On the northern edge of Kalgoorlie is 200 hectares of bushland paradise.
Named after the local Aboriginal word for ‘silky pear’, this area of land was once completely felled by the mining industry. It took decades of work to regenerate the area and replant a wide variety of trees and shrubs, efforts that are now maintained by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group.
The park is also home to a number of the Goldfields native species, with Scott spotting a Bobtail Skink early on in our walk. We also saw three different bird species, hearing a few others. In the early hours, walkers have been known to spot western grey kangaroos and even snakes.
Dotted throughout the park are plenty of information signs about the park and the flora within it.
Just 1.5 km from the parks entrance is the Katunga lookout, giving wonderful views of the whole area, from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder downtown to out over the surrounding lands. Several mining features can be seen on the horizon, including some of the Superpit dumps and the chimney at Kanowna Bell mine.
The parkland is free to visit.