The Goldfields of Western Australia is known for its gold rush history and outback charm, but what's truly incredible is how so many people have a connection to this beautiful place.
People from all over Australia, and indeed, the world have ventured to the Goldfields to try their luck, hoping to find the nugget that will make them rich, which in turn, means so many people now have a connection to this rich land. Did you know you can take a journey of discovery and trace your own family roots in the Goldfields? The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society offers a unique service where you can work with one of their historians to unearth documents and information about your relatives. If you're interested in doing this, contact the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, or the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre. If you're planning a trip, the Visitor Centre team can help you package together accommodation, tours and accommodation, and a meeting with the historical society to make your trip a breeze.
There are so many historic attractions to explore, including Hannans North Tourist Mine, the WA Museum of the Goldfields, Gwalia and Kookynie, so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to a holiday here. In a wonderful juxtaposition to the historic elements, Kalgoorlie Boulder is also home to some thoroughly modern and eclectic attractions. You can tour the Super Pit, a marvel of modern mining engineering, experience the colourful HeartWalk which has added life and culture to the CBD of Kalgoorlie and experience the world's largest outdoor art installation, Lake Ballard. If you've got a connection to Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, or even just an interest in this fascinating place, why not find out more, and maybe even trace your own family history?
That's exactly what Toni Barnett did. She found some old photographs of a relative with a horse, Norseman, and wanted to find out more. Her mother had told her stories of her relatives' explorations of the Goldfields, so she was curious to know more. Watch the mini-documentary below to see what Toni uncovers, and who knows, you might be inspired to do the same!
If this has inspired you to discover the beautiful and historic Goldfields, check out these amazing travel packages using the Trans WA free Pensioner Passes. You can find out more about Kalgoorlie Boulder.