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Golden Quest Discovery Trail

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Best enjoyed in a four wheel drive, the Golden Quest Discovery Trail unearths the riches of Western Australia’s 120-year gold rush history – from the mind-blowing buzz of one of the largest open-cut gold mines on Earth, to eerie ghost towns, seasonal wildflowers and the striking Antony Gormley statues on Lake Ballard. Commence this six day journey from Perth or Kalgoorlie and the best time to visit is from March through to November.

Perth - Kalgoorlie

Join the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail – following the path of the original pipeline that brought water to the Goldfields at the turn of the century. Stop to view the spring wildflowers. Begin the Golden Quest Discovery Trail in Coolgardie, the birthplace of the 1892 gold rush, with a rich pioneering heritage proudly presented in its architecture and museums. Pull on a hardhat for a guided tour of the Super Pit – this 1.5-kilometre hole in the ground is one of the largest open cut mines on Earth. Admire the grandeur of Kalgoorlie’s gold rush heritage architecture, and get a taste of life today in the lively pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants of Australia’s largest outback town. Play a hole on the world’s longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links.

Menzies - Lake Ballard

Pass the ghost town of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Goongarri to reach the historic gold mining town of Menzies. View one of the largest and most remarkable outdoor galleries on Earth at Lake Ballard, where 51 Antony Gormley sculptures stand against the stark white salt bed.

Menzies - Kookynie - Leonora - Gwalia

Explore the ruins of Kookynie’s industrious past. Explore the historic gold rush precinct of Gwalia, including the museum and historic Hoover House – once home to the former American President, Herbert Hoover.

Laverton - Kalgoorlie - Perth

Pass the old nickel mines of Murrin Murrin and Windarra and the sites of Hawks Nest, Mount Morgans and Old Rail Bridges. Follow the golden pipeline from Kalgoorlie back to its source in the Perth Hills.


This top drive was provided by Tourism Western Australia.


View of the Outback

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