A historical gem in East Perth that tells the story of the city’s golden history.
You may not know it, but Perth has a rich history in gold production, and the Perth Mint is the place to go to find out more about it.
Despite living in Perth for almost 22 years, I have never been to the Perth Mint, so 2019 marked my first trip, which I made with my dad and my 20-month old daughter. I wasn’t sure how my daughter would like the visit but I never let a bit of uncertainty put me off!
We arrived with plenty of time to spare until the next tour, which was starting at 11:30am. This provided the perfect opportunity to visit the cafe for a coffee and a snack!
The cafe serves hot and cold drinks plus snacks and sweet treats. You can sit outside and enjoy your coffee while observing the replica tents and gold panning equipment, which were used by early settlers in search of gold.
We finished up and it was time to start the tour! Your tour guide will take you outside and give you a brief history of the building itself before displaying some impressive, although replica, gold nuggets that have been discovered in Australia.
Next, we went back inside to watch a short film about the history of gold in WA, and to see a GIANT gold coin that is worth over a million dollars. Wow!
Then, it was time for the gold pouring demonstration. This involved about 10 minutes of sitting down, so this is the time to pull out the snacks or toys or anything that will keep your little one amused for these ten minutes!
You will see liquid gold being poured into a mould to make it into a gold bar. Cool! I found it interesting that the same gold bar has been melted and re-poured since the late 1990s!
True crime enthusiasts, like myself, can also watch a short film about the murky side of gold digging and crimes related to gold, including those committed in recent times and in the gold rush days.
You can also see how much your weight in gold is by jumping on a special scale! It won’t tell you your body weight (thank goodness) but will rather tell you how much you would be worth if you were gold. Cha-ching!
The Perth Mint is open daily (closed New Years Day, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 9am to 5pm with tours departing every hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Tour prices are $19 for adults, $17 for concession holders and $8 for kids aged 4 to 15 years. Children aged 3 and under are free. You can book online here.
There is street parking around East Perth or you can catch the CAT bus. The Perth Mint has baby change facilities and high chairs in the cafe.
We throughly enjoyed our trip to the Perth Mint and it was an interesting look into the history of gold in WA and the role of the mint. It is worth a visit with or without the kids in tow!
Perth Mint 310 Hay Street, East Perth
Open: Daily 9am to 5pm with tours departing hourly from 9:30am to 3:30pm (closed New Years Day, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Tour prices: $19 adults, $17 concession holders $8 kids aged 4 to 15 years. Children aged 3 and under free.