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    LOOP-LINE PARK

    by balhannah Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Located in-front of the old Railway station where the Loop-line Museum is located, is the very nice Loopline Park. Completely lawned with shade trees, it was here we enjoyed a Bakery lunch.
    Children were playing in a great playground that is completely fenced for safety, there is a lovely rotunda which is used on Boulder Market Days and free BBQ facilities.
    In the centre of the park is a War Memorial remembering those who lost their lives in the different wars.

    War Memorial War Memorial Loopline Park rotunda
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    LARGEST OPEN PIT MINE IN AUSTRALIA - SUPER PIT

    by balhannah Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    If the view of the Super Pit doesn't make you say wow! then I don't know what will!

    SOME FACTS

    The Super Pit is owned by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines - Located on the famous Golden Mile produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year.
    The Super Pit is the biggest gold open pit mine in the country and the fourth in the world to have produced more than 50 million ounces of gold.
    Mining is carried out 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year in the Open Pit.
    So big it can be seen from Outer Space
    220,000 tonnes of rock is shattered and then lifted out of the pit each day and ore and rubble alike are transported to the surface by 31 CAT 793 haul trucks.
    The drivers work shifts of 12 hours and will average 14-16 trips..
    One in every 6th truck transports the equivalent of a golf ball in gold.
    An average of $4 million worth of gold is extracted each day.
    Trucks use $8 million worth of fuel each year, need $3 million worth of tyres and costs $2.5 million to service.
    Salt water from deep underground is sprayed on the haul tracks to keep the dust down. As a result, within about 7 years, each truck has succumbed to rust.
    Extracted gold is taken to Perth Mint under armed guard where it is separated from silver and copper that make up a small proportion of its mass. The end result is 24-carat gold used in jewellery, machine parts, and surgical and dental procedures.

    We had seen photos of this Gold Mine and knew this was one sight we MUST SEE!
    A dirt road led up to the lookout where there was a huge Free carpark. A 6 foot high fence surrounded the mine, still it was easy to peer through the fence and poke the camera through. A few photos here, then I walked to the shelter shed which was full of information boards describing the Super Pit from the start to the present. Here, more excellent views! The Super pit was so deep that we couldn't see the bottom! I just loved watching the big Cat 793 trucks slowing winding their way up and down the roads in the super pit. They didn't look very big from where I was standing, but I knew just how big they were!

    The completed size of the Super Pit will be 3.6 kms long, 1.6kms wide, and reach a depth of more than 600 metres. This brings the depth to below sea level at the bottom of the Super Pit.

    The public lookout is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm daily
    Blasting occurs regularly, which can be viewed from the lookout.
    For up to date information telephone the public enquiry line on (08) 9022 1100 or contact Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold on (08) 9021 1966.

    Super Pit tours are run by http://www.kalgoorlietours.com.au/

    Each Boulder Market Day, KCGM runs one hour tours of the Super Pit, departing from the Historical Society, Hamilton Street, Boulder. Boulder Market Days are on the third Sunday of every month and the Super Pit tours depart at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am and 12 noon.
    TICKETS ARE FREE ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE and are given on a first in, first served basis. Closed in shoes, long sleeves and long pants are essential.

    Goldfields Air Services offer a 10 to 20 minute flight over the Super Pit www.goldfieldsairservices.com

    GO TO THE LOOKOUT - IT'S A MUST SEE!

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - METROPOLE HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Located at no 1, the Metropole Hotel is situated on the corner of Burt Street, Boulder. This is another Hotel built in the Federation Filigree style common in the Australian pub tradition as a two-storey hotel with verandahs.
    The building has a verandah and balcony that wrap the facades and extend over the pavement.
    It was originally established as a hotel and continues to be used as a hotel.

    What is different with the Metropole Hotel is you could once watch the publican dig for gold under the bar as you drank beer - it has a glass floor.
    Interesting is about two-thirds of the way down the Super Pit, they are finding roughly hewn miners' tunnels, some dating back to the 1890s. Workers have pulled out picks, chairs and buckets from the tunnels. There are said to be 3500km of tunnels, many leading back to Boulder, where one even connects with a shaft at the Metropole Hotel!

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - BOULDER

    by balhannah Updated Oct 30, 2014

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    Once Kalgoorlie and Boulder were separate cities. Today, this is not the case as they have both grown in size so much, they have joined together.
    Today the city title is KALGOORLIE-BOULDER.

    I really like the entrance signs to the street, a new little "old style" Miner's hut with Burt Street written on it.

