The map

The Long Straight – 30 April

A short while after we left Cocklebiddy, we reached Caiguna which is the Eastern End of the longest stretch of straight road in Australia. Before Australia became metric, it was known as the Ninety-Mile Straight, but that has converted to 146.6kms. Peter and I split the driving on this stretch almost exactly in half.

The western end is at Balladonia, where after all that straightness we needed caffeine! We drove on to Norseman, an interesting little town, but nothing open to speak of. There were some quirky metal sculptures in 2D rusted sheet metal and also a herd of camels constructed in corrugated iron. At the entrance to the town was a bronze statue of “Norseman”, the horse after which the town is reputedly named. There was also some street art featured on several buildings.

From thence to Kalgoorlie for the night, via Kambalda, which looked as though it may be interesting, but wasn’t, except for some interesting small mix media art pieces!

After we had settled into our townhouse, we drove and walked to the top of Mount Charlotte Reservoir and Lookout which allowed us a vista of Kalgoorlie and its surrounds. The pre-sunset light was fabulous for photos.

The town centre is full of beautiful old architecturally interesting buildings as well.

Dinner at the historic pub “The Palace”. The main courses were fabulous (Peter had a rack of lamb and I had a trio of seafood), but dessert and extremely slow service kind of let them down. Of course, we had to take a selfie in the mirror presented to “The Palace” by Herbert Hoover in memory of a romantic ‘fling’ he had with a barmaid whilst a resident of Kalgoorlie or so the legend goes!

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