Embark on a virtual gold trail of discovery through Perth city and discover the rich history of a city, State and nation built on gold and its vital importance to Western Australia’s development and future.

The #heartofgold Discovery Trail will take you back to the early gold rushes with augmented reality, remarkable audio stories, fun widgets, vivid videos, timeless photos and interactive games via the free Heart of Gold app. 

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

The interactive, self-guided trail will excite and entertain people of all ages who visit the city, as they learn its golden story and how gold changed the cityscape and secured the economic future of Western Australia and the nation. 

Trailblazers will receive a commemorative medallion on completion of the trail and could strike it lucky and win a real Ramelius gold nugget! During October you will also receive 25% off The Perth Mint's Gold Exhibition. 


Join us at the launch of Perth's first virtual gold trail!

Saturday 7 October 2017 : 10am - 3pm
Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay will be a hub of free golden activity for all ages at the official opening of the #heartofgold Discovery Trail:

  • A replica of the famous Golden Eagle nugget will be unveiled in Elizabeth Quay marking the start of the trail, with a special welcome to country ceremony at 10am 
  • Trailblazers will have the chance to win an array of prizes including real nuggets from Ramelius Resources’ gold mine when they pan for gold with The Perth Mint or complete the trail on the day
  • See inside a gold mine using virtual reality with Mining Education Australia
  • A virtual scavenger hunt will take place in Elizabeth Quay 
  • #heartofgold social media competitions, face painting and more

The Heart of Gold App is free and will be available to download from 30 September 2017. 

For more information on the #heartofgold Discovery Trail email info@goldindustrygroup.com.au 


Teacher resources

The #heartofgold Discovery Trail will provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for school students to learn about the rich history and importance of gold to the development of Perth city, the State and the nation.

We encourage teachers from year 5 to take their students on the trail as it combines learning with technology and the outdoors, offering a great option for a class excursion or to enjoy on the weekend with family. 

Lesson plans linked to Australian Curriculum for Year 5 and 9 students have been developed in addition to the trail and will be available to all schools in Western Australia here from 30 September 2017.

If you would like to receive teacher INFORMATION AND RESOURCES email info@goldindustrygroup.com.au


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Kalgoorlie-Boulder gold trail coming in 2018!

Perth’s #heartofgold Discovery Trail is the first of many digital journeys proposed to share Australia’s gold story via the Heart of Gold app.

Next year we will launch a second gold trail in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to tell its important gold story and celebrate 125 years since Paddy Hannan, Thomas Flanagan and Dan O’Shea found gold at the base of Mt Charlotte, sparking the biggest gold rush in Western Australia’s history.