- Category: Historical Places
- Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:31
- Written by Nita Teoh
Got the Gold Rush Fever?
310 Hay Street
Phone: 9421 7277
Phone: 9421 7410 tour enquiries
weekdays: 9am to 5pm
weekends: 9am to 1pm
Closed: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day.
Entry fee: free to visit Perth Mint
Guided tour entry fee: $15 for guided tour including gold pour
Step inside The Perth Mint to relive the heyday of the Gold Rush fever of the 1890s when it was a hub of activity. Telltale signs of its factory days are featured in its interesting townscape of chimneys and roofs.
Today, the Perth Mint has some interesting activities on offer to suit a range of tastes and is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
|The Perth Mint|
The Perth Mint was built in 1896 and designed in the Federation Romanesque style. Its history dates back to its establishment in 1899 as a branch of the British Royal Mint in London till the 1970s when British ownership of the Mint ended.
The grounds of the building are quite a pleasant spot to have a break and to admire the historical features of this building.
Guided tours are run daily and include a gold pouring demonstration. Marvel at the hot fiery molten gold that is magically transformed into a solid bar at the gold pouring demonstration.
Or whilst away the afternoon with a Devonshire tea in the lovely setting of The Perth Mint Tea Gardens complete with white starched tablecloths and a relaxing ambience out to the garden.
The Perth Mint tea garden has a nice menu on offer including Devonshire tea and lunch items such as sandwiches and home made pies and salad. There is a great range of aromatic and exotic teas to choose from. The Devonshire tea complete with scones and jam and cream is always a treat! The silver service is very professional and friendly.
|The Perth Mint|
Or if you are feeling prosperous and wanting to secure your own pot of gold, take a wander through The Perth Mint shop. What is it that makes us want to acquire a bit of that good gold stuff? There are special edition coins, bullions, nuggets and jewellery on offer.
How to get there:
By CAT bus
The CAT buses are a handy way of travelling around the Perth CBD, Northbridge, East Perth and West Perth within the Free Transit Zone.
The Perth Mint is located at the corner of Hay and Hill Street in the Perth CBD.
If travelling around Perth CBD, hop onto the Red CAT and alight off at stop 11 which is the Perth Mint stop. You should be heading west along Hay Street, and stop 11 is just before the corner of Hay and Hill Street.
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