The spirit of the Goldfields of Western Australia can be heralded for the early prospectors who came to the region in search of gold and prosperity. It is now well over 120 years since the first of thousands of gold-seekers descended upon Coolgardie, some 500 kilometres east of Perth and by the early 20th century, this remote region was a thriving network of new gold discoveries. Capturing the essence of the historic, cultural and spiritual Goldfields, the Golden Quest Discovery Trail traverses 965kms through the Shires of Coolgardie, Menzies, Leonora and Laverton, and City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Officially launched in March 2003, the Trail was developed by the Australia Limited Taskforce and the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission.
The Welcome on the first page of of the guidebook gives a great summary of what this publication is all about.
Welcome to the second edition of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook. Since its launch in 2003, tens of thousands of have embarked upon the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, making it one of Australia's most popular self-drive trails. At nearly 1,000 kilometres in length and encompassing 25 official sites, the trail intimately explores the continuing evolution of Western Australia's legendary Goldfields.
If you've ever had an inkling to take off to the outback, I'd recommend the Goldfields experience. Picking up a copy of this guide and following the trail will make the journey much more rewarding.
In 2003, John Douglass - then Brown Cow Design, put together the original Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guide Book. This trial blazing venture was the guidebook for a 1000km trail throughout the Goldfields region of WA. The guide explores the history of the 25 sites, notes about the flora and fauna likely to be found on the way, current places of interest as well as maps and general travel information. It was also accompanied by two audio CDs bringing some of the Goldfields' characters to life.
After ten years the decision was made to make a new edition of the guide with updated trail information, new imagery and several new stories. John - now as Flametree - was delighted to work again with author, Barry Strickland to produce the new guide.