Outback Goldfields – Lake Ballard

Sun 16 to Fri 21 June 2019 (6 days)
$1,830 (Seniors $1,680) S/Supp $350

This tour follows the footprints of some of our early pioneers, exploring the goldfields and surrounding areas.

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Day 1

Departing Perth, we travel to the Cunderdin Pumping Station. Time here for morning tea, before continuing to Southern Cross for lunch, and later onto Coolgardie, where we stop for a break before arriving at Kalgoorlie and our accommodation. (D)

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Day 2

Today we visit the outback town of Broad Arrow, once a thriving gold town, but now almost a ghost town.  We also take in the two-up ring on the way, then head to Menzies, now famous for the Antony Gormley Lake Ballard statues, which we visit. We enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Ballard before travelling back to Kalgoorlie for the night. (B,L,D)

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Day 3

Today we explore the towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder, starting the day with a very interesting mine tour of the ‘Super Pit”, operated by KCGM. We visit the Loop Line Museum, the Boulder Town Hall to view the Goatcher Curtain, and later the West Australian Museum and Goldfields War Museum. In the afternoon we visit the lovely Hammond Park with its tranquil parklands, and haven for birdlife, Kangaroos and emus. (B,D)

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Day 4

Another day exploring the Goldfields areas, starting with Coolgardie.  Although Coolgardie is now known to most Western Australians as a tourist town and a mining ‘ghost town’, it was once the third largest town in WA. Coolgardie was the first settlement of the WA Goldfields and bears the name ‘Mother of the Goldfields’. Many historic buildings remain today. Later it’s back to Boulder for a tour of the “Royal Flying Doctors Centre” at the airport. In the afternoon we arrive at the “Hannans North Tourist Mine” for a look back in time.  It is also home to the Chinese Gardens of Kalgoorlie. (B,D)

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Day 5

We continue our journey to Norseman, a prosperous mining town with 5 million ounces of gold extracted from the area.  We travel via Kambalda and Lake Lefroy (which is ephemeral and rarely contains any water. It is a clay pan covered with a crust of salt that supports little vegetation), having morning tea at the lake and then stopping for lunch at Norseman before taking the back road to Hyden, our evening stop (B,D)

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Day 6

We start the morning with a visit to “Mulka’s Cave to view Aboriginal paintings and learn about the legend of the area. The name Mulka comes from an Aboriginal legend associated with the cave. Mulka was the illegal son of a woman who fell in love with a man with whom marriage was forbidden according to their law. Then onto Wave Rock and Hippo’s Yawn. Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The “wave” is about 14 m high and around 110 m long. Later we head home through Kondinin and Corrigin with an afternoon stop at Brookton, before arriving in Perth in the afternoon. (B)

Cunderdin Pumping Station

Bush two-up

Lake Ballard / Antony Gormley statues

 RFDS Centre

 Super Pit mine tour

 Loopline Railway Museum

Boulder Town Hall and Goatcher Curtain

Kalgoorlie – Boulder Museum

Coolgardie

 Hannan’s North Tourist Mine

Goldfields War Museum

 Lake Lefroy

Wave Rock

Mulka’s Cave

Motel accommodation

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Phone: 1300 662 026

Email: info@aussieredbacktours.com.au

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