Kalgoorlie - or Kalgoorlie Boulder as it is commonly known - is Australia's largest Outback City and former gold rush site. Today it is a modern and thriving destination, with its own distinct culture and welcoming atmosphere. Easily accessible from Perth, Kalgoorlie is becoming increasingly popular with tourists who long to experience a different side to Australia. Whilst the town itself offers myriad modern attractions, it offers access to some of the country’s most remote landmarks and areas of natural beauty.
Thanks to an influx of tourism in recent years, Kalgoorlie now offers visitors a great deal of choice when it comes to places to stay. Whilst there are numerous hotels and guest houses in the area, those visiting the city for an extended period may find serviced apartments offer a more comfortable solution. These properties offer a kind of home-from-home environment, complete with a full range of mod-cons and kitchen facilities, whilst also providing many of the benefits of a traditional hotel - such as room cleaning and reception services. Whether you are seeking corporate housing or a luxury apartment, having your own private space offers the most convenient and relaxing way to enjoy Kalgoorlie.
Kalgoorlie Boulder has done a lot to shake off its mining town image in recent years, as such the city centre is now full of fashionable cafes and thriving nightspots, as well as plenty of modern entertainments, including shopping facilities, a cinema complex and attractions such as escape rooms, extreme sports and various pop-up activities.
Those visiting Kalgoorlie will, however, find that the city is proud to display its heritage and many of the more cultural and historical attractions are intrinsically linked to its role during the gold rush and its current position as an important mining settlement. There are plenty of museums and interactive exhibits offering an insight into the history of the settlement, as well as opportunities to visit actual working mines.
There are also plenty of outdoor activities on offer - whether you want to enjoy a stroll in one of the beautiful city parks, or take on something a little more adventurous with a trip into the Outback. Professional guides offer excursions exploring some of the most remote places on earth, as well as the chance to learn about Australia’s indigenous culture and the incredible natural diversity that exists just a short journey from the city centre.
Visitors to Kalgoorlie won't be found wanting when it comes to great places to eat. For no-frills local dishes, there are places like Zach-Harry's Place, Monty’s Restaurant and the Star & Garter. Alternatively, for something a little more refined, there’s Katherine Station Restaurant at Best Western or Prime West Grill. The city also boasts plenty of international cuisines, such as Lemongrass Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine.
Whilst Kalgoorlie may not offer the sprawling shopping complexes found in the coastal cities, it nonetheless offers a good selection of retailers - most of which are conveniently located on or around Brookman Street. Kalgoorlie Central is the main shopping centre, hosting around fifteen retailers, ranging from independent fashion stores to homewares and perishable goods. There are also several independent craft shops nearby, such as Fossick Handmade and Vinnies Kalgoorlie.
The biggest attractions unique to Kalgoorlie are linked to its mining heritage. The Super Pit is an awe-inspiring viewpoint that looks out over one of Australia’s largest gold mines. There’s also Hannans North Tourist Mine, which gives visitors the chance to get up close with machinery and tools used in the trade. Those seeking some outdoor activities also have the options of Hammond Park, Karlkurla Bushland Park or Usher Park - all of which offer plenty of green spaces as well as nature reserves or conservation areas.
Kalgoorlie is reasonably compact and most of the attractions are either centrally located or have a dedicated shuttle service. Therefore, it’s easy enough to get around by walking or by bicycle. However, the city does operate a safe and reliable bus service, covering the major locations, such as Hammond Park, St Barbaras Square and Palace Chambers. There are also a few taxi firms operating locally, though these are often only required for those travelling to more remote residential areas.
Mining is the major driver in the Kalgoorlie economy - particularly gold, with Goldfields NDT, North Eastern Goldfields Exploration and Saracen Mineral Holdings being some of the major players. Tourism is also playing an increasingly important role, with more and more tour operators setting up to offer trips into the Outback. Finally, the city is also home to several specialist manufacturers, such as Haul Supreme, P & S Sprinworks, and Bradken.
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