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Virtual trail to tell Perth’s golden story

The Gold Industry Group launched its Heart of Gold Discovery Trail at a free event in Elizabeth Quay on Saturday 7 October 2017.

The virtual trail is the first self-guided tour of its kind giving members of the community and visitors to the State an interactive ‘gold’ experience via the Heart of Gold Australia app.

 “The trail will entertain people of all ages who visit the city, while learning the remarkable story of gold and how its changed the cityscape and secured the financial future of Western Australia and our nation,” said Richard Hayes, Gold Industry Group Chairperson and The Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer. 

Starting at Elizabeth Quay and ending at The Perth Mint, the gold treasure trail will take visitors on a journey of discovery – from today back to the early gold rushes as it signals 12 locations of significance throughout the city. 

“Featuring compelling audio stories and visuals, interactive games and more, the app will engage residents and tourists alike as it tells the tale of a city built on gold,” continued Mr Hayes.

“Western Australians should be proud of the State’s golden story as WA has a heart of gold. With more than 40 operating gold mines in WA, including 11 of the world's largest, the gold mining industry in the West alone directly employs more than 20,000 people.

“Australia is the 2nd largest producer of gold in the world, with 70% of total production here in the West,” said Mr Hayes.

The Heart of Gold Discovery Trail offers a fun and educational experience, so in addition to the trail, lesson plans linked to the trail and the Australian Curriculum are available for Year 5 and Year 9 students in all WA schools.

Perth’s gold trail will be the first of many digital journeys coming to Australia. In 2018, a trail in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is set to celebrate the anniversary of Paddy Hannan, Thomas Flanagan and Dan O’Shea finding gold at the base of Mt Charlotte 125 years ago.

The free Heart of Gold Australia app is now available to download from the iTunes and Google Play app store.

The trail is also on the Trails WA website.

Last updated by Trailtalk Admin Oct 7.

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