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Revisit and Nullabor to Kalgoorlie

Revisit and Nullabor to Kalgoorlie

A small recap of my journey over the last few months—I left Caloundra early in July 2015 and travelled North at a leisurely pace as far as Cairns before heading inland to the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Then headed South through outback Queensland before a brief return to the Sunshine Coast for a hospital appointment.  A total of twenty stopovers in Queensland over three months.

Then inland again to cross into NSW and as far West as Bourke, then South-East to other inland towns and to Oberon to visit the Jenolan caves. The Jenolan caves are some of the oldest in the world—approximately 340 million years old. A lot of people go there especially for adventure caving. The caves are located in the Blue Mountains and holds special significance to the Gundungurra people . Fossils of the early sea creatures are clearly visible in sections of the limestone and these fossils suggests that the area that is now Jenolan Caves once lay below a warm, shallow sea.

I had previously suffered a shattered rear screen and since I couldn’t find a replacement locally I returned North along the New England highway and back to Slacks Creek to have a change made to the bus layout and to get a new rear screen cut and fitted. Then South again along the NSW coast before a brief return inland to visit some inland waters and make some stops along the Murray.  Making a total of fourteen stopovers in NSW over a two month period.

I Then crossed over to Victoria and had the bus serviced at Toyota in Wodonga.  Then south into the Victorian Alps before heading West across central Victoria with five stopovers and another month on the road.

The Victorian Alps was so picturesque, with a big focus on food and wine culture. Some specialties of the region include fine cheeses and bakery’s; as well as fortified wines with over 100 years of history and experience.

I spent Christmas at a small town in rural South Australia before a longer stay in Adelaide for my next hospital appointment and some time in my favorite city.  Next I followed the Spencer Gulf around to its South West coast.  Then West along the Flinders Ranges.

The Flinders Ranges stretch from Crystal Brook near Port Pirie in southern South Australia more than 400 km to Arkaroola in the north. A popular and more luxurious way to explore this remote landscape is by rail, though it can easily be reached by 4WD from South Australia's capital in Adelaide. There are a few caravan parks in the Flinders Ranges and Outback that also have campsites.

Then onto Eyre, and highways towards the Nullabor and the South Australian border.  That makes a total seven stopovers in South Australia.

I am now well and truly across the Nullabor and just arrived in Kalgoorlie. It is a city in the Goldfields-Esperanceregion of Western Australia, Australia, and is located 595 kilometres east-northeast of Perth at the end of the Great Eastern Highway. The town was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the so-called "Golden Mile”.

After staying here for a little while I will most likely return south and follow the coast along South West end of Western Australia for a while. So far the bus has behaved itself - 15,000 trouble-free km.  My hospital checks have shown that my nightly dialysis on the road has been successful.  Four-weekly deliveries of dialysis supplies have also been delivered as planned.

 

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