This ornate old building was once the Marvel Bar Hotel. This hotel was popular for many reasons. It supplied good cheap meals and the owners were also sympathetic to those miners down on their luck and provided a free meal to help them out. It seems no one was turned away. The Marbel Bar remained a hotel until 1927. This piece of marble is all that...more
Within the old Gaol you will find the Pharmacy Museum which houses quite a selection of medicines and memorabilia from the 18th and 19th Century. It is apparently the one of the best historical displays of phamaceutical ware in Australia. Open 7.30am to 4.00pm with a small admission fee.There is a tree on Hunt St known as the Gaol Tree. It now has...more
Poisons were usually stored in bright coloured bottles which were also more expensive, to prove as a warning. I was really surprised to see a tiny wee perfume bottle that I still have that was given to me as a little girl by an older relative. Mine still contains perfume which I believe was called Evening in Paris.more
The glass was made from sand, soda and lime and the colours came from the iron oxides in the sand which gave the aqua coloured or green look. The clear coloured bottles were not common until about 1880 when the aqua could be iliminated by adding manganese or selenium. The amethyst shades come from the clear bottles with high manganese content after...more
Within the old courtroom is an impressive bottle display which have been collected from all around Australia. There are bottles of every shape and size and colour. This collection was donated by May and Frank Waghorn. They unwittingly began collecting in 1954 and continued from there. Some of the bottles date back from 300BC.more
The actual courtroom was always in use between 1878 and 1971 mostly to sort out and settle mining disputes and issues. The old gavel still sits on the judges bench.Yes there is the ghost rumour as well. There have been experiences and stories reported. This old goldrush town is reported to be one of the best known ghost towns not only in Australia...more
The 3 storey court building was built in 1898 and was the largest building, outside of Perth, in Western Australia. It was constructed of pink stone. Today the court building is mostly a museum and within the rooms are various displays which portray the life and experiences during the goldrush era of the 1890’s.more
There were some 1108 burials in Coolgardie between 1894 and 1899. Out of the first 32 that were buried, only 15 names were known. A lot died nameless with no one to mourn them and no one took the time away from finding gold to be bothered to find out who they were. There were as many as 7 burials a day and most of the unknowns wer eburied in the...more
This room shows a brief overview of the changes in transport during the goldrush boom. There is a mock-up of a Smithy where you can see some of the tools which the local blacksmith used. The iron was made red hot and fashioned to the desired requirement on the blacksmiths anvil to shoe horses and donkeys.more
To get Varishetti out, they had to go down a maze of tunnels and slowly pump out the water while divers took down supplies to keep him fed and alive. A darkened room tells of a day by day account of the efforts and the mood of the town at the time. For its time it was quite a remarkable rescue and even spread to capture world attention.more
On the lower floor is the story of 'Charlie' Varishetti and his rescue. This display is particularly well done and really gets you in the mood of the time when all the drama was going on. Modesto Varischetti was a miner who was trapped underground in an air pocket after a sudden rain storm for 9 days and was totally surrounded by water and...more
Gold was first discovered near to Coolgardie at Fly Flat in 1892. William Ford and Arthur Bayley were the prospectors who made the claim of 5554 oz’s which was quite a hefty amount of money at the time. This eventuated in 20 acres of land being offered to to Bayley which ended up being very profitable. Fly Flat is now known as Bayleys Reward site.more
The Visitors Centre has the usual souveniers and memorabilia found throughout this mining region. They will be able to provide you with a guide and map showing all the attractions as well as other services and accommodation. They centre can also book any rail or bus requirements to both Perth and towns and cities in the Eastern States. The centre...more
You will find the visitors centre within the Wardens Court Building. The lady in there on a miserably wet day was very informative and helpful. It was amazing to hear that she had actually come from a small NZ town and was now living in this small Australian goldmining town. She offered some really great information on the towns history and its...more
Lots of empty sites and signs where different buildings had been located, this was one where the old hotel was still standing.It was originally a bulk store and into a hotel aprox. 1900.16 more rooms were added in 1930, Licence was not renewed in 1965 and the buiding was put up for auction, no sale was made.You can go Camel Riding which I did not...more
Coolgardie is around 557kms from Perth. The nearest airport is Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Both Qantas and Skywest operate flights there and Goldenlines run buses between Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.
Greyhound Pioneer buses travel through Coolgardie from Perth. If you want to travel by train then the Westrail Prospector runs from Perth through to Kalgoorlie.
WATER Whenever you are out and about in outback Australia..ALWAYS make sure that you are carrying sufficient bottled fresh water..The temperatures out here can be extreme and exposure to the heat can cause rapid fluid loss. In most cases in the bush there is no water !!! Make sure that you are always replacing your lost fluid. The heat can "creep up" on you quickly if you are out in the hot sun with little shade. Also..Always wear a wide brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses.