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In September 2020, BlueSky took its inaugural trip to Kalgoorlie with 100 passengers. The trip was a massive success and guaranteed that BlueSky was here to stay!
11th September - 13th September 2020
BlueSky was excited to have Kalgoorlie as our first destination and encourage people to explore this historic outback city. Our 100 guests departed Friday the 11th of September for a weekend getaway. All profits raised went to the Rotary Club of Crawley’s service projects, ranging from youth empowerment, community relief support and global health initiatives and local charities/not-for-profits.
Guests started the trip off in style attending a pre-departure drinks event at the Cobham terminal sponsored by Cullen Wines Australia and Dingo Brewing. On boarding, the cheer continued with Cullen Wines and Dingo beers being served with a light meal.
On the Saturday, 80 of our passengers headed to Australia's largest outdoor art installation at Lake Ballard. Here they enjoyed morning tea provided by the local St John Ambulance volunteers and explored the statues. They then enjoyed lunch in the small outback town of Menzies before heading back to Kalgoorlie, stoping on the way back at the Broad Arrow Tavern where it is custom to sign the walls.
Others not heading to Lake Ballard joined the local golf competition at the Kalgoorlie golf course - rank 18th best in Australia. BlueSky passengers were given special access to take part in the competition.
Saturday evening was enjoyed by many at the BlueSky Dinner. This was a joint function with the Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie and 100 passengers and locals enjoyed a buffet meal in the 123 year old Palace Hotel to raise money for mental health research.
Sunday was spent exploring Kalgoorlie with the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder providing a complementary tram for BlueSky passengers and opening a number of cultural and historic sites exclusively for our passengers. Passengers took in the amazing Goatcher Curtain and learnt about bush tucker at the Karlkurla bushland. Many spent the last of the afternoon the Beaten Track Brewery enjoying a local beverage and fresh cooked burgers before returning back to Perth that evening.
This single BlueSky trip alone was estimated to have injected over $55,000 into the Kalgoorlie economy over the weekend. We also raised thousands for local charities and not for profits. Additionally we offset 29 tonne of C02 through GreenFleet Australia.
Demand for this first trip was so great and the response so positive that this will be an ongoing project.
GWN7's Report on the BlueSky Kalgoorlie trip.