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Lake Ballard Day Tour

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Bush Ghoodhu Wongutha Tours

Come and enjoy an outback discovery tour to Lake Ballard with Linden Brownley from Bush Ghoodhu Wongutha Tours. Listen to stories of the Dreamtime, visit sites of significance and see first-hand some of the bush tucker that the Kalgoorlie Goldfields has to offer. At Lake Ballard see the striking Gormley Sculptures, a display of stark black steel sculptures scattered across seven square kilometres of the vast, flat salt lake.

Take an informative bush walk where you will learn how to recognise the tracks of local wildlife including kangaroos, emus, goanna or dingoes. Stop to gather bush tucker and learn about medicine plants and their traditional uses. Some of these ancient medicine plants are today used in modern medicines and pharmaceuticals. Your guide will share with you the Wongutha names of places, animals and plants. Lunch, bush damper and billy tea included.

Insights into your experience

Your local Wongutha guide Linden will meet you at 8:30am at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre before you adventure to Lake Ballard. Travel in the Bush Ghoodhu 4WD or the comfort of your own vehicle in a tag-a-long option. Lake Ballard is approximately one and a half hours drive north of Kalgoorlie.

On the way to Lake Ballard, visit the town of Menzies on the way which was once a thriving gold mining town in the 1890's and has an interesting history. Along the way you will visit culturally significant places and hear the ancient Dreaming Stories that are connected to them. You will learn bush survival knowledge like what is ‘Gnamma’ and why they were so important to Aboriginal people.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at Lake Ballard see the striking Gormley Sculptures, a display of stark black steel sculptures scattered across seven square kilometres of the vast, flat salt lake. As you approach, the sculptures appear ghostlike on the horizon, shimmering like mirages in the heat.

During the two hours at Lake Ballard you will learn about traditional tools and hunting weapons, even getting hands on with a spear throwing and boomerang throwing demonstration.

Take an informative bush walk where you will learn how to recognise the tracks of local wildlife including kangaroos, emus, goanna or dingoes. Stop to gather bush tucker and learn about medicine plants and their traditional uses. Some of these ancient medicine plants are today used in modern medicines and pharmaceuticals. Your guide will share with you the Wongutha names of places, animals and plants.

Before heading back you’ll get the chance to enjoy lunch and some authentic bush damper and billy tea.

Depart Lake Ballard at approximately 2:00pm for arrival back in Kalgoorlie around 4:00pm.

Inclusions

Aboriginal guide
Lunch
Tea and coffee

You should bring

Camera
Hat
Snacks
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Walking shoes
Water bottle

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Things to know

Tours run every second Friday and Saturday or on demand. Maximum 8 people per tour unless you’re a tagalong guest which means you’ll be joining the tour in the comfort of your own vehicle (4WD preferred).

What’s included:

  • Aboriginal Guide
  • Lunch, bush damper and billy tea
  • Hotel pick up and drop off by arrangement
  • Tagalong in own 4WD option available

What to Expect
A one and a half hour drive to Lake Ballard where we will visit several sites along the way including the town of Menzies. Toilet breaks along the way are at the town of Menzies and Lake Ballard.
Tour departs Kalgoorlie at 8:30am and arrive back around 4:00pm. Total time spent at Lake Ballard is approximately 2 hours with stops along the way to break up the drive with stories and sites and at the town of Menzies.

What to Bring
We’ll be driving out to Lake Ballard and taking a short walk in the dried salt lake which can be muddy at times. Make sure you have some drinking water, hat, some sun protection, or appropriate warm clothing, closed in (old) footwear, a camera and a sense of adventure! You may wish to bring some light snacks.

Corporate and Private Group Bookings available by enquiry.


Meeting point

Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre, 316 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie. Please arrive 10 mins prior to departure time and wait at the front of the Visitor Centre.

Location

Lake Ballard, near Menzies.

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