We had some time before the tour started so we walked around the gift shop...and we just looked, no sales from us! ( I did like a wrist watch there but it was over $2000!). Then, just before the tour started, I decided to visit the Ladies and headed out the door of the Mint.
And I heard a voice call out, 'Let's just take a photo of this lady coming out the door'. What!???
Remember those friends that we met up with at that Sixties Night?
Well it was them!!! They are in Perth for a family wedding! We knew they were in Perth but hadn't made plans to meet up.
Then inside for a audio visual presentation first...as this finished, we noticed that this giant coin had risen up and was in front of us...but out of reach! Lol. The guide assured us that it really was 1 tonne of gold!!
Adam was in charge here and he showed us the protective gear, explaining each piece as he put them on.
That glow in the next photo is from the crucible of liquid gold.
Then it was cooled in water, but it was still really hot for quite a while...but eventually Adam could hold it up minus his big gloves. He told us that this ingot has been melted and remade and melted for all the years that they've been doing the show.
After the ingot making demo, we were free to wander through the exhibits again.
The early miners used all sorts of transport to get to the goldfields, including bicycles like this.