Top Trail:  Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Goldfields


The 965 km Golden Quest Discovery Trail is suitable for 2WD vehicles and runs through Western Australia’s Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This true adventure drive explores the 1890’s goldrush region to witness classic pubs, remnants of vibrant communities, deserted and reinvigorated mining spots, hotels that were once the centre of thriving populations and interesting natural landscapes.

About the Trail

The trail takes you to to 25 interpreted sites highlighting the 1890’s goldrush region, classic pubs, outback ghost towns and changing natural Landscapes including nature reserves and campsites.

Be surprised by Niagara Dam, a man made lake built for water supply and now a pleasant spot for a picnic or overnight camp.  Tour the old prosperous town of Kookynie, which has a pub well worth the stop as well as the old camps in the town of Gwalia, near Leonora, where the 31st US President, Herbert Hoover, lived and worked. Gwalia, now a ghost town, has a fascinating museum and historical house.

Visit Lake Ballard, a vast salt lake where 51 sculptured metal ’people’ stand scattered over the landscape. Be amazed by the Explorers Hall of Fame in Laverton which retraces the journey's of the early pioneers such as Lord John Forrest, Tommy Windich and Leichhardt.

A definite advantage if considering the self drive adventure is the comprehensive Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook and two audio CD's, which has detailed maps, dramatised stories, and informative and entertaining accounts on life in the Goldfields. The Guide is  available for purchase at Visitor Centres and online through the Golden Quest Trail website.

Need to Know


Visitor Centres