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Bonnie Vale
Western Australia
Established 1897
Postcode(s) 6430
Elevation 375 m (1,230 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Coolgardie
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Bonnie Vale is an abandoned goldfields townsite 14 km north of Coolgardie in Western Australia.

The town was gazetted in 1897. It was apparently named after Bonnie, a prospector who picked up a 7 oz troy (220 g) nugget here in May/June 1894.

It is famous as the site of the Varischetti mine rescue of 1907, when Italian gold miner Modesto Varischetti was trapped for nine days in a mine when it was flooded after a thunderstorm. Varischetti survived in an air pocket until rescued. A diver using deep-sea diving equipment located Varischetti five days after the mine was flooded, and provided him with food, candles and letters of encouragement.

It serves as the railway station for Coolgardie on the Prospector Perth to Kalgoorlie passenger service.

Rail services

The Prospector service, which runs each way between East Perth and Kalgoorlie once or twice each day, stops at Bonnie Vale.

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