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PERTH AND SURROUNDS
Explore the Super P it
Visit one of the old miners’
ghost t owns
Walk vibrant Hannan Street
Dip in Wester n Australia’s
largest indoor pool
P lay Two-up in a pub
Pr ospect for gold
Take in the views from
Begin your Goldfields adventure with a visit to the WA Museum of Kalgoorlie
Boulder and the Mining Hall of Fame, to learn about WA’s extraordinary pioneering
past. Take the Kalgoorlie Heritage Trail, which brings to life all the action
encompassing 38 different sites. Miners’ monuments are dotted across the town,
and you can visit the historic miners’ ghost towns nearby.
Winter and spring are the times to hit the Golden Outback tour trails that stretch
to the iconic Wave Rock. Check out the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail,
the Golden Quest Discovery Trail and the Green Trail, which links areas of
historical and environmental significance. Remember this is wild, untamed red-dirt
country, so planning is essential.
The art deco Palace Theatre in Kalgoorlie has been gutted and transformed into a
recreation centre with roller-skating, roller derby, children’s parties and cinema hire
available. The children will also enjoy panning for gold – particularly during Rock
Week in August – and seeing the kangaroos, emus and peacocks at Hammond Park.
The epic Kalgoorlie Race Round has become an institution in the Goldfields,
and every year in September, thousands head trackside for one of the biggest
and best parties. The two main races of the round are the Hannans Handicap
and the Kalgoorlie Cup, the former running a fashions-of-the-field competition and
CHECK OUT THE LAKE BALLARD SCULPTURES In 2003, the Perth
International Arts Festival commissioned internationally acclaimed
British artist Antony Gormley to produce Inside Australia, a series of
51 metal figures which were dotted across 7sqkm of encrusted salt
bed at Lake Ballard.
The sculptures travelled 780km from the foundry in Perth to the site
on Lake Ballard (which is 180km from Kalgoorlie via Menzies), taking a
team of 18 volunteers four days to install. Each of the figures, both male
and female, are the result of 3D laser scans Gormley made of the local
Menzies residents, to whom he refers as ‘insiders’.
A visit to Lake Ballard to view Gormley’s extraordinary work is for
many visitors the highlight of their Goldfields experience. The site offers
camping and barbecue facilities (you must bring own wood) and is also
a breeding habitat for thousands of water birds.
One of the Antony Gormley scupltures at Lake Ballard (Photography Dan Paris).
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