The free app will be one of many digital journeys launched to celebrate the story of Australian gold. Image: Gold Industry Group.
BY ELIZABETH FABRI
WA-based not-for profit organisation Gold Industry Group is soon to launch a virtual gold ‘discovery trail’ app that will pay homage to the State’s gold history.
The first-of-its-kind Heart of Gold app will use augmented reality, audio visuals and games to engage residents and tourists in Perth to learn the story of gold and how it changed the cityscape and secured an economic future for WA.
The trail begins at Elizabeth Quay and takes visitors to 12 locations of historical significance throughout the city, ending at Perth Mint.
On 7 October, Gold Industry Group and its sponsors will be hosting a launch event at Elizabeth Quay, with a number of prizes up for grabs, including real gold nuggets from Ramelius Resources.
Mining Education Australia and WA School of Mines will also give visitors the opportunity to see inside a gold mine using virtual reality.
“To mark the opening and the commencement of the trail, we will unveil a replica of the famous Golden Eagle nugget, which is one of the largest specimens found in WA,” Gold Industry Group chairman and Perth Mint chief executive Richard Hayes.
Next year, the group will also launch a gold trail app in Kalgoorlie to mark the 125th anniversary since Paddy Hannan, Thomas Flanagan, and Dan O’Shea discovered gold at the base of Mt Charlotte.