The Western Australian goldfields are unique and diverse, with a rich history that spans many thousands of years. The Eastern Goldfields, which include the gold mining towns of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, is one of the most colourful mining areas in Australia.
The goldfields has a vast history that stretches back much further than the gold rushes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is an ancient land that has formed a unique environment over hundreds of millions of years. Thanks to these geological transformations, the area became a gold mining hotspot. The mineral-rich Yilgarn Craton is thought to contain up to 30% of the world's known gold reserves - and gold isn't the only precious material to be mined in the area.