    Burt street, is the historic main street of Boulder, one where most of the buildings are Heritage listed. Unfortunately, quite a big earthquake hit this area in 2010 and in particular Burt Street. The old historic buildings were badly damaged, so the State Government established the $5 million Goldfields Earthquake Restoration Fund to assist owners of earthquake-damaged heritage buildings with the cost of repairs and conservation works.

    Still 4 years on, I was walking underneath builder's scaffolding on both sides of the road, finding shops with their doors still open, still operating and hoping that business goes on as usual. Even so, I found plenty of historic buildings completed and looking magnificent once again!

    Along historic Burt street, Markets are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month, these spill over to Loopline Reserve Railway Park. The Boulder markets offer local arts & crafts, displays and food stalls. The Goldfields Brass Band and Veils of Gold perform on a regular basis in the park and various other groups entertain the crowds as well.

    The markets kick off from 9:00am.

    Burt street entrance 49-51 Burt street Verandahs along Burt street
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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - ALBION HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    The Albion Hotel looked to be under restoration.

    Also a double -storey building only designed in the attractive Federation Filigree style, it has a verandah and balcony that both extend across the facade and over the pavement. This had a seen a coat of paint and was looking good!

    The building was established as a hotel in 1897 and still continues to be used as a hotel.

    I noticed the word "Parer" on the façade, this was the name of the original owner. Part has been destroyed by fire, business declined over the years, but now with new management, it's one of the premier hotels in the Goldfields.

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - THE MINER

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    One of the newer attractions is Boulder's Miner's Monument located on Burt Street. The monument was created to commemorate over 1,300 miners that have been killed since the gold rush of the 1890's. The statue depicts a miner using an air leg drill (commonly used in underground mining operations).
    I wonder how many more have lost their lives since the monument was erected?

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - AT THE CROSS - ROAD

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    Located on the corners of Lane & Burt street are some interesting heritage listed buildings.

    # 1 - All painted and looking a treat is the Commercial Bank, built on property bought in the first land sale in 1897 for £900.
    This double storey building is also built n the Federation Free Classical style. This building is different as it is built right to street level and has painted and brick façade. Once there was a verandah roof (now missing) which extended across the pavement.
    Location - 66 Burt Street, Boulder

    # 2 - Is the Telegraph Office, another double storey building built in Federation Free Classical style.
    The exterior of the building features a balustraded Italianate parapet with urns, and a recessed arcaded porch. Some windows have been over-painted and the building has been extended at the rear and along Burt Street.
    LOCATION - 68 Burt street, Boulder

    Commercial Bank Telegraph office Looking along Burt Street
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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - THE COURTHOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 30, 2014

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    The historic Courthouse is of interest as it is the work of architects working for the Public Works Department.
    Built in 1905, it's a good example of the Police court of its period. The building is built in the "free Classical style" of the period, so arhes and pediments are included.
    The main building incorporates a courtroom and associated offices constructed with blocks of stone.
    Additions were built to house the Boulder branch offices of the State Bank and Eastern Goldfields Water Supply. The building is now occupied by the Commonwealth Bank, and the courtroom and Water Supply offices now house community organisations.

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - COURT HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    Wow! The double storey Court Hotel made me stop in my tracks! This National Trust building is built in the highly decorative Federation Free Classical Style. The exterior of the building features a balustraded parapet, rock-faced stonework contrasted with red brick cornerstones and stucco work, a colonnade with a balcony above, semi-circular arch fanlights to the ground floor openings, and an entrance porch crowned with an octagonal tower with a mansard roof.
    The strongly contrasting materials, textures and colours really stand out! No wonder it's a landmark in Burt street!

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    HISTORIC BURT STREET - RECREATION HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    Once again on my walk I find more Hotels with lovely architecture.

    The Recreation Hotel was my first stop. This Hotel has recently been renovated because of damage done in the 2010 Earthquake. The building itself is over 110 years old and has been beautifully restored and looks a picture! It was built in the Federation Free Classical style and has the traditional second storey with the verandah.

    The slogan for the Hotel is - "Were a bit Casual but our staff are friendly, Beer is Cold, Food Simple but Great!"
    I think that sums up the Australian way very well!

    Accommodation is available in 14 Historic Hotel Rooms
    Sheffields Bar & Grill - Open daily from 9-4pm
    Sheffield’s casual evening dining is open nightly from 5pm.
    http://www.therechotel.com/sheffields-food

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    BURT STREET - BOULDER TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Written Oct 30, 2014

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    Built in 1908, the Boulder Town Hall may not be as old as some other buildings in the area, even so, it is a building with beautiful architecture!

