Julz was determined to do some fossicking whilst in Kalgoorlie, so we trotted off to the Dept. of Mines to pay our $25 for a lifetime “Miners right”. In Western Australia, to do any prospecting or fossicking you require a “pass” to dig. Only on crown land I might add, unless you get specific approval from a property owner.With picks, sieves and buckets in tow, we drove off 80 kms south of Kalgoorlie to the middle of nowhere, just north of Widgiemootha.
The bush land is untouched, except for the road side garbage that is thrown from passing “pigs” in cars and trucks.
Julz, Ron and I explore into rugged, but beautiful, bush to scrape, like chooks in a hen yard, through a range of gem stones. I think I found a diamond, not sure as yet, and Julz has a bucket load of beaut, coloured stones. Bet stayed back at the camp with the dog, Gypsy, to have some time alone.
We packed up and left Kalgoorlie early this morning, heading on the road to Southern Cross and then south to a place called Hyden – Wave Rock.
Looking at the clouds in the back of the car as Julz drives us, resembling artistic brush strokes sweeping across the stunning blue skies. The landscape starts to change, quite dramatically, to paddocks filled with, what looks like, golden wheat or grain. We stop at a little stop in the middle of “whoop whoop” to find a service station selling diesel and discover to our surprise it is the best price so far on our travels.
We travel to our destination at Wave Rock, set up camp and wonder over to view the Wave Rock area. Our camp is set up only three minutes walk to see this amazing granite “wave” a frozen surf wave in rock. Quite a unique sacred space. We then visited the “Hippo’s yawn”, which is a very large gaping wide granite rock which resembles a Hippo yawning (funny that!).
The next day we ventured out to view a local ancient indigenous rock cave, called Mulka’s Cave, which showcases a host of hands within a granite cave. These are said to be approx 40,000 years old. This whole area is fascinating and definitely is worth exploring. We saw more granite features, including the Humps and the breakers trail. Fascinating how these huge lumps of granite take form in the middle of “whoop whoop” without any other sign of granite anywhere else.
We also ran down to Kulin (about 200 kms return trip) to see the Tin can highway. This is a whole load of tin horse art made out of recycled tin materials made by local farmers. It stretches some 20 plus kms and breaks up the boredom of endless wheat farms.
We left Wave Rock after a two day stay and headed south to the coast in Western Australia. We almost didn’t come to Esperance, (Espérance is French for ‘hope’) as it is so far away from anywhere else. However, now that we have explored this little township, population 13,500, we realised what all the fuss is about. Stunning white sand beaches with clean, crystal clear water.
Lots of them too. We are here for two nights to relax and take it all in. In the morning we head off to Bremer Bay for two nights, where I get the, once In a lifetime opportunity, to see Orca whales (Killer Whales) close up and personal (not in captivity, but free as ..um…whales).