via, Coolgardie, Coolgardie, 6429
The Golden Quest Discovery Drive Trail runs 965 kilometres through Western Australia's Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This moderate Top Trail is a true adventure drive which commences approximately seven hours drive east of Perth and travels to 25 interpreted sites highlighting the 1890s gold rush 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 old camps in the town of Gwalia, near Leonora, where the 31st United States 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 journeys of the early pioneers such as Lord John Forrest, Tommy Windich and Leichhardt.
Buy The Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook
The comprehensive 164 page Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook can be purchased from Visitor Centres around the Goldfields or from www.goldenquesttrail.com
The trail commences in Coolgardie, and finishes in Kalgoorlie, with access anywhere along the trail.
This trail is a multiple day self drive trail over bitumen and unsealed roads and takes approximately 3 to 4 days to complete. Approximately 525 kilometres of the 965 kilometre trail is on unsealed roads so extra caution is advised and depending on weather, only passable in a four wheel drive.
Vehicles should be suitable and well prepared (with enough fuel to last 500 kilometres if journey on the unsealed western leg of the trail between Leonora and Coolgardie). Extra supplies of fuel, water and a comprehensive selection of spares and tools should be carried. Food, fuel and accommodation are available at stops and businesses along the trail at the five population centres.