Kalgoorlie hotel lets travellers pay with gold

Kalgoorlie is Australia’s gold mining heartland, and now one pub is taking a step back into the town’s formative years by allowing patrons to pay for rooms using the precious metal.

"Gold nugget, gold ring – as long as it's gold," Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa general manager Nicholas Parkinson-Bates said of the new payment method.

Parkinson-Bates said the upcoming Diggers and Dealers mining conference had inspired the idea, but was intent on letting travellers pay with gold all year round, AAP reported.

"Everyone here knows the value of gold – it's sort of a way of life in Kalgoorlie," Parkinson-Bates explained.

"There are a number of corporates who do use gold or get paid in gold. People buy cars in gold here.

"I've also heard of some other types of businesses even doctors and stuff who have been accepting gold."

While no one has paid for a room in gold nuggets yet, Parkinson-Bates said when they do it will be weighed by a local dealer who would advise on the amount would buy it for.

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