Mining in Australia

Mining in Australia is and has been a big industry.

Historically, gold and silver were largely mined in Australia.


Today, there are many historical mining towns, and some of them are ghost towns.

Old Gold Mine, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia
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New South Wales and Victoria had the earliest gold rushes and there are a lot of historical gold mining towns.

Later, gold was also found in other states, so there are also many historical mining towns in Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Houses, Sofala, Historic Gold Mining Town, New South Wales, Australia
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Nowadays most of the gold is gone, but there are other natural resources that Australia is rich in.

Copper is the number one ore mineral mined today.

Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie, Australia
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Coal and natural gas mining are also big. In places, mineral sands are also mined.

In Cape York, bauxite is mined in Weipa.

Giant Vehicle at Bauxite Mine, Weipa, Queensland, Australia
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In the top end of Northern Territory, uranium is mined.

Aerial of Ranger Uranium Mine in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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In the Kimberleys, diamond is mined in the Argyle Diamond Mine.

The Argyle Diamond Mine in the Eastern Kimberley, Western Australia, Opened in 1985
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In Port Headland, iron ore is mined.





















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