On the summit of Mt Wells, the old firewatcher's hut provides views from its fire tower. The hut itself, which is a replica of the original that was destroyed in bush fires of 1961, has been converted to a Bibbulmun Track shelter. Here, walkers can experience something of bygone times, when the firewatchers would spend months living in the hut, keeping a look out for bushfires. On the southern side of Mount Wells, walkers may hear the sounds from the Boddington Gold Mine - now one of Australia's largest open pit gold mines.
Newmont Boddington Gold mine site is located within the Saddleback greenstone belt in Western Australia. A large gold and copper mine, the site is located 16 km from the rural farming town of Boddington and 120 km from Western Australia's capital city, Perth.
Boddington was a three-way joint venture between Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti and Newcrest. In 2009, Newmont purchased AngloGold Ashanti's shares to become the sole owner of Boddington. Commercial production began in 2009, and in March 2011 the operation produced it's first one million ounces of gold.