Drive yourself wild with the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. A true Australian outback adventure. Purchase the Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook to plan your itinerary, and along the way, discover ghost towns, explore rugged landscapes, meet local characters and visit the famous Antony Gormley sculptures.
Day 1: Coolgardie – Kookynie (350 kilometres/4 hours)
Your adventure begins in Coolgardie, the start of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Visit the town’s gold rush museums before heading north east along the trail, passing through Ora Banda and Goongarrie to Menzies. Stop for lunch at the Menzies hotel, then drive to Lake Ballard and the remarkable Antony Gormley sculptures. Continue north, stopping at Niagara Dam before arriving in Kookynie, where you can try your hand at fossicking for gold.
Accommodation options: Hotel or caravan park.
Day 2: Kookynie – Leonora (67 kilometres/1 hour)
Before departing Kookynie, spend some time checking out the artworks on display at Old Miners’ Cottage Craft. For a real adventure, take the unsealed road to Leonora and the gold rush ghost town of Gwalia. Visit Gwalia Museum and the site of historic Hoover House, once home to the former American President, Herbert Hoover, who managed the local mine.
Accommodation options: Stay overnight at Hoover House, or continue the journey to Leonora where there are hotels, motels and backpacker accommodation.
Day 3: Leonora – Kalgoorlie-Boulder (235 kilometres/2.5 hours)
Take the western trail through stunning outback landscapes and seasonal wildflowers to the mining hub of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. After a day on the road enjoy a cold drink on the wide verandah of one of the many hotels in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Accommodation options: Hotels, resorts, motels, backpacker lodges and caravan parks.
To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at Travel times and distances, Road safety and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback.