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fascinating place

We saw some iconic images that I had not realised were of this place. Spent a couple of hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
Old Ghost Town Gwalia

It was so interesting to see the old miners cottages that are being renovated by people that have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maria T
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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4 Km South of Leonora, Leonora, Western Australia 6438, Australia
+61 8 9037 7122
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw some iconic images that I had not realised were of this place. Spent a couple of hours wandering around. Recognised many things from my childhood, great stories. The buildings are well maintained without starting to look artificial, those looking after the place should...More

Thank fellaheen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so interesting to see the old miners cottages that are being renovated by people that have committed their time and efforts into doing so. We spent two nights camped outside the information center which is a donation fee only, but your caravans need...More

Thank Maria T
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Don’t miss stopping over in Gwalia if you are in the area. The abandoned miners cottages are absolutely fascinating and you can spend a good few hours wandering through the townsite. So many amazing pieces of history and quirky artifacts. It’s an absolute treasure of...More

1  Thank RenEden1
Reviewed 25 August 2018

The historic town of Gwalia is fascinating. The mining labourers used whatever materials at hand to create tin/hessian/newspaper clad dwellings (which must have been freezing in winter, and ovens in summer). Locals have sponsored the restoration work with the council and it truly is like...More

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Visited this ghost town as part of the Golden West Discovery Tour and was amazed at just how harsh and basic the conditions for our early pioneers were. A town frozen in time as you go back and explore just how they lived in the...More

2  Thank David E
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

A wonderful morning spent realising how the early settlers and mine workers lived. The town eminated feelings of nostalgia, despite no family connection here. It is well worth the visit. The Hoover homestead is truly a grand old dame in this region. Seeing the carriages...More

Thank perthtravellerhc
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Well worth a look into the history of Leonora.The visit is now free.(at the time of our visit)... Hoover house is charming and the men will like the wheelhouse and other mechanical equipment. The mine is still operating? And has gone from pit to underground...More

Thank david_cook1947
Reviewed 28 April 2018

A trip down memory lane for my husband whose father was sent here to work in the Sons of Gwalia Mine in 1950, fresh from Italy with no English the same as so many other migrants from Italy and Yugoslavia as it had become then....More

2  Thank HenReeTess
Reviewed 26 April 2018

The buildings here are a remnant of the past. With a little imagination you can get a feel for the times. The old pub is a good example.

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 6 February 2018

This is wonderful, we saw it in conjunction to our visit to the Gormley Statues. Quite incredible to wander round the tiny homes and see how they suffered back in the day. Highly recomend

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Response from David R | Reviewed this property |
You can hire a car from Perth, or you can go by train from Perth to Kalgoorlie, the Prospector - an enjoyable experience, then hire a car in Kalgoorlie and drive north through Menzies to Leonora and Gwalia.