Jumped in our little Hyundai i20 fire engine at 7am and headed north to the place the locals call “kal”. The low and associated frontal system passed through Esperance late yesterday so the weather should settle and warm up. Unfortunately the following high pressure system is quite well South which means adverse Easterly winds. Not good for sailing for a few days yet until the western side of it reaches us and we get Northerlies.
Arrived in Kalgoorlie at 11.30am after a 4 hour drive from Esperance. Checked into the Palace Hotel and were upgraded to a room with ensuite, all for $70 per night. The pub is a classic rambling old place built in 1897, accommodation is rated 2 star.
Done a couple of tours, the Super Pit is a huge open cut mine where gold is extracted. The large hole was originated by Alan Bond buying up the many small mines and consolidating them into one big operation for economies of scale. The mine is now owned as a joint venture between Barrick and Newmont
The other tour was the Questa Casa bordello tour of the longest running establishment in Hay Street. In case you were wondering our tour was at 3pm and the girls don’t start work till after 6pm. The madam said that there were none working currently, but two new girls are starting next week.