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About Our Gems

This exciting new project from Artgold celebrates the arts, culture, history, heritage, and creativity in our Goldfields-Esperance region.

Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation
The Region

The Goldfields-Esperance region is located in the south-eastern corner of Western Australia and is the largest region in the state with a land area of 771,276 square kilometres.

The region is three times the size of the state of Victoria and just under a third of Western Australia's total landmass. Throw in the Shire of Wiluna in the Mid West region – and you have an adventure on your hands.

The Our Gems website is designed to compliment and extend the existing marketing of visitor experiences and tourism services operating in the region.

We invite you to come and experience our backyard and discover Our Gems for yourself.

A variety of established and developing trails helps you, the visitor, connect to our heritage, culture, arts, mining, gem collecting, genealogy, nature and environment through places such as the ghost town of Kanowna, the Great Western Woodlands, Coolgardie' Mother of the Goldfields', and more. The 965km Golden Quest Discovery Trail or the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail are just a couple of ways to experience our history.

Creative Industries, including retail, are considered significant for the quality of life experiences and important for economy and culture. Typically, a collection of industries including music, performing arts, film, television and radio, advertising and marketing, writing, publishing and comprise this sector. In the Goldfields-Esperance region, creative industries are an emerging area, and you can be one of the first to get a taste of Arts and Culture in this unique part of the world.

The region's cultural heritage is founded upon thousands of years of Aboriginal culture and more recent European exploration and settlement. Recent history contains the early influences of mining, agriculture and pastoral explorers, pioneers and subsequent industries that led to the establishment of the regional centres and communities that exist today.

We can't wait to meet you!

Website

The Our Gems website has been designed to complement and extend the existing marketing of visitor experiences and tourism services operating in the region.

Designed to show you all the things to see and do across across our broad region, with an events calendar for each town. All the information in one place.

  • Seen something that we have missed or not sure how to get involved?
  • Have you found an attraction or site that isn’t on the website?
  • Or have you got an attraction or site that you would like included on the website?

Let us know! You can suggest an attraction or tell us about an event right here on this website! Fill in the form to tell us what’s special about the must-see gems in your town!

Not sure if your attraction should be included? Call us today to discuss.

Self Guided Phone App Tours

Complementing the website, the ‘Everythere’ self guided phone app points out the must-see sites in our region. With engaging features and educational content, the app will have you interacting with arts and cultural attractions in our region.

Tours you can access right now:

  • Historical Burt Street
  • Coolgardie - Mother of the Goldfields
  • Heartwalk Murals

The gems of our region are in your pocket!

Everythere is the perfect self-guided tour for tourists, adventure seekers and locals wishing to (re)discover the history, arts, culture or even the best photo opportunities of each location!

Getting Started

  • Download and open the Everythere app on your device.
  • Switch on Bluetooth and allow Location services - the app uses GPS to find points of interest.
  • Continue as a Guest or log in using your Facebook or Google account.
  • Pick your location from the list of tours and prepare for your adventure with the Intro and Setting Off tabs.
  • You will receive a notification when you get close to a site on the tour.

App Hints & Tips

  • ‘You will receive an alert when you get close to a site on the tour, so don’t be surprised when your phone vibrates or makes a noise.
  • If you don’t have Facebook or a Google account, log in as a guest.
  • Visitor Centre staff are here to help, so please ask them for any extra information. Or visit the Our Gems website.
  • In-app translations are available for Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
  • Please complete the surveys with as much information as you can – it helps us to improve!

So what did you think?

As this is a new project, we are seeking your feedback so that we know we are providing valuable information and high-quality tours. You will automatically receive two short surveys that will take approximately 3 minutes each to complete:

Survey 1 - After you complete your tour

Rate your general enjoyment of the tour information and sites. Your feedback will help us make our tours even better!

Survey 2 - Leaving the Goldfields-Esperance region

Tell us how much you spent during your stay, so we can calculate the valuable contribution tourists make to our communities.

Photographic Library
We have a library of amazing photos that have been taken from all around our beautiful Goldfields-Esperance region by the people who live here! Visit the website for more details.

Our Gems WA Photographic Library

Artgold

Artgold’s mission is:

  • To support local artists and art groups, craftspeople & artisans
  • To build a solid arts network and database within the Goldfields
  • To create and attract events to the region
  • To showcase local talent to the wider community

A paid coordinator is employed by Artgold to be the liaison point between artists, arts volunteers, arts workers and groups. A volunteer chairperson and committee oversee the association’s operations. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month and anyone who has an interest in arts, culture & the community is encouraged to come along.

Artgold (Arts & Culture Goldfields Association inc) was formed by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in response to the community’s calls for a support group for the arts community. A three-year funding agreement commenced in 2008. Artgold & Kalgoorlie Boulder

Artgold promotes arts activities throughout Kalgoorlie-Boulder and encourages participation in artistic endeavours, joining arts groups and associations, or creating arts opportunities at existing events or market days.

Artgold website