15th March 2016
With Rebecca Brewin from My Bloggable Day
With crisp sunny days and fewer flies hanging around, the cooler months are perfect for exploring many Goldfields destinations. Here are my top 5 places to go for a quick getaway from Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
We♥KB editor note
Driving around the outback of Western Australia is not like traversing metropolitan city areas. Please remember to check with the local shire for up to date road conditions in the Goldfields and please, remember to take lots of water with you!
Tell a friend where you are going to and when you expect to be home again.
For advice from a local get in touch with the Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Information Centre on Hannan Street Kalgoorlie.
Autumn and winter are perfect for exploring Lake Ballard and the 51 otherworldly sculptures that are dotted around the large salt lake. Trust me, I’ve been in summer and it was a painful 46 degrees. But the night I camped there in winter was magical, even if I did forget the plug to my inflatable mattress. The sculptures are part of renowned artist Antony Gormley’s ‘Inside Australia’ installation. At dusk they take on an eerie presence and at sunrise cast long shadows along the salt. The star-dotted night sky is an added bonus and Lake Ballard is only 180km from Kalgoorlie-Boulder via Menzies. The free campsite has fire pits with hot plates; so don’t forget the marshmallows and bacon! BYO drinking water.
Fore more information regarding camping and the condition of local roads please contact the Menzies Shire Office on 08 9024 2702.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s favourite beach holiday destination should not be reserved just for summer. Esperance is equally as beautiful in the cooler months, and quieter too. Enjoy the beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park by hiking up Frenchman’s Peak; from the top you can see amazing views of the Recherche Archipelago. You can take a relaxing walk along the squeaky sand at Hellfire Bay and find Lucky Bay’s resident kangaroos lazing about on the sand for that perfect instagram snap. Closer to town I recommend you grab something warm from the Coffee Cat van at the Tanker Jetty headland and stroll along the newly revitalised foreshore. For lunch head 10km out of town to Yirri Grove, their olives alone are worth the drive.
T get all the goss on Esperance tourism attractions and visitor information please click here
History buffs should head for the ghost town of Gwalia, just 4km from Leonora in the Northern Goldfields. What’s not to love about a picture perfect pioneer village? Gold was discovered near Mt Leonora in 1896 and the Sons of Gwalia Mine opened the following year as an underground operation. Over a hundred years on you can now peer into the vast open pit and wander around the very early miners’ cottages and once thriving businesses that serviced the town. You can even take a peek into perfectly maintained Hoover House, located right on the edge of the mining pit overlooking the town That’s where mine manager and later, the 31st President of the United States of America, Herbert Hoover lived. Grab a coffee and some cake on the verandah and enjoy the view. There is an interactive map and more information on the Gwalia Ghost Town & Museum website.
If you don’t have time for a long weekend away but still want a short trip out of town, head 38km north to the Broad Arrow Tavern. It’s a nice Sunday drive through the Great Western Woodlands past a couple of mining operations. Grab a sunny spot in the beer garden or a warm spot in front of the fire inside and attempt to read all the names that adorn every inch of every wall in this quirky pub. If you see a free space perhaps add your own name. I can highly recommend the Broady Burger and the huge thick fries that come with it.
As far as I’m concerned, no stint in the Goldfields is complete without a visit to the annual Nullarbor Muster. Held in April, the three-day festival at Rawlinna (400km east of KB) celebrates everything that is unique to living on the edge of the desert. From bull riding to gymkhana events to the best turned out ute competition, the Muster will have you dreaming about throwing everything away live as a jack or jillaroo on a remote pastoral station. You’ll never forget attempting to line dance in a tin shed, under a star-packed sky with the taste of bundy and coke on your lips. Admission for adults is $30, $20 for 16-18 year olds and kids under 16 enter for free.
The 2017 muster begins Friday the 21st of April. Learn more about this iconic outback event by visiting their website.