Western Australia is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to Western Australia…
Apologies to Douglas Adams. I just wanted to make the point that someone from NZ or the UK, or virtually anywhere in Europe, has no idea about how far we travel from A to B in Western Australia. It is nothing to travel two or three hundred kilometres to visit a medical specialist, even further if one lives in the north of the state.
Albany to Broome is 2,600 km. About 28 hours driving non stop.
I must drive 3 hours north or two and a half south to see a movie in a theatre. I have driven 5 hours just to attend a meeting.
Listen… My dad, when he lived in Perth, had some visitors from the UK, the daughter of an old friend, and her companion. he offered them the use of the car during their stay, but after a day or so they asked him where they could get a rental.
“Why would you want a rental?’ he asked.
“We did not want to deprive you of your car on the weekend ” was their reply. “We thought we would pop over to Sydney for the weekend”.
That is about 4,000 km one way. WA is big. The rest of Oz is even bigger.
An Aussie farmer went to NZ for a holiday. While there he spoke to a NZ dairy farmer. “How big is your farm?” he asked.
“Sixty hectares” was the reply.
The Aussie was not impressed. “You know ,” he said, ” I can get on my John Deere in the morning, drive all day, and still be only half way across my spread by evening.”
“My old Massey Ferguson is just the same.” said the Kiwi.