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                            **PEELS ON WHEELS**

                                                                     Leaders: ALASTAIR McKECHNIE & PENNY DINSDALE

This is our fun loving activities group who love to get "out & about."

Some elect to take their own facilities and others prefer provided accommodation. Either way, it's all about the socializing and exploring.                                       

                              SEE CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR DETAILS

WHERE ARE THEY GOING NEXT: Karrinyup Waters Resort. 14-18 November


September 2022

25 Probians visited Kalgoorlie for a fascinating few days experiencing life on the famous goldfields. The very moment we arrived at the Kalgoorlie station the heavens opened giving us all a good drenching on the way to our hotel!

We visited Coolgardie on the first day where we enjoyed all the amazing historic sites & displays, also enjoying an excellent morning tea at Warden Finnerty's Residence [1895] which has been restored by the National Trust. Unfortunately due to heavy rains closing all unsealed roads we were unable to visit the 2Up school. Our very accomodating bus driver showed us all the massive machinery establishments in the industrial area of Kalgoorlie. 

On day 3 we headed off on the bus to our destination at the famous ghost town of Gwalia for the afternoon, enjoying lunch on the verandah of Hoover House, so called after the American engineer Edgar Hoover who subsequently became the President of USA.  This is one of the most fascinating destination in WA. That night we stayed in the mining camp at the nearby town of Leonora.

Unfortunately the following day we were unable to go to Lake Ballard to view the Gormley Sculptures due to road closures. Our  ever accomodating driver took us out to the Niagara Dam which was built in the 1890s to service the steam trains & on to the remains of the huge township of Kookinie, where amongst the few remaining buildings stands the pub with the horse on the verandah. Unfortunately the horse had gone bush for the day. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the neat little town of Menzies before returning to Kalgoorlie. 

On the final day we enjoyed a tram ride around Kalgoorlie including a memorable visit to the magnificent Boulder Town Hall, where we were fortunate to see the famous Goatcher Curtain in all its magnificence. This is only one of the 2 still in existence in the world. Also visits to the spectacular hole of The Super Pit, the Abstract Timber Artists Gallery, and many other points of interest around this amazing historical mining city. 

The train trip up & back on The Prospector was very comfortable & certainly beats the long haul by road to visit this historic West Australian iconic city. The whole area is so full of history and there are many sad stories of the terrible hardships the early prospectors sustained walking, riding or pushing wheelbarrows through the endless scrub to try their hand at gold mining. Of course there were also stories of spectacular successes & vast wealth attained. The amount and scale of the current vast mining operations is quite mind boggling. 

I would like to sincerely thank my Peels on Wheels assistant Penny Dinsdale, who did so much to ensure the smooth running of this great expedition.

June 2022

TAUNTON FARM TRIP 20-24th June. We had 4 vans & 14 members staying at Taunton Farm for our winter sojourn to the SW. The weather was rather inclement but we were still able to enjoy pleasant evenings around the wood fire in the camp kitchen, with much fun gambling & excellent quizzes organised by Penny Dinsdale. Taunton Farm is an excellent facility located on a working farm just north of Margaret River. One of the days we all traveled in convoy to visit the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin on the most southern point of WA, where we enjoyed a coffee in the excellent tourist facility in the old light keepers house. On the way back towards Augusta a few of our group were lucky enough to see whales breaching close to the road. We also visited the magnificent new harbour facility just south of the township of Augusta. We then enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Augusta Hotel overlooking the river mouth. We all felt very lucky to see a magnificent rainbow stretching across the river just in front of us.The next day we all went to the “Beer Farm” which was just a few kilometres north of Taunton, to enjoy an excellent lunch in this quaint establishment located in an old dairy . We all enjoyed the quaint little town of Cowaramup with all its cow statues placed at strategic points in the town. Each evening we all congregated at 4pm for fun & games & later after dinner for fellowship in the huge campers kitchen alongside the dam, where all the kids were able to feed hay to a multitude of farm animals such as pigs, cows, calves and even a couple of tame camels. On our final day members all headed off in their own directions to explore the wonderful countryside & sneaked into one of the many great vineyards for a bit of sustenance. Our farewell dinner was most memorable. A young English chef who works at Woody Nook Vineyard has established a restaurant in the old church building which was relocated to Taunton Farm a few years ago. He offered to present us with a specially catered meal for our last night. It was a fabulous evening in this cosy little building & the food was excellent for a most reasonable price, with no worries about driving home! Although the weather was rather inclement for much of our stay, the facilities are so well appointed that we were all very comfortable. Thanks to Penny Dinsdale for organising all the fun & games & being such a great support to me for our first Peels on Wheels outing for this club year.   Alastair McKechnie


February 2022

Our first "Peels on Wheels" for 2022 was enjoyed by 43 members at the beautiful "Tasman Caravan park" in Yallingup.  

Our days began with a brisk walk for those willing enough to tackle the hilly tracks along the stunning coast line. Later, The group dispersed  to enjoy the many wineries, restaurants and all the wonderful scenery the area is renown for. 

Our major outing was a visit to the "Eagles Heritage Wilderness" where they specialize in the rehabilitation of injured 'Raptor' birds. The center opened up especially for us and we were treated to a fascinating display of these wonderful creatures. We had a demonstration of their natural hunting skills seeing them swooping around the trainer to catch morsels of chicken or the odd mouse. A special moment was a lengthy commentary on the the make up of the legendary "Barn Owl" (Ivy).  Those willing to get up close & personal with her were able to pose for a photograph. 

The evenings were spent with the usual games of card bingo plus left, right & center supported by the odd ale or two.

 Our last night was enjoyed at the "Caves House" restaurant for dinner and fellowship.

 As this was my last outing as the organizer of the Caravan group, I would like to thank Liz Yates for her assistance through out the year including the work she put into the quizzes etc.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who regularly attend these outings, for making them a great success.

Sue Moncaster       Group Organizer