The Golden Quest Discovery Trail – Weekly Trip

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Australia’s rugged and rich history calls your customers to hear its secrets and witness its vibrant colors.

Plan their dream road trip through the gold fields of Western Australia and immerse them in 125 years of gold rush history along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail.

Passing through Kalgoorlie, Menzies and Laverton, the trail is a true outback adventure exploring gold rush legends, landmarks and bizarre ghost towns of what remains one of the greatest gold producing regions in the world.

Best enjoyed in a four-wheel drive vehicle, the trail will take them from the buzz of one of the world’s largest open-pit gold mines to the striking beauty of Antony Gormley statues on Ballard Lake.

The trip can be enjoyed all year round however, between August and October, after good winter rains, the landscapes of the wheat belt and gold fields will present one of the greatest displays of wildflowers. on earth.

Day 1: Perth to Kalgoorlie (592kms)

The journey east from Perth is approximately six and a half hours, uninterrupted, and joins the path of the original water pipeline that brought the most valuable resource from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields at the start of the century.

Known as the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, there are many historical points of interest, interpretive signs, and walking trails along the way.

The best way to see it all is to spend the night in a country town or on a farm, or head straight to the start of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Coolgardie.

Just 30 minutes west of Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie is the birthplace of the 1892 Gold Rush, with a rich pioneer heritage proudly displayed in its architecture and museums.

Day two: Kalgoorlie and the Super Pit

Set aside a full day for your clients to experience all the riches that Australia’s largest hinterland city has to offer, starting with a stroll down Hannan Street for an introduction to Kalgoorlie architecture at the era of the gold rush.

the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Museum of Western Australia tells prospectors stories of hardships in their search for riches and features the largest exhibit of WA’s gold bullion and nugget collection.

Customers can also visit one of the largest surface mines in the world – the Super Pit. Part of the historic Golden Mile, the Modern Day Pit is a colossal pit 3.5 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, producing 900,000 ounces of gold each year.

I recommend them to hike up Mt Charlotte for one of Australia’s best Outback sunsets.

The city has a wide choice of accommodation styles, from colonial hotels to tourist parks.

Day three: from Kalgoorlie to Menzies and Lake Ballard (180kms)

The trail passes through the “ghost town” of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Goongarri to reach the historic mining town of Menzies.

Here your clients can stop for lunch at the Menzies Hotel before heading northwest on an unpaved road to Ballard Lake where they will find 51 Antony Gormley sculptures against the 10 square kilometer bed of salt to create one of the most remarkable outdoor galleries on the planet, Inside Australia.

Day 4: Menzies to Kookynie, Leonora and Gwalia (162kms)

Next stop is the eerie ghost town of Kookynie, where they can explore the ruins of its industrious past and enjoy Goldfields hospitality in its backcountry pub.

Then they can travel to the charming town of Leonora to admire its beautifully restored main street, with its old log cabins and grand hotels before taking the unpaved road to the historic gold rush district of Gwalia. .

Once the home of former US President Herbert Hoover, who ran the local mine, Gwalia is home to the historic Hoover House and the Gwalia Historical Museum.

Guests can even stay overnight at Hoover House or return to Leonora where they have a choice of hotels, motels, backpackers, and trailer parks.

Day 5: Leonora and Laverton to Kalgoorlie (483kms)

The sealed and unsealed loop trail northeast of Leonora winds past the old nickel mines of Murrin Murrin and Windarra to Laverton and visits the sites of Hawks Nest, Mt Morgans and Old Rail Bridges on the return trail to Leonora.

From here guests can head south towards Kalgoorlie or extend their adventure by following the loop west of Leonora through stunning backcountry landscapes dotted with kangaroos and other native wildlife. and camping under a starry night sky.

Guests can put a full stop on their road trip by soaking up a chill on the large veranda of a grand old hotel in Kalgoorlie.

Day 6: Kalgoorlie to Perth (592kms)

Those lucky enough to visit during the wildflower season (mid-July to late October) should head north to Karlkurla Bushland Park for a morning stroll.

An interpretive walking trail provides an excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of the Goldfields.

For golf enthusiasts, the best way to start the morning is to play a few holes on the longest golf course in the world – the Nullarbor Links – from Kalgoorlie Golf Club.

The return trip to Perth takes approximately six and a half hours. Depending on your departure time from Kalgoorlie, you may want to plan a lunch or an overnight stay at Coolgardie, Southern Cross or Merredin.



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