Home to a rich Indigenous and gold mining history, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is Australia’s largest Outback city and an urban gateway to the goldfields. Kalgoorlie Boulder features an array of historic architecture, a bustling monthly market and charming pubs constantly thrumming with live music.
Things to do
Begin your Kalgoorlie-Boulder holiday by immersing yourself in the city’s gold mining history at the Museum of the Goldfields. Here you can explore historic artefacts and recreated living quarters, along with photos and stories from the gold rush era. Afterwards, head over to the Hannans North Tourist Mine to sit in a giant mining truck and pan for gold.
Keen golfers should visit the Kalgoorlie Golf Course, which boasts an 18-hole course of pristine greens and challenging sand and water traps. Grab a drink at the on-site Waterhole Bar and Bistro after your round. The golf course is next to Karlkurla Bushland Park, one of the best spots for a quiet walk through native Western Australia trees and animals. It’s also got a lookout tower with panoramic countryside views.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s main shopping and dining centres around Hannan Street, where you can find international restaurants, inviting cafes and boutiques. Check out Kalgoorlie Jewellery Studio for beautiful jewellery including gold pieces crafted from gold found around the city. Hannan Street Bakery, meanwhile, is perfect for picking up a sweet treat or pastry