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George Harrison Park is located in the western suburb of Riverlea, on the corner of Main Reef and Nasrec Road. The site was originally a part of the farm Langlaagte, a name synonymous with Johannesburg’s mining history. Gold was discovered there in March 1886, on what proved to be the largest goldfield site in the world. It was a moment that changed the destiny of the country forever and gave rise to the largest and most vibrant city in South Africa.

Discoverer's Claim

The park is located on the site where the first mine shaft in Johannesburg was sunk and was named after George Harrison who was an Australian and one of the best prospectors at that time. Harrison was awarded a Discoverer’s Claim for his part in the discovery.


You can still see two of the original shafts in the park, but for safety reasons the public are not allowed to venture down them. The inclined shaft that was the access to the underground workings also still remains.

Stamp Battery Mill

The original 10-stamp battery mill that was used to crush the ore on site has been removed and is on display in the mining district in Main Street, in Johannesburg.

Paarl Camp

To the north, across Main Reef Road, lies one of Johannesburg’s first mining settlements, Paarl Camp, which was later renamed Paarlshoop.

Planned Improvements

The area, with its sweeping views of the city, is set to undergo dramatic changes with the following activities planned to preserve its heritage value :

  • Mining headgear and viewing deck
  • A museum, showcasing the area’s historical value
  • Designated pathways surrounded by lush grass and trees
  • A small play area for children


The park is locked but entrance can be arranged by phoning +27 11 375 5555. 

It is recommended that you go to the park in a group.

Contact details

City Parks & Zoo

Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo
 P O Box 2824
 Johannesburg, 2000

Tel: +27 11 712 6600

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