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Holland Way & Golden Quest Discovery Trail Tour Package
- Wave Rock & Hippos Yawn
- Hannans North Tourist Mine
- Goldfields Museum
- Niagara Dam
- Kookynie Living Ghost Town
- Gwalia Museum and Ghost Town
- John Aspinall Grave
- Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame
- Lake Ballard Art Installation
- Motel Accommodation
- 7 Evening Meals, 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
Western Australia Golden Outback
7 Nights Motel
4 November 2020
Departure from Perth
Single Tent Only
(MD, Motel) Travel via Pumphreys Bridge and the Dryandra Forest to Narrogin for lunch then the Tin Horse Highway through Kulin. In the afternoon we settle into the motel in Hyden. With an afternoon visit to Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn.
(FB, MD, Motel) Passing Dumbleyung we visit Donald Campbell’s replica Bluebird. Starting the Holland Way in Broomehill we discover the rich history of the John Holland Track, cut in 1893. Then we start off following the footsteps of the pioneering John Holland as we retrace the route he cut to the goldfields. You’ll pass by Nyabing and Lake Grace, with its shallow salt lake and a superb lookout. Continue through rich farmland before reaching Newdegate and Hyden.
(FB, MD, Motel) Passing through the State Barrier Fence and on to the Breakaways, McDermid Rock and past Lake Johnston along the John Holland Way. Re-joining the John Holland Track, we continue on to Victoria Rocks for a stop before arriving at Coolgardie, ‘The Mother of the Goldfields.’ Overnight in Kalgoorlie.
(CB, RD, Motel) Today we explore the historic streetscape of Kalgoorlie and its pioneering gold-rush history. A visit to Hannans North Tourist Mine, the WA Kalgoorlie Boulder Museum and the Superpit lookout overlooking the immense open cut mine. We wander town in the afternoon before dinner at one of Kalgoorlie’s many hotels.
(CB, PL, MD, Basic Motel) We begin the Golden Quest Discovery Trail with a stop at the Ghost Town of Kununalling via Siberia and Goongarrie to Menzies. Leaving the highway, we detour to Niagara Dam and the ‘Living Ghost Town’ of Kookynie and the historic Grand Hotel before continuing on to Leonora.
(CB, MD, Basic Motel) This morning we explore the restored mining town of Gwalia with the museum and historic Hoover House, built by former US President Herbert Hoover. We return to the Golden Quest Discovery Trail and visit a number of historic sites, including Mt Morgans, Hawks Nest, and John Aspinall’s Grave. Arriving in Laverton, we explore The Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame before returning to our Leonora accommodation.
(CB, PL, MD, Motel) We complete our trek along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail through the old gold mining towns of Mt Ida and Copperfield before arriving at the ‘Inside Australia’ Installation at Lake Ballard, featuring 51 sculptures by renowned English Sculpture Sir Antony Gormley. We continue south to Ularring Soak and site of Davyhurst before passing Credo Station and exploring the old station buildings. After a stop at Rowles Lagoon, an unexpected body of fresh water, we return to the sealed road via Broadarrow Hotel and complete our circuit of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail.
(CB) Following the Golden Pipeline back to Perth. The pipe provides the essential water supply to allow the Goldfields to flourish, this ambitious feat was an engineering masterpiece with tragic outcomes. We arrive back in Perth having retraced the footsteps of John Holland, the Goldfields Pioneers and the engineers that brought life-giving water of the goldfields.
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