The Old Smelter in Ravensthorpe operated between 1906 and 1918, smelting gold and copper ingots. Although it was initiated by the Western Australian Government, before it was completed it was bought by Phillips River Gold and Copper Company (financed and controlled from London), July 1906 until June 1911.
The site is located three kilometres south east of Ravensthorpe on the road to Hopetoun. The site is now private property, though you can get a good view of it from the road. See the mountainous tailing dumps and old equipment which serves as a reminder of the town’s history.
The smelter once employed around 120 men and up to three shifts per day. It was serviced by a long spur of railway track with siding and in 1910 a sintering plant was installed. The railway spur embankment is still visible and there are numerous relics lying around.
Ravensthorpe sits within the internationally recognised Fitzgerald Biosphere, a biodiversity hotspot, recognised as one of the most significant flora regions in the world. You will be amazed by the natural beauty of the ancient ranges, rugged hills and waterways, year round wildflowers and the spectacular Fitzgerald River National Park. Take the opportunity to view the surrounding landscape from the easily accessible lookout points.
Ravensthorpe is a six-and-a-half-hour drive south east of Perth.
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