Kalgoorlie Super Pit is a whole lot of hole

May 17, 2006
Kalgoorlie Super Pit is a whole lot of hole

With a reputation for producing a decent slice of Australias gold bullion, it is not surprising that Kalgoorlie is home to one of the biggest open cut mines in the world.

This massive operation, known as the Super Pit forms part of the 'Golden Mile', reputed to be the richest square mile of gold bearing earth in the world.

Getting up close to the Super Pit, is a dwarfing experience.

At 320m deep, about 3km long and 1.4km wide this massive man made hole in the ground makes an awesome sight.

While its not possible to enter the pit, which operates 24 hours a day, visitors can still get a feel for its enormity from the nearby lookout platform which is just off the Goldfields Highway.

The view is amazing giant mining trucks with tyres taller than the average person look more like Tonka toys as they make their way to the deep base of the mine.

Camp kitchen Kalgoorlie
Camp kitchen Kalgoorlie

The Super Pit Lookout is open every day from 8am until 9.30pm. Night time viewing is just as spectacular thanks to the massive lighting infrastructure.

Visitors can drive to the Lookout. Stop in at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre (ph 08 9021 1966) for the times of daily Super Pit blasts which are visible from the Lookout.

Editors Note: GoSeeAustralia thanks the Western Australian Tourist Commission for this story.

Kalgoorlie from Mount Charlotte lookout
Kalgoorlie from
Mount Charlotte lookout
Norsemans galvanised camels on the towns main roundabout
Norseman's galvanised camels
on the towns main roundabout
One of the small Nullarbor overnight camping stops. Pay at the pub.
One of the small Nullarbor overnight
camping stops. Pay at the pub.
The famous Exchange Hotel, Kalgoorlie
The famous Exchange Hotel, Kalgoorlie
Langtrees Brothel, Kalgoorlie
Langtree's Brothel, Kalgoorlie
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