Population: Approx 32,500
Kalgoorlie- Boulder and the Goldfields offer a real Australian outback adventure and a fascinating insight into the region’s colourful gold rush history.
The towns and small communities of the Goldfields were built on the hopes and dreams of fortune-seekers who flocked to Western Australia following the discovery of gold in the 1890s. Life was tough for these early gold diggers, with disease and lawlessness widespread. But while multimillion-dollar mining corporations have replaced the smaller gold prospecting operators, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been transformed into a modern cosmopolitan town, reminders of the wild and vibrant early days are everywhere you look.
Historic buildings, character pubs and even the brothels of Kalgoorlie-Boulder are remnants of more than a century of gold rush history. While across the Western Australian outback, the ghost towns of Leonora & Gwalia tell the story of early gold prospecting dreams that have long been abandoned.
Try your hand at panning for gold, visit the Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard or have an icy cold beverage at the historic Ora Banda or Kookynie Hotel and view or tour the Super Pit, once of the largest open-cut mines in the world.
Climate: Average temperatures range from 18 degrees in winter to 32 degrees in Summer.
Distances from Kalgoorlie: Esperance 435km, Perth 595km, Hyden (Wave Rock) 360km, Leonora 237km,