you consider continuing your trip towards the Goldfields, you have the
take the longer sealed road via Narembeen and Merredin. There is also an unsealed road,
rather sandy on several parts, which is much shorter and you will join the
Great Eastern Highway shortly after Southern Cross.
before reaching Coolgardie, you might visit a Camel Farm and the use
of camels in Australia is explained in a museum. Another farm you may
visit in the region is Kurrawang Emu Farm.
Coolgardie is Western Australia's most famous gold town. In 1892 the rush started
and within a couple of months, thousands of people were living in the goldfields.
Nowadays, you can only imagine what this town represented during a certain
period when seeing the old buildings. The Coolgardie Cemetery, where the grave of
Ernest Giles, a former explorer, can be seen, is worth a visit.
About a year later than in Coolgardie, Gold was discovered in Kalgoorlie by
Paddy Hannan and two other Irishmen. Within a couple of years, the town's
population grew to 30.000. Places of interest include the Museum of the Goldfields,
North Hannans Tourist Mine or buildings like Kalgoorlie and Boulder Town Halls,
some Hotels and Kalgoorlie Post Office.
may as well consider a game at the Bush Two-Up School, just about five
north of Kalgoorlie. Continuing your way to either direction will bring you to many
ghosttowns and some interesting grave sites.
Balagundi, Kanowna or Kununalling may be visited, but little remains of what
these towns used to be. Consider as well a visit to Ora Banda Historic Inn,
a hotel which has been restored to its original 1911 look.
Another spot not to miss while in the region is the Golden Mile Super Pit,
an open cut mine being part of the original Gold Mile, the richest square mile
of gold bearing earth ever discovered. The result of the Super Pit is estimated to be
a hole with a length of 5 Kms, 2 Kms wide and some 500 meters deep when fully excavated.
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