Friday, April 04, 2008

Day Two KALGOORLIE TO NORSEMAN

We are actually in Esperance tonight, but I am going to backtrack a bit, because I have managed to get a good internet connection (hellishly expensive though), so I can download some photos.

So this is Kalgoorlie...












Day two of my trip started with a morning spent in Kalgoorlie, beginning with signing some books in the Angus & Robertson bookstore – and it has a huge science fiction and fantasy section managed by the lovely Tanya and Siobhan. In fact a very impressive store. I think Theresa, the HarperCollins rep in Perth, told them I eat booksellers for breakfast if not served with coffee…

Kalgoorlie has a surfeit of gorgeous public buildings, and – of course – hotels… It is also surrounded by mines, now all open cut, which means a landscape of savage rawness on a staggering scale. Note the size of the tailings – large enough to be called mountains on the scale of Australian mountains? – and the depth of the open-cut goldmine, Superpit. Those specks along the wall of the slope are trucks the size of T.rex.

The birds are Crested Pigeons out for an early morning stroll.

This is a harsh land. We passed though a small part of the largest temperate woodland remaining in the world – the Eucalypts survive dry conditions too severe for farmers and graziers, and so it has been largely left alone.

2 comments:

Jo said...

Fascinating stuff Glenda, and fascinating pictures. I assume the mines are still being worked. Hopefully one day they will fill up with water (although that will take a long time in such arid country) and become a scenic area. Or would it be too dry for a lake to build anyway? Annalou used to post pix of her trips in Oz and I find it all very interesting.

Glenda Larke said...

Yes, they are worked - in fact the area is having a boom as new methods and high prices have enabled them to mine places once uneconomical.

And yes, it is very, very dry.