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Goldfields-Esperance Region

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Goldfields-Esperance Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Coolgardie
• Esperance
• Kalgoorlie
• Kambalda
• Laverton
• Leonora
• Menzies
• Norseman
• Ravensthorpe
Other towns, villages and localities in the Goldfields-Esperance Region include:
• Dundas • Eucla • Warburton
In 1887 gold was discovered at Southern Cross, and 5 years later in the nearby sites of Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Norseman.

Three Irish prospectors first discovered gold in the place now known as Kalgoorlie. Patrick Hannan, Tom Flanagan and Daniel Shea were forced by chance to make camp overnight in the area, and discovered the first gold in the rich deposit known as ‘The Golden Mile’. An enormous goldrush followed, drawing people from around the country and around the world. Living conditions at that time and that place were poor, with typhoid and dysentery epidemics being common.

Today, you can tour the Super Pit, Australia’s biggest open cut mine. With stats of more than 260 metres deep, 2 kilometres wide and 4 kilometres in length, the Superpit is one of the only man-made structures in the world that can be seen from space.

Over 100 years later, conditions have improved considerably and gold production is still expanding. With the explosion of population in that semi-arid area with little or no infrastructure to support it, water soon became difficult to obtain and an expensive resource to buy. Thanks to the genius of the Engineer in Chief C. Y. O’Connor, an ambitious water pipeline was commissioned and in 1903 was opened. It is estimated that since the pipeline was opened, well over 100 billion gallons of water has been piped from Perth to the Goldfields. It was an engineering wonder for its time.

Located in the south-eastern corner of Western Australia, the Goldfields-Esperance region is bound geographically by the Little Sandy Desert and Gibson Desert to the north, the Wheatbelt region to the west, the Great Australia Bight to the south and the South Australian and Northern Territory borders to the east. The region incorporates nine local government areas: the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku, and Ravensthorpe. This is the largest region in WA and covers a region over three times the size of the state of Victoria.

Source: Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

Check out our listing of Goldfields-Esperance accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre

Esperance Visitor Centre

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Goldfields-Esperance Region Attractions

The Western Australian MuseumThe Western Australian Museum
• Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Hannan St, KALGOORLIE WA 6430 • Ph: +61 8 9021 8533
• History of the Kalgoorlie region; historic buildings, mine.
Gold Prospecting and Fossicking
• The opportunity for gold prospecting and fossicking in Australia's outback region draws people from far and wide. Many tourist like to fossick as part or the entire reason for the holiday.

To prospect in Western Australia, you are required to get a Miner's Right for each person in your party that will be prospecting. This gives you the authorisation to prospect on:
  • Unoccupied crown land that is not covered by a granted mining tenement.
  • A pastoral lease that is not covered by a granted mining tenement – provided prior notice is given to the pastoralist.
  • A mining tenement - providing you have permission from the tenement holder.
  • A granted exploration licence, after having been granted a three-month section 20A permit.

It is important to note that gold prospecting and fossicking cannot be carried out in national parks, nature reserves, on Aboriginal land and heritage sites, within townsites or other classified areas such as cemeteries. You must seek permission from the landowner to enter private property, such as farmland.

For more information about gold prospecting and fossicking in Western Australia, contact or visit the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum website. See the Prospecting and Exploring section - Miner's Rights.

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