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Kambalda is a unique little outback settlement consisting of two separate towns!

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Kambalda is a unique little outback settlement consisting of two separate towns seven kilometres apart, Kambalda East and Kambalda West.   The town boasts an amazing 40km salt pan lake - Lake Leroy, which is viewed  from Kambalda's best tourist attration, the Red Hill Lookout. 

The town is just 30mins drive from Kalgoorlie and 130kms from Norseman. Gold was once mined in the region, and today the town has a burgeoning nickel industry.

See the stunning 40 kilometre long Lake Lefroy salt pan from Red Hill Lookout which also has a bushwalking trail (Red Hill Walking Trail). The community of this small nickel mining town strives to preserve as much of its native flora as possible. Land sailing takes place on Lake Lefroy where land sailers can achieve speeds of 100 kilometres an hour. Kambalda's Memorial Garden and Miners' Memorial Wall are situated behind the Shire office in Kambalda West. Located on Woolibah station is the 20 stamp King's Battery which also provides a venue for bushwalking and picnic activities. Prior to European settlement the Kambalda area was known to be within the traditional tribal lands of the Galaagu people.

Kambalda's first modern settlement was located at the base of nearby Red Hill in 1897. The original Red hill settlement owed its existence to a prospector named Percy Larkin who discovered rich shoots of gold in the area. Larkin's discovery immediately sparked a gold rush and during the next 10 years the Red Hill goldfield produced over 30,000 ounces of gold. During the field's existence a number of fabulous mineral specimens were discovered, including the legendary Golden Butterfly which was said to be a perfect replica of its namesake. By 1908 Red Hill's rich shoots of gold had become depleted and the settlement soon reverted to native bushland.

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