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"Visit during 'Diggers & Dealers' at your peril!" Top 5 Page for this destination Kalgoorlie Warnings Or Dangers Tip by CatherineReichardt

Kalgoorlie Warnings and Dangers: 9 reviews and 22 photos


The highlight of Kal's calender is the legendary 'Diggers & Dealers' conference, which takes place in August each year and is the largest gold mining convention in the Southern Hemisphere.

For a week, over 2,000 delegates, comprising miners, project financiers, equipment suppliers, consultants, the media - and doubtless a few extra skimpies drafted in to deal with the rush - descend on the town for a frenzy of deal making, industry gossip and epic drinking (often all at once!) in an atmosphere that's a throwback to Kal's turn of the century heyday. This is where the Australian gold mining industry comes to caucus and cry into its collective beer at the perceived injustices being visited on it by carbon taxes and labour legislation, and to 'talk up' new projects requiring finance. It's a fascinating redneck assemblage of people who pride themselves on being 'doers' not 'talkers', and is certainly no place for liberals, teetotallers or those of a meek and mild disposition!

Over this period, there isn't a spare bed or plane seat to be had for love nor money, so try and time your visit to avoid this if at all possible, unless this is the reason for your visit in the first place! If you fall into the latter category, then be warned that this is probably not the best choice of convention for exercising that option to take along your spouse!


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  • Updated May 1, 2012
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