I’ve lived in a lot of places, but I can’t think of anywhere friendlier upon arrival than Kalgoorlie.
I think the transient nature of the population means that everyone has empathy for newcomers. They’ve been there and done that themselves, so they know what it’s like.
Rural towns are sometimes wary of new residents. Tourist towns can be superficial in their friendliness. Here, I feel it’s genuine.
The city itself has tremendous character. There are historical buildings and long, wide streets with a surprising amount of greenery and vegetation considering the climate.
The heat is to be expected and I have no complaints in that regard.
The newspaper office is an absolute gem; a traditional rabbit warren in the centre of Hannan Street (albeit three storeys) where you can breathe and sense the history.
Tomorrow I move into our new home, which is in a quiet court near the golf course. I’ll describe it more later.