Kambalda – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Goldfields Highway

Goldfields Highway

I only had to travel 55 kilometres through wooded country today to reach Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  There were quite a few triple trailered trucks on the road so care was needed in getting out of their way.  When I arrived on the outskirts of town at an information bay, where there were large mining equipment displays as the welcome, I noticed a sign across the road for a Pioneer Cemetery so I go for a walk to explore. After walking quite a way I turned around and went back and got the bus and drove in – there is a large fenced area, so overgrown with shrubs that I thought I’d missed the graves, but finally found some near a gazebo.  The headstones are in poor condition and there are many numbered sites. The burials are on file in the cemetery records. The mounds of rock I can see are from the Super Pit and that’s where I’m headed.

It’s hard to find words to describe the Fimiston Open Pit Gold Mine (commonly called the KCGM Super Pit) – It can be seen from space so imagine a massive gouge in the landscape – layers of earth are removed in huge trucks – as big as houses – Hundreds of tonnes of raw rock in each – all with the hope of finding a few ounces of gold.  The view is spectacular – cars look like ants and the colours in each layer are different.  I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. (I’ve been told to go back at sunset for even more spectacular colours and I might try for a night viewing too)

The birth of the Super Pit is an interesting story – Alan Bond (WA businessman) started buying up individual leases in the 1980’s with the view to creating one big pit as underground mining was not viable. His company was not successful in the takeover but it resulted in a company being formed to manage the operation and the assets – KCGM – Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mining Pty Ltd – and the rest as they say is history.

After the Super Pit I head to the Pure Gold Visitor Information Centre, bought a couple of camps books (I’d been told they were $2 – I had to pay $20 each, and a WA Wildflowers guide. I got my card stamped, and headed out to the Kalgoorlie Golf Course for my final two holes.  This course was designed by Graham Marsh.  It is a Public Course, challenging and said to be one of the top ten desert golf courses in the world!! Intimidating when there are players and buggies everywhere.  I had to take my camera back to the bus, but took a quick photo of the tee off and the first hole – a 7 and a 6 to finish the 18 holes wasn’t too bad. The course is spread out over a large distance and there is a new housing development nearby – progress.

I head to Bunnings to get a fitting for my shower hose which was removed last night and speak to a nice lady – Donna who is a local – I’m going to catch up with her again on Sunday night at Boulder for dinner and park in her yard for the evening. I came to Centennial Park for the night to camp.

Road Train Warning

Road Train Warning

Mining Equipment at Information Bay

Mining Equipment at Information Bay

Boulder Pioneer Cemetery

Boulder Pioneer Cemetery

Boulder Pioneer Cemetery

Boulder Pioneer Cemetery

Super Pit

Super Pit

Super Pit

Super Pit

Super Pit

Super Pit

Boulder from the Super Pit

Boulder from the Super Pit

Bond's Buy up of Leases

Bond’s Buy up of Leases

KCGM is formed

KCGM is formed

Mining Machinery Information

Mining Machinery Information

Mining Machinery Information

Mining Machinery Information

Mining Machinery Information

Mining Machinery Information

Paula at Super Pit

Paula at Super Pit

Kalgoorlie CY O'Connor Hole

Kalgoorlie CY O’Connor Hole

Kalgoorlie Hole 1

Kalgoorlie Hole 1

Kalgoorlie Golf Club Fountain

Kalgoorlie Golf Club Fountain

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