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SUPER PIT

Kalgoorlie-Boulder ’s famous landmark that will eventually stretch 3.8 kilometres long, 1.35km wide and go down to a depth of more than 500m. What had once been the Golden Mile, was named the Fimiston Open Pit, which in turn has become commonly known as the Super Pit.

 

Where small operations had once controlled the famous Golden Mile, WA businessman Alan Bond started buying up the individual leases to create one big company and one big pit, from which gold could be extracted at far less cost.

 

Bond's company failed to complete the takeover but, in 1989, the entire area was combined. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd (KCGM) was formed to manage the assets and operations of joint venture partners, Normandy Australia and Homestake Gold of Australia Limited.

 

For the first time, all leases and infrastructure of the Golden Mile, Mt Charlotte (and Mt Percy to the north) had been brought together. Significant changes – the most since gold was first discovered in Kalgoorlie by Paddy Hannan in 1893 – occurred. It was now possible to mine far more economically for gold and continue the harvest of the Golden Mile, which has produced nearly 50 million ounces of gold since the days of Hannan.

 

Direction: The Super Pit is located at the south-east corner of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (off Goldfields Highway), which is about 600 kilometres east of Perth, capital city of Western Australia. The Super Pit Lookout is on Hanault Road off the Goldfields Highway. The Goldfields Highway is accessible from Burt Street.

 

Opening Hours: 7.00am to 9.00pm daily. Closing for the occasional blast and electrical storm.

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