14. Sep, 2021

Day 62 (Sat 11th Sep): Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie

We drove from Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie.

Total distance today: 245 km.
Total charge time: 6 hrs 38 mins for 75.64 kWh.
Total wait time: 43 mins.
Charging at SC oval for 1 hr 20 mins, added 15.5 kWh, 0 min wait, 3-phase 16A, 51% to 72%, cost $0.
Driving Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie, 228 kms, 2 hr 26 mins, at an avg 103 kph, 184 Wh/km, 72% to 12%.
Charging at Kalgoorlie for 4 hrs 18 mins, added 60.14 kWh, 0 min wait, Dest 16A, 11% to 95%, cost $0.

We checked out of the motel with only 51% charge and went to the charging listed on Plugshare at the local sports oval for a faster 3-phase charge. While waiting we walked down to the main street. Saturday morning and there was hardly anyone about. One real café where we got some food to take-away. I say “real café” because there was another along the street. It had hand-written signs in the window, had very little on any shelves, no lights, no customers, cash-only and it was a “business for sale”. We wondered why someone hadn’t already snapped it up.

Southern Cross looked to be well-resourced by council. It had a fabulous sporting complex consisting of the footy oval with modern rooms, tennis courts, swimming pool, lawn bowls and basketball courts. Remembering it was late Saturday morning - we couldn’t understand why none of the facilities were being used by anyone (except us with our EV charging). They mustn’t have a footy team anymore because the ground clearly hadn’t been played on for some time.

We drove towards Kalgoorlie. Passed through Coolgardie without stopping. There were long distances with roadworks and reduced speed limits so we arrived at Kalgoorlie with more charge than expected. The council provides a parking space for charging in the main street outside the Kalgoorlie Market. I fully expected it to be ICE’d just after 1 pm on a Saturday but it wasn’t, no doubt thanks to the clear signs. Unfortunately there was no power. We weren’t sure from notes on Plugshare if it only worked when the market was open.

We walked to the nearby Visitor’s Centre. The lovely women in there didn’t even know there was a charging space but undertook to raise it with council next week. The next option in town was at a hotel, the View on Hannan (main street). We drove a few blocks down there and decided to stay there for the night.

We walked back up the street and had a drink at one of the “double storey with balcony” mining-era pubs, the York Hotel, sitting upstairs looking over the street. Then a bit further up the street to another pub, the Palace, booked for dinner on their balcony and decided to have another drink to fill in time. We observed that Kalgoorlie was definitely a product of the gold-mining boom – very wide streets, lots of large, impressive hotels and other buildings. Pictures on the walls showed crowded streets one Labour Day with electric trams 3-cars in length. It must also have been planned about the same time as Melbourne because each of the streets in the grid had lanes running between them.

When we got ready back at the hotel later, we drove via the Big Pit gold mine viewing point. It certainly was “big’ – very deep and wide, with a myriad of tracks circulating around the edge that must have taken hours for loaded ore trucks to navigate. Dinner was good, and the restaurant busy. One thing we noted was the number of hotted-up cars that seemed to like making the most of their ability to make noise.