun was shining, the sea shimmered turquoise. We stopped at following
places: Blue Haven, Salmon Beach, Twilight Beach (was elected in 2006
to the most beautiful beach of Australia) and Picnic Beach.
Everywhere we observed beautiful rocks and beaches. Then we left the
sea and went to Pink Lake. The lake was not as pink as I had
imagined, but the opposite shore got nicely mirrored. On the shore a
sign explained that the lake may get pink due to algaes. A bit
outside of Esperance we stopped to see some tractors and other
farming machinery. Then our drive northwards lead along the railway
tracks. On the way we saw a grain filling station. We drove along
grainfields where seeders were operating. There were also a few
Billabongs (water holes) and salt lakes at the side of the road.
Kalgoorlie was our destination and we reached it a bit after 4:30pm.
The first camping was already booked out. The kind lady explained
that all the other camping sites are also booked out. We tried
nonetheless and were lucky: the next had a free place. We were glad
that we did not have to drive 50 km back to try there. As we had some
remaining time we drove to a lookout where you could look down to the
biggest gold mine of the region. The opencast mine is huge and the
machines used cost a few millions. No wonder gold is so expensive.
Then we went to the Mount Charlotte lookout to look from above over
the region. You can see a few mines and the town.