Coolgardie Travel Guide

  • COOLGARDIE  THE GHOST TOWN
    COOLGARDIE THE GHOST TOWN
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  • AN OLD SIGN THAT I NOTICED IN A PARK
    AN OLD SIGN THAT I NOTICED IN A PARK
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  • ITS A LONG WAY TO THE SHOP IF YA WANNA ROCK N'ROLL
    ITS A LONG WAY TO THE SHOP IF YA WANNA...
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Coolgardie Things to Do

  • Cremorne Hotel

    The Cremorne Hotel was opened in 1898. It was later restored back to its original state in 2006 and has now become an art centre for the community of the Goldfields.

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  • Marvel Bar Hotel

    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...

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  • First Post Office

    The old post office was opened for business in 1895. It was designed by George Temple-Pool. The post office is also agent for the Commonwealth Bank in the town.

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  • Old Gaol

    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...

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  • Poisons in Pretty Bottles

    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.

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  • The Colours of Glass

    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...

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  • Waghorn Bottle Collection

    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.

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  • Goldrush Disputes

    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...

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  • Mining Warden's Court Building

    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.

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  • Burials in Coolgardie

    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...

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  • The Transport Room

    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.

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  • Rocks and Gems*b

    There is a room on the second floor which displays mineral rocks which have been collected from all around Western Australia and more inparticularly the Goldfields area.

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  • Hardship

    Initially there was no electricity. Water was in dire need and became more precious than the gold that was being found. The nearest shop could be a weeks walk away. The early pioneer became ingenious at making to with whatever was at hand in the bush.

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  • Life on the Fields

    Life on the fields was hard and desperate at times. Those who were lucky to find gold prospered with good times. Those that didn’t only found hardship with was coupled with sickness and eventual death.

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  • Old Wooden Organ

    This old wooden organ was brought to the goldfields by Cyril Jenkins, a Reverend, and is still in working order. He brought to give to the Methodist church.

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  • The 2nd Floor

    On the 2nd floor of the museum there are 8 rooms all with their own displays and themes. Walls are lined with photos of noteworthy residents and important events. The Museum is quite a find and well worth a visit while in Coolgardie.

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  • Divers To The Rescue

    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.

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  • The Famous Rescue

    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...

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  • The Golden Eagle Nugget

    This huge nugget was found near Coolgardie in 1931. It was given the name because its appearance resembled an eagle. It weighed over 32kg and was discovered only 45 cms below the surface.

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  • First Gold Discovered

    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.

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  • The Early Town

    Exhibits also take in the Afghan people who arrived in the area and their contribution and influence. There is a large layout of what Coolgardie used to look like in the early settlement days.

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  • Goldfields and Coolgardie Museum

    The first museum in Coolgardie was housed in the Post Office but was later moved to its present home in the Old Warden Court Building which has allowed it to take over two floors with informative displays on the goldrush times. Small Admission.

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  • Booking Centre

    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...

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  • Coolgardie Tourist Bureau

    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...

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  • Ned Kelly

    This was outside Ben Priors Open air museum, Coolgardie, Ned Kelly was a outlaw who has become part of Australian folk lore, he was killed in a battle with police at Glenrowan which is between Melbourne and Albany.

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  • Railway Hotel

    This was the sign in the window of the hotel, telling a bit about its history.You could just drive through but 15 -30 min well worth while.There were other signs on empty sections stating what had once been there.

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  • Coolgardie

    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...

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Coolgardie Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Aug 31, 2007

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    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.

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Coolgardie Warnings and Dangers

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    by DennyP Updated Dec 8, 2011

    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.

    ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED WATER ALWAYS WEAR A STRONG SUNSCREEN IN THE SUN THE SUN GOING DOWN ON A REALLY HOT DAY.. GETS REALLY HOT OUT HERE. ITS A LONG WAY TO THE SHOP IF YA WANNA ROCK N'ROLL
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