|Location:||Peak Hill. East of the Newell Highway, turn off at the Post Office.|
MAR to OCT school holidays and long weekends 10-16.
For groups of ten after appointment.
Adults AUD 5, Children (5-15) AUD 4, Children (0-4) free, Seniors AUD 4, Students AUD 4, Family (2+n) AUD 15.
Guided Tour: Adults AUD 10, Children (5-15) AUD 8, Children (0-4) free, Seniors AUD 8, Students AUD 8.
|Guided tours:||self guided. D=1.5.|
|Address:||Parkes Visitor Information Centre, Tel: +61-2-6863-8860, Fax: +61-2-6862-1023. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1893||start of gold mining.|
|1917||end of gold mining.|
|1996||mine reactivated by Alkane mining.|
|2002||mine finally closed.|
|2002||developed as a Tourist Mine by Alkane.|
|2007||taken over by Parkes Shire Council.|
Peak Hill Open Cut Experience is a tourist mine, which has five huge open casts as its main feature. Gold was mined here for almost 25 years around the turn of the 20th century. The mining was the trigger for the small mining village Peak Hill, home to the 350 miners. The production during these years was 60,000 ounces of gold from 500,000 tonnes of rock.
But the mining did not end at this point, the mine was reactivated in 1996 by Alkane. This time 145,000 ounces of gold were produced from 4.9 million tonnes during six years of operation. It is obvious that this is a much lower content of gold, the mining was only profitable with the more effective modern mining technologies. The open cast mining with dynamite was continued until the water table was reached, which is about 100 m deep in the largest pit.
The modern mining consumed most of the old mining traces. But some old workings were preserved and are now part of the Open Cut Experience. This is primarily a number of walking trails with viewing areas over five open cuts. There is a bridge over historic mine workings and the opportunity to pan for gold. The walk is self-guided, but equipped with information panels.
The Mining Trail is actually a self-drive tourist route which leads visitors with their own car to various mining related sites. There are signs along the trail and a funding by Parkes Shire Council will soon allow the creation of a website and a smartphone app.