1.1 8:30am Pack up after breakfast and head off in convoy.
1.2 Travel 53km on good gravel roads to Lake Ballard. Consider reducing tyre pressures for smoother ride on gravel roads. Internationally recognised as an odd place to put a bunch of statues. Have a look around the Lake. Get mud on your shoes and maybe fall over. Be in awe of the spectacular vastness of inland Australia.
1.3 Travel 150km from Lake Ballard to Gwalia on dirt roads, part of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. http://www.goldenquesttrail.com
Flight Deck – VeggiCruza
1.4 Gwalia, Leonora, Laverton. Frontier towns. Bitumen roads. Tour Gwalia, old mining town, restored. Fuel available in Leonora. IGA Supermarket open all day.
Gwalia is a relic. Almost a living relic that looks like the families have just walked away. Worth a visit, if you happen to be 800km from Perth one day..
1.5 Travel 120km to Laverton and Refuel. Next reliable fuel is 520km at Coolgardie. Nice coffee at the Visitors Centre. Leave civilisation and drive 35km on good gravel roads to Burtville. Consider reducing tyre pressures for smoother ride on gravel roads.
1.6 3:30pm Arrive on leases. Site of Leo’s two leases he named Freiburg North and South after his University in Germany. Set up camp.
1.7 Follow directions of Town Planners before setting up your own tent/camper.
Safely arrived at Burtville. Unfortunate delays of fuel, trailer brakes jamming on the dirt roads and a desire to do touristy things got us an hour later than perfect at Burtville
But these things are to be expected when we have 24 people in seven vehicles travelling in a group. The chatter on the UHF radios is entertaining and informative.
Wrong way says lead car Tim. So seven vehicles reorganise themselves to follow the leader, hopefully down the right track next time.
We found the old diggings site of Leo with relative ease following GPS coords. Fortunately the miners have not encroached on ‘our’ spot on the leases, despite them recommencing mining a few kms away. Turning off Merolia Road and make our way past the old homestead rubbish tip to the north. Find the old tracks and hear we are..
Some worked, some chatted. Some picked up nuggets. They come up like mushrooms after rain, so we were told.
Wild animals in the bush