Kambalda is located 130 kilometres
north of Norseman and 55 kilometres south of Kalgoorlie. Prior
to European settlement the Kambalda area was known to be within
the traditional tribal lands of the Galaagu people.
Kambalda's first modern settlement
was located at the base of nearby Red Hill in 1897. The original
Red hill settlement owed its existence to a prospector named Percy
Larkin who discovered rich shoots of gold in the area. Larkin's
discovery immediately sparked a gold rush and during the next
10 years the Red Hill goldfield produced over 30,000 ounces of
gold. During the field's existence a number of fabulous mineral
specimens were discovered, including the legendary Golden Butterfly
which was said to be a perfect replica of its namesake. By 1908
Red Hill's rich shoots of gold had become depleted and the settlement
soon reverted to native bushland.
For many years prospectors
largely ignored further exploration of the Kambalda area, however
two that didn't were John Morgan and George Cowcill. In 1954,
Morgan and Cowcill presented an unusual rock specimen to the Kalgoorlie
School of Mines. Morgan and Cowcill hoped the mineral would be
identified as some form of uranium bearing mineral. As it turned
out the School of Mines identified the specimen as "Gossan" -
a green nickel bearing ore. Ten years later, Morgan and Cowcill
showed their Gossan specimen to Roy Woodall - a mining geologist
with Western Mining Corporation. Woodall appreciated the significance
of the find and WMC soon commenced an exploratory drilling program
to prove up Kambalda's nickel reserves. By 1966 Kambalda's Silver
Lake Mine had commenced production thereby sparking Australia's
great nickel boom of the 1960s. Whilst speculative fortunes were
won and lost on the Australian Stock Exchange, Kambalda's nickel
mine proved to be an enduring and commercially viable operation.
Today Kambalda's prosperity continues to rely on nickel mining
with much of its ore being processed and smelted at the nearby
Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter.
Understandably many of Kambalda's
residents proudly proclaim their pivotal role in the birth of
Australia's modern nickel mining industry.
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Kambalda Tourist Bureau
Tourist Bureau and Telecentre are located on the corner of Emu
Rocks and Marianthus Road - located in Kambalda West. Kambalda's
Tourist Bureau provides travelers with a useful pamphlet covering
local attractions, accommodation, and a range of facilities to
serve tourists needs. For those of you traveling by public transport,
the tourist bureau is also a licensed travel agent and can arrange
bookings for airfares, Westrail and McCafferty's bus services.
These bus services link through to Kalgoorlie, Esperance and points
between Perth and the eastern states. For further tourist information
please telephone (08) 9027 0192 or fax (08) 9027 0194. Email contact
can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kambalda Telecentre provides access to the Internet and has
photocopying and faxing facilities. Travelers can also arrange
to have email sent to them at the Telecentre.
Kambalda Motor Hotel
is a modern and pleasant establishment located on Bluebush Road
in Kambalda West. Located nearby is Kambalda Plaza Shopping Centre.
For bookings or further information please telephone (08) 9027
Kambalda Caravan Park
is located on Gordon Adams Road near the Kalgoorlie turnoff. Kambalda's
caravan park offers travelers onsite vans, powered and unpowered
sites. Backpackers facilities are also available within the caravan
Park and dogs are permitted on a leash. For further information
please telephone (08) 9027 1582 or fax (08) 9027 1582. Email contact
Kambalda Travelers Facilities
Kambalda is a pleasant and
modern town with a resident population of about 3500 people. Kambalda
really consists of 2 town centres, often referred to as Kambalda
East and Kambalda West. Kambalda West is particularly well serviced
with an ANZ bank, Post Office, Woolworths and take away food shops.
Within Kambalda West the ANZ bank has an ATM machine and EFTPOS
facilities are freely available at the local shops. Kambalda East
has a mini market, delicatessen and newsagency. Both town centres
have service stations and swimming pools for when the going gets
Located behind the Shire office
in Kambalda West is the local Lions Park children's adventure
playground and some coin operated barbecues.
Kambalda's best attraction
is the Red Hill Lookout. Red Hill Lookout is accessed by following
Gordon Adams Road. Red Hill has a bushwalking trail (Red Hill
Walking Trail) and from the summit travelers will have a bird's
eye view of nearby Lake Lefroy and Kambalda East. Nullarbor Net
recommends you bring your camera as the views really are magnificent.
An added bonus is that the area also has 4 undercover picnic tables
and seats at strategic points along the trail. If you are on the
road, Red Hill Lookout might well be a good spot to eat your lunch.
Kambalda's Memorial Garden and Miners'
Memorial Wall are situated behind the Shire office in Kambalda
West. The Garden has a shady gazebo surrounded by native plants
and scented roses. The Memorial Wall was built in honour of those
who had lost their lives whilst working in Kambalda's mines.
Also located within the Kambalda area are
the remains of King's Battery. Located on Woolibah station the
20 stamp King's Battery was employed to process gold bearing ores
from local gold mines. Today all that remains of the original
operation is a tower and some Flemish brickwork which housed a
water paddle wheel for sluicing gold tailings. The King's Battery
area also provides a venue for bushwalking and picnic activities.
For those of you who feel the need for speed, nearby Lake Lefroy
provides plenty of opportunities to go land sailing. According
to locals, when wind conditions are right land sailers can achieve
speeds of 100 kilometres an hour - just centimetres above Lake
Lefroy's dry salt pans. For information about land sailing, please
contact the Tourist Bureau on (08) 9027 0192.
Widgie Cabins also operate
land yachting activities out of nearby Widgiemooltha. As of October
2001 a "Widgie" weekend cabin and yachting package could be obtained
for $130. Bookings can be arranged by telephoning Jim and Andrea
Williams on (08) 9091 3868 or Fax (08) 9091 3863.
The Widgiemooltha Tavern
Roadhouse and Motel Caravan Park.
Accommodation at "Widgie's" Motel and Caravan Park can be arranged
by telephoning or faxing (08) 9020 8030. Travelers should note
Widgiemooltha is a vey small settlement, it does however provide
for all your basic needs.