    It was built during the prosperous gold rush days and has been preserved inside and out. You can visit to see a rare and famous Philip Goatcher Stage Curtain, believed to be the last remaining one of its kind. This curtain depicts the scene of the Bay of Naples and has hung in the hall since 1908.

    This can only be seen on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and on Boulder Market days

    Famous Australian celebrities to grace "the Hall," were Dame Nellie Melba, Eileen Joyce and Joan Sutherland.

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    STATE IMAGES

    by balhannah Updated Oct 29, 2014

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    This Mosaic I came across as I made my way to KMart.
    Looking at the fine-print in the bottom RH corner, I realized this was a winner in the "State Images" competition. Individuals and community groups from 10 Western Australian regions made a design of their area in a 3.2m x 2m mosaic artwork.

    Kalgoorlie’s winner was Laurel Burke, who produced "Bonds of Harmony," to be the winner of the Goldfields Region.

    Not only is the artwork on display here, but at a water feature at Perth's Barrack Square.

    Bonds of Harmony
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    HAMMOND PARK - CASTLE, BIRDS & ANIMALS #2

    by balhannah Written Oct 29, 2014

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    Another surprise in Hammond Park was the miniature Bavarian Castle that is said to have 40,000 gemstones decorating the façade, a rather nice addition to the park. It was fenced, but from across the running stream of water where ducks and water hen were, there was a good, clear view.
    The Ducks were used to being fed and were in very good condition as were the fish!
    This stream ran into a large lake with a an island and Lighthouse. Beside the lake was where I found the Bird aviaries housing quite a few native Australian birds.
    Remember not to put your finger in the cage - Cockatoo's bite hard and hurt! Some of them will talk to you.
    Accessible through a gate into a fenced off area were Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus, whilst the
    Peacocks were wandering around at their leisure in the park.

    ALL OF THIS IS FREE

    No wonder this shady, green park is popular for functions, parties & bbq's, family groups & children! It lives up to its reputation and is a great place to come with the family.

    OPEN
    APRIL - SEPTEMBER 9-5pm
    OCTOBER - MARCH 9 - 7PM
    Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday

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    HAMMOND PARK ROTUNDA # 1

    by balhannah Written Oct 29, 2014

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    Hammond Park is quoted in the tourist brochure as "the jewel of the City's parks and reserves, a lush green oasis in the middle of the outback."

    With an introduction like that, there was no way I was leaving Kalgoorlie with out seeing Hammond Park. So, on a warm day we came here for a look and to see what all the fuss was about!
    We parked our car in-front of the fence - FREE PARKING SPACES.
    Just a short walk to the main gate which was wrought iron adorned with aussie animals, was where I noticed this park isn't open all hours.

    It is open
    APRIL - SEPTEMBER 9-5pm
    OCTOBER - MARCH 9 - 7PM
    I did think it rather odd that it is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday, two days that families often come for a picnic.

    First impressions were good! Paved paths led me around the lawned park where I found plenty of seating, a wonderful children's playground, a café and Toilets.

    The octagonal-shaped Rotunda in the garden was impressive! It's much larger than any other Rotundas your likely to see, has a roof crowned with an onion dome erected on a base of decorative cast iron. At the very top is a crescent moon sitting atop the spire. This dome is Victorian in origin but inspired by Islamic architecture (onion domes are common in Eastern Europe and Russia.) The crescent moon is a Muslim emblem. I am guessing it may have something to do with the early prospectors who came from all around the world.
    The Rotunda is one of the largest rotundas of its type in Western Australia. In the early days of the gold rush, it was an important cultural and social meeting place for Kalgoorlie residents and where people came for entertainment.
    It is over 100years old and on the heritage list.

    The Rotunda Hammond Park The wishing well
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    QUESTA CASA BROTHEL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 29, 2014

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    Living in Kalgoorlie in 1898, there were 1516 males and only 502 females!

    Brothels sprung up everywhere and then were relocated to one street, that was Hay street.

    HAY STREET - KALGOORLIE - ONCE HOME TO 30 BROTHELS

    The Famous Questa Casa Brothel otherwise known as the 'The Pink House', is the only remaining brothel from this time.
    Questa Casa at 114 years old, is one of the world's longest operating brothels.

    What is different here, is that Quest Casa offers tourists day tours and becomes a working brothel at night!
    At 3pm there is a tour which takes 1.25 hours. On the tour, your taken through the historical working areas of the house:- through the starting stalls at the front where the ladies first talk to the gentlemen and through rooms which the ladies use every night, the same rooms that have been used since the Brothel opened its doors. The rooms are said to be small, freezing in winter, stifling hot in summer.

    It is a government regulation that nobody under the age of 18 is allowed on the premises

    Questa Casa

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