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About Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Goldfields
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.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
3 - 5 days
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
Additional Useful ItemsComprehensive guidebook and audio CDs available
Coolgardie, 560km (7 hours) east of Perth
Hazards & WarningsRoads may be closed after heavy rain. Check conditions before travelling
FacilitiesFacilities vary along the trail
- BBQ Facilities
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Air, rail or bus to Kalgoorlie. Road – 4WD recommended
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