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Mount Magnet to Meekathara [Karalundi]

Saturday was the first day for a while that we woke to a bright sunny day, although there was a very chilly wind which followed us all day.  We made a slow start and after chatting with some fellow travellers, we left Mount Magnet at about 10.00 am.

We headed north along the Great Northern Highway, past an almost dry but apparently huge Lake Austin.  The drive today featured heavy road train traffic and a lot of road-kill including an emu and several cattle.

A Very Low Lake Austin

A Very Low Lake Austin

Another Road Train

Another Road Train

 

We stopped at the town of Cue for our morning break and had a walk around looking for coffee.  Cue is an attractive town with some amazing stone buildings and iron sculptures.  One really impressive building is the combined Post Office, Police Station and Courthouse – built in the late 1890s, this building is still used for its original purpose.  Gold was officially found there in 1891, which was actually before Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, when Tom Cue registered the area’s first gold claim.  In its heyday it had a population of 10,000 people and 11 pubs.  Very few people live there today.  There was a very impressive general store/supermarket/newsagent/lotto agent/etc, but no coffee.  We reverted to our standby thermos of boiling water and a coffee bag in the caravan.

Cue Club Hotel

Cue Club Hotel

Cue Post Office, Police Station & Courthouse

Cue Post Office, Police Station & Courthouse

Iron Statue

Iron Statue

Iron Statue

Iron Statue

 

From Cue we continued north and stopped at a rest area about 20 kms south of Meekathara for lunch.

We then continued on to Meekathara and although we cruised through town quite slowly to get a bit of a feel for the place, we didn’t feel comfortable about stopping.  Further up the highway was a rest area that we thought could be a potential free camp for an overnight stay.  Although there was lots of space and it was obvious that plenty of people had camped there in the past, we thought that there were a few too many empty  Jim Beam cans and doughnuts in the dirt to feel really comfortable, so we continued further out of town along the highway.

Just a quick comment about free camping in this area.  We had planned to be doing quite a lot of free camping on this adventure but we are simply not finding very many suitable spots.  Much of the area we have been driving through in the past week or so consists of flood plains, and there has been some recent heavy rain.  There is a fair bit of water along the road side and as a result many potential free camp sites, as listed in the Camps 7 book, are just too wet and too much of a risk for us in our big rig.  Hopefully further on we will have more luck finding better free camping spots.

Our eventual destination was Karalundi Caravan and Camping Park, which had been recommended to us by some fellow travellers at Mt Magnet.  When we arrived it looked quite inviting but we couldn’t find anyone to actually book in with, so we temporarily set up camp in the carpark outside the café and got out our chairs and books.  Eventually the manager turned up and showed us to a suitable spot and said that we could fill out the paperwork in the morning.  We chose an unpowered site as we are fully self contained but wanted the reassurance of being in a safe place.  Not long after us another caravan arrived with three young kids and a baby.  Obviously they wanted to feel safe for the night also.

Welcome to Karalundi

Welcome to Karalundi

Camping Area at Karalundi

Camping Area at Karalundi

School & Church Buildings at Karalundi

School & Church Buildings at Karalundi

 

There was no mobile, internet or TV reception at Karalundi, so after a delicious tea cooked in the caravan, we watched a DVD and had an early night.

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Leinster to Mt Magnet, WA

We awoke to a cold morning which turned into a beautiful day, as seems to be the case most days recently.  After hot showers and breakfast, we hit the road at about 9.30 am (we weren’t in a real hurry to get anywhere).  One thing we noticed in the first leg of our journey was a large flock of eagles, soaring above the highway.  It was so sunny it was hard to capture them in a photo, although we did see more of these majestic creatures along the way.

Site at Leinster Caravan Park

Site at Leinster Caravan Park

 

First stop for morning coffee was the Peter Denny Lookout (Camps 7 #271) and what a surprise it turned out to be.  The countryside looks deceptively flat here and it is the last place where you would expect to find a lookout.  However upon closer inspection you find that the lookout is on the edge of a breakaway, where the land falls away and you can explore the cliff faces.  This is a large space with plenty of evidence of free-campers.  If it were not quite so early in the morning we might have been tempted to stay there tonight ourselves.

View from Peter Denny Lookout

View from Peter Denny Lookout

View from Peter Denny Lookout

View from Peter Denny Lookout

 

Our next stop was for lunch in the delightful town of Sandstone.  This is an old gold mining town which started its development in the 1890s. The town site was gazetted in 1906 and by 1913 it had reached a population of 6000. By the end of World War I it was virtually a ghost town and remains as such today.  The locals however are making a huge effort to keep their town alive.  There are a number of shops, a fuel station, a Post Office, a thriving caravan park, and plenty of trees and other street plantings.

Sandstone Post Office

Sandstone Post Office

Sandstone Streetscape

Sandstone Streetscape

 

From Sandstone we stopped at the Windsor Rest Area for a break.  Again, this was a potential over-nighter but we decided to keep going a bit further.  At the rest area we discovered a pile of stones with visitors’ names, so we made our own contribution to the pile.

Our Contribution to the Rock Pile

Our Contribution to the Rock Pile

 

Our resting place for today is the Mt Magnet Caravan Park.  Mt Magnet is the biggest town we have passed through since leaving Kalgoorlie.  It has lovely wide streets, three pubs, a supermarket, butcher, baker and a well planned caravan park.

Arriving at Mt Magnet

Arriving at Mt Magnet

Mt Magnet Caravan Park

Mt Magnet Caravan Park

 

For Downunda, further to your previous comment, we refilled the Ute in Mt Magnet after travelling 708 kms with just over 100 litres of diesel.  There was some left in the tank, possibly enough for a further 100 kms or so, but I won’t be stretching things that far in a hurry.

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