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Trails of discovery
Don’t restrict your visit to the city.
Winter/spring is the time to hit
the Golden Outback tour trails and
historic sites stretching to iconic
Wave Rock, taking in towns such
as Norseman, Southern Cross and
Leonora, where you can stay in
Hoover House, built by former
US President Herbert Hoover,
regarded as one of the best bed and
breakfasts in Australia. Here are a
few tours of note, but remember
this is wild, untamed red-dirt
country. Pre-planning for things
like water and fuel is essential, and
always consult local authorities for
reports of prevailing conditions.
Lake Ballard Sculptures Tour | Take
an air-conditioned safari truck
through the Goldfields bush to
Lake Ballard, where you’ll find 51
iron sculptures on the salt lake.
This incongruous collection derives
from the 2003 Perth International
Arts Festival, and has gone on to
become a national treasure.
The Granite and Woodlands
Discovery Trail | This self-drive
tour loops 300km from Norseman
to Hyden and Wave Rock, passing
through one of the world’s most
impressive untouched temperate
woodlands. The trail is mostly
on gravel roads, but is certainly
good enough for most vehicles.
There are a number of campsites
where you can stay on route, but
you should check with local shire
councils for road and weather
The Golden Quest Discovery
Trail | A 965km self-drive
adventure, from Kalgoorlie-
Boulder and Coolgardie to
Leonora and Laverton, via
Menzies and Kookynie. There are
25 sites of historical and cultural
significance on route. Visit
The Green Trail | A new winter/
spring specialty. This tour links
important areas rich in history
and environmental significance.
Native flora is on show during
the August to November season,
best explored at Kambalda
and Red Hill, the Cave Hill and
Victoria Rock nature reserves, and
Rowles Lagoon and Burra Rock
Conservation Parks. This new trail
is a nature lover’s dream.
Contact Kalgoorlie Goldfields
Visitor Centre for an extensive list
of guided, walking and self-drive
Antony Gormley’s sculptures at Lake Ballard (Photography Tourism WA).
Kalgoorlie Super Pit January 6 10-057
(Photography Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines).
Located on the famous Golden Mile, and surprisingly close to Kalgoorlie
town centre, the Super Pit is the biggest open-pit gold mine in the
country. Producing up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year, and with
750 personnel on site, its operation far outweighs any other mining
centre in Australia.
Currently the Super Pit is approximately 3.5km long, 1.5km wide and
370m deep. This means the bottom of the Super Pit is below sea level. It is
also as deep as Ayres Rock is high and has about the same circumference!
The public lookout is open 7am to 9pm daily and allows you to take a look
at this enormous mining operation in action. Blasting occurs regularly,
and while advance notice is given where possible, for the most up-to-
date information, telephone the public inquiry line on (08) 9022 1100, or
contact the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre on (08) 9021 1966. Don’t
forget to visit the Super Pit Shop, located at 2 Burt Street, Boulder.
THE SUPER PIT
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