W ISH YOU WERE HERE
THE SUPER PIT GOLD MINE
PLUNGING DEEP into the earth like an open wound, the Fimiston Open Pit (known colloquially as the Super Pit) is one of the biggest open pit gold mines in Australia. Spanning 1.5 kilometres in width and 3.5 kilometres in length, it is astonishing in its enormity. The discovery of gold here in 1893 led to the area being dubbed the Golden Mile, however, since its inception in 1989 the Super Pit has grown to consume the earlier mines.
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It’s now a popular tourist spot where curious travellers can stop by for a tour or observe the mine in operation from the specially created Super Pit Lookout. Photographer Elise Hassey captured this otherworldly scene at dusk. Large vehicles look like toy Tonka trucks as they climb from the shadowy depths and up the terraced ridges bathed in surreal purple tones. The alien scene almost looks like it’s on Mars, lending the mine a strange, beguiling beauty.