Kalgoorlie - Boulder City - Kalgoorlie, WA

379 km east of Perth

Kalgoorlie, a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, is located 595 kms east-north-east of the state captial Perth.

The city was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the so-called "Golden Mile".

Known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the city fringes the site of a huge gold mine. Kalgoorlie has had a huge impact on Australia’s history. The gold rush days have created a city that has grown into a busy commercial centre. This is the fifth largest city in Western Australia

Kalgoorlie is still an active mining town. The 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide vast super pit produces about 800,000 ounces of gold a year.

The main wide thoroughfare, Hannan Street is named after Patrick Hannan who, with a fellow-prospector named Flanningan, first discovered gold in the locality in June 1893. For many years afterwards, Kalgoorlie was known only as ‘Hannan's’ and, to perpetuate his memory, a statue of Hannan holding a water-bag has been erected in front of the Town Hall. An interesting tour of about two hours' duration can be taken around Kalgoorlie and Boulder to Boulder Block, where all the mines of interest can be seen by the traveler, visiting on the return journey the Brown Hill Mine and the spot where Hannan made his discovery.


Accommodation options in Kalgoorlie include original gold-rush hotels, family holiday parks, motels, caravan parks, campsites and hostels.
The city is famous for its heritage listed buildings, old gold miners' surrounding ghost towns, colourful pubs and excellent restaurants . It offers underground tours into the arid hinterland that surrounds the city. One of the hotel bars has an entry from an underground mine shaft.

You can experience the living history of the gold rush through the magnificent colonial architecture of Kalgoorlie that includes the Town Hall, Post Office and Government Buildings complex.

You can also visit the Flying Doctor's Visitor Centre, and galleries that features Aboriginal and Goldfields art.

See the cottages, huts and shops of the dusty ghost town of Gwalia, a former gold-mining town.

Explore a prospector's campsite and heritage buildings in the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.

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Kalgoorlie, WA, 6430