The highlight of Kal's calender is the legendary 'Diggers & Dealers' conference, which takes place in August each year and is the largest gold mining convention in the Southern Hemisphere.
For a week, over 2,000 delegates, comprising miners, project financiers, equipment suppliers, consultants, the media - and doubtless a few extra skimpies drafted in to deal with the rush - descend on the town for a frenzy of deal making, industry gossip and epic drinking (often all at once!) in an atmosphere that's a throwback to Kal's turn of the century heyday. This is where the Australian gold mining industry comes to caucus and cry into its collective beer at the perceived injustices being visited on it by carbon taxes and labour legislation, and to 'talk up' new projects requiring finance. It's a fascinating redneck assemblage of people who pride themselves on being 'doers' not 'talkers', and is certainly no place for liberals, teetotallers or those of a meek and mild disposition!
Over this period, there isn't a spare bed or plane seat to be had for love nor money, so try and time your visit to avoid this if at all possible, unless this is the reason for your visit in the first place! If you fall into the latter category, then be warned that this is probably not the best choice of convention for exercising that option to take along your spouse!
When driving out this way you will encounter huge trucks on the highways..Due to the large mining operations that are are always being worked many of these large trucks are transporting "oversized" large mining plant equipment. Another thing to be aware of are the roadtrains. These can be really long vehicles with three or four trailers .. You will find that they will be travelling as fast as you are most of the time ..SO, you may want to give them plenty of room as they tend to throw up lots of loose stones (WATCH YOUR WINDSCREEN) don't get too close.. ONLY overtake if you have a clear run for a long safe distance...you will find that they will acknowledge your presence ..Take care ..common sense here is the best move.
.The roads out here are open outside of the few towns and most drivers tend to speed.. Most crashes that happen out here are drivers swerving to avoid large animals on the road..This has dire consequenses and sometimes fatal..The land is open and unfenced so anytime wildlife can run onto the road..and its not only Kangaroos there are camels out here and also other ferals. Be exceptionally careful if you decide to drive at night...hitting one of these will find you in trouble.if travelling try and be at your destination by nightfall as this is when local wildlife will faorage for food and also as the nights cool the kangaroos lay on the heat of the roadway..this brings them into an extreme confrontation with motor vehicles..
BE CAREFUL DRIVING IN THE OUTBACK ------ TAKE NOTICE OF WILDLIFE SAFETY SIGNS
Kalgoorlie or "Kal" as the locals call it can be fiercely hot with temperatures in the forties...The flies here are in their millions and are most annoying...Use a strong insect rpellant for these ..spray your hat and the back of your shirt...also apply a cover to your exposed skin ...This will surely give you some respite...In the evening you will be bothered by mosquitos and once again cover exposed skin areas...Dress with loose fitting clothing and wear long sleeves..The mosquitos out here are dangerous as they carry both of the dangerous Dengue Fever and Encephylitis viruses...Be aware of this..
WATER is a neccesity out here in the "outback.".When "out and about" ALWAYS make sure that you are carrying sufficient water for your needs...The temperatures out here can be really extreme and fluid losses must be replaced...You don't have to get very far out of these remote towns to be on your own.For travellers by car make sure that you are carrying ample for your car also...as many places out here will not give you water for your vehicle if they dont have much water.I carry at least 20 litres of drinking water which I can also use for my car if neccesary..DON'T be blase' about the heat it can "creep up" on you very quickly if you are not drinking water. also keep in mind that your mobile phone may not get reception out here and to be without sufficient water can be disasterous.When out walking/hiking in the sun wear a hat and sunglasses.
We saw the sign by the highway and pulled over to take a photo, the way tourists do on their first day on the road. Then I heard a rumble from behind and there it was - my first road train...
Not really a warning because if you keep your eyes open and leave them enough space to move, road trains are not dangerous. However, stay out of their way. They are heavy and cannot brake "just like that". When overtaking them, calculate enough safety distance and check if the road is clear very far ahead. Overtaking a truck of that size takes a while - see my video.
There is a speed limit for trucks that is 10 km/h slower than the speed limit for smaller cars, but since most truck drivers drive a bit too fast, they move more or less at the same speed as you. I think that is much safer than the huge differences in speed between cars and trucks we have in Europe because you are not challenged to overtake them all the time.
Boulder's nightlife consists of betting, drinking and whorehouses. All decent places shut down early. Finding something to eat after 8 p.m. is a challenge. Not exactly pleasant for ladies. I had male company (of my choice) but still felt unsafe after dark.