Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit [Pictorial]

A trip to Kalgoorlie isn't complete without a visit to the Super Pit, Australia's largest open pit mine.

In 1989 WA businessman Alan Bond bought a number of mining leases which were all controlled by separate operators, merging them together to create the open cut operation which today produces about 800,000 ounces of gold every year.

Managed by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) Newmont Australia and Barrick Australia both hold 50 per cent stakes in the mine.

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The lookout perched above the Super Pit operations is a major tourist attraction for the twin towns of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

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The Super Pit stretches about 3.8 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and is 600 metres deep.

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Locals all seem to have an interesting Super Pit fact, what's yours?

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