Since its launch in 2003, tens of thousands of adventurers from all parts of the globe have embarked upon the Golden Quest Trail. The Trail provides a rewarding exploration of a region that has contributed significantly to the fortunes of Australia as a nation. Indeed, Western Australia’s Goldfields is a region of surprisingly diverse landscapes, of remarkably rich history and heritage, and of memorable experiences for the contemporary traveller.

On behalf of the Board of the Goldfields Tourism Network, welcome to our territory. It’s no longer an actual ‘wild west’ frontier but it remains a vibrant force in furthering our nation’s well-being.

Explore woodlands and the goldrush past on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Complimenting the guide book, the new FREE app provides additional interpretive and regional information





If you are driving to the Goldfields, depending on where you are driving from, there are a number of drive experiences that make ideal companion drives to the Golden Quest Discovery Trail:


We are delighted to bring you Trail Tales, our ‘What’s Happening’ on the Trail. We will be constantly updating the information on these pages, so make sure you keep updated with posts from our guest travellers, events and famils, and with some enticers from the Guidebook.

  • A History of 'The Round'

    Published 29th July 2015 Entrants in the Fashions on the Field competition

    It is without doubt one of the biggest, most colourful and successful racing carnivals to be staged anywhere in Australia. It is steep… Read More

    Fashions on the field entrants at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club
  • Niagara Dam - Site 8 Golden Quest Discovery Trail

    Published 29th July 2015

    What a surprising sight Niagara Dam is ! And what a folly it was to build it !

    Constructed in 1897 – 98, the intention was that the dam would provide plentiful water for the locomotives along the new rail link between Kalgoorlie and Menzies. By the time the… Read More

  • Titanic Sinks – How the Goldfields Heard!!!

    Published 29th July 2015

    Titanic Sinks – How the Goldfields Heard!!!

    April 14, 2017 By Moya Sharp

    On  the 14th April 1912, 103 yrs ago today the SS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg. The following is a copy of the newspaper article from the 16th April 1912 from the Kalgoo… Read More

  • Download The Golden Quest Trail app

    Published 29th July 2015

    The new Golden Quest Trail App is available in the iPhone app store. Download it today.

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  • Sanitary Carter's End

    Published 29th July 2015

    Sanitary Carter’s Tragic End
    January 22, 2017 By Moya Sharp

    Kalgoorlie Western Argus Tuesday 11 March 1902.
    A carter named Charles Noell, an employee of Mr O Sloss, met with a terrible death, yesterday morning through being jolted off his cart on … Read More

  • Drive Yourself Wild on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail

    Published 29th July 2015


    Goldfields Tourism Manager, Neil McGilp, escorted Tourism WA European Marketing Manager, Stefanie Bischof, around the Goldfields .

    Stefanie promotes WA to travellers in Germany and Switzerland, both great tourism markets for the Goldfields region. It … Read More

  • Mulline - Ghost Town - near Site 21 Ularring Soak on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail

    Published 29th July 2015

    Mulline – Ghost Town
    October 8, 2016 By Moya Sharp

    Mulline was the most important town in the Ularring district. This was after the Government erected the State Battery there in 1899. It crushed ore from nearly 100 claims, mostly worked by their owners… Read More

  • Golden Quest Discovery Trail and Goldfields Tourism at the 2016 Perth Royal Show

    Published 29th July 2015

    Manager Neil McGilp and support officer Liz Cayzer along with an army of volunteers manned the display at the Perth Royal Show this year. The prospectors pit was a hit again for the kids with over 4000 kids enjoying the experience !

    Look forward to doing it… Read More

  • Golden Quest Discovery Trail Finalist in Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards 2016

    Published 29th July 2015

    Breaking news !

    Golden Quest Discovery Trail is a finalist in the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards for 2016.

    Category: Cultural Tourism

    Awards night is the 12th November in Perth, best of luck everyone.

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  • Are you China ready in the Goldfields ?

    Published 29th July 2015

    A recent visit to the Goldfields by Fion Zhang from Enjoy Going ( Australia ), a Chinese Inbound Tour Operator, who designs unique Western Australian itineraries for Chinese Travellers.

    Fion has visited the Goldfields twice now and is in the final stages of… Read More

  • Gold, Gold for Western Australia

    Published 29th July 2015

    The 17th September 1892 was a landmark day in the fortunes of Western Australia. With the sun dipping towards the west, a young prospector named Arthur Bayley rode into Southern Cross with 554 ounces of gold in his saddlebags. The last of the great Australia… Read More

  • Credo Homestead

    Published 29th July 2015

    Credo Homestead, on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, is a former pastoral station and is now a Conservation Reserve which was purchased as water catchment for Rowles Lagoon, site 23 on the trail.

    See the history of Credo Station in the updated onl… Read More

  • Not Just a Presidents Wife – Lou Henry Hoover

    Published 29th July 2015 Lou Henry Hoover in Kalgoorlie 1902

    Lou Henry Hoover was the wife of Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States of America. There has been a great deal written about … Read More

  • Hooshtah! The Afghans and their camels

    Published 29th July 2015

    Between 1860 and the early 1920’s, it’s estimated that some 2,000 Muslim camel-drivers were plying their trade within Australia’s vast interior. Having inherited centuries of experience in their homelands, they were expert in traversing desert terrain by… Read More

  • John Aspinall

    Published 29th July 2015

    In February 1895, at the age of 21, John Aspinall set off from his home at Skippers Point on New Zealand’s South island, bound for far-distant Coolgardie. Before he boarded ship at Dunedin, he was warned ‘not to go on any account’. One old man ‘who h… Read More

  • USA Travel blogger Matt Logan

    Published 29th July 2015

    Tourism WA recently invited American travel blogger Matt Logan to visit the Goldfields of Western Australia. Mandi Warry, Manager of Goldfields Tourism Network, recently spent two days escorting Matt on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail from Coolgardie to Leonora. Read More

  • Mega Famil

    Published 29th July 2015

    Goldfields Tourism Network recently hosted over 60 travel agents and travel managers from across Germany and Austria on a four day visit to the Goldfields region of Western Australia.

    Sponsored by Tourism WA and Australia’s Golden Outback, our internation… Read More

  • Outback Parks and Lodges

    Published 29th July 2015

    Outback Parks and Lodges provide accommodation for tourists travelling through remote areas. Their Lodge and Park style accommodation complexes offer comfortable, clean, and affordable accommodations to suit a variety of traveller needs in the Goldfields Regio… Read More

  • Menzies Railway comes to town

    Published 29th July 2015

    The biggest day of celebration in the history of Menzies took place on 22 March 1898. A crowd of some 3,000 people had gathered for the official opening of the Kalgoorlie-Menzies railway. Two trains steamed into town within an hour of each other. The first was… Read More

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