Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

At a Glance


WHAT’S ON Coolgardie Rodeo and Ute Muster — 18-20 Aug 2023 Coolgardie Day — Sunday 17 Sept 2023 TOPATTRACTIONS Goldfields Exhibition Museum / Warden Finnerty’s Residence / Ben Prior Park / Cave Hill / Lake Lefroy WILDFLOWERS TO DISCOVER Mulla Mulla / Hop Bush / Eremophila / Ruby Dock COOLGARDIE VISITOR CENTRE 62 Bayley St (Warden’s Court Building), Coolgardie (08) 9026 6090

Goldfields Exhibition Museum

COOLGARDIE 557km east of Perth

Warden Finnerty’s Residence Built by the Bunnings Warehouse brothers in 1895, Warden Finnerty’s is a beautiful old house constructed of local stone for Coolgardie’s first Mining Warden and Resident Magistrate, John Michael Finnerty. During a visit here walk through the rooms containing lovely antique furnishings and chinaware which capture the feel of life in the 1890’s. Enjoy a Devonshire tea from the verandah overlooking the Coolgardie townsite. KAMBALDA 651km east of Perth Visit Australia’s first nickel township originally established in 1897 as a gold mining town during the gold rush frenzy. Virtually deserted by 1908, the town came alive again during the 1960s with the discovery of one of the world’s largest nickel sulphide deposits and the opening of Australia’s Golden Outback’s first nickel mine known as St Ives. Discover some of the top things to do while in Kambalda… Kambalda Memorial Garden A memorial dedicated to the men who lost their lives whilst working on mines around Kambalda, as well as the hundreds of men who died from illnesses attributed to mining. Red Hill Lookout Visit Red Hill which overlooks Lake Lefroy and active mining operations. The bush trails take you around the hill, showcasing some mining history and rare flora and fauna.

S pend time in the footsteps of early goldfields pioneers as you explore the dramatic and rich history of Coolgardie “Mother of the Goldfields”. A kaleidoscope of history-making events highlights how the discovery of gold in 1892 led to the creation of a ramshackle tent city, before it went on to become the third largest city in Western Australia, servicing a population of 25,000 residents and 700 mining companies. Experience some of Coolgardie’s main attractions during your stay… Lions Lookout Offering spectacular panoramic views to the east of Coolgardie, as seen by Arthur Bayley and William Ford when they arrived here in 1892 and discovered gold. Historic Cemeteries History is etched into the headstones of the Pioneer and Coolgardie Cemeteries. Among these headstones you will find John Holland and his wife, explorer Ernest Giles, and Bertha Finnerty, wife of the first Magistrate and Warden of the goldfields. Goldfields Exhibition Museum This museum is housed in the historic Warden’s Court Building (built 1898). Each room features fascinating displays of the dramatic and often tragic stories of life in and around Coolgardie during the gold rush days. Here you will also find the Varischetti mine rescue story, the famous Waghorn bottle collection and an extensive pharmacy display.

Lake Lefroy, Kambalda

Red Hill Pioneer Cemetery Here you will find only a handful of graves of the early pioneers of Kambalda that give a glimpse into the early history of the town. Nullarbor Links The world’s longest golf course! Play the par 3, Hole 15 Golden Eagle in Widgiemooltha and the par 4, Hole 16 Silver Lake in Kambalda.

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