Tuesday, 8 May 2012

7th May Goongarrie National Park

After Kalgoorlie we headed out to Goongarrie National Park and former Goongarrie Pastoral Lease which had been recommended to us by the camp hosts at Lucky Bay. The lease for the 100,686 hectare was taken up in 1924 however due to difficulty in establishing sufficient water points it was always marginal pastoral country and was only partially developed around 30% to run sheep.  It is amazing to us how much effort was put into this station considering the doubtful water supply.  Still on the site are numerous buildings and infrastructure such as shearing sheds and dips for the sheep as well as shearers quarters and various outbuildings.  There are also a number of vehicles in various states of decay and even a grave for ‘man’s best friend’.  The Park is available for people to stay in the quarters or camp but we only stayed for lunch and drove on to Menzies.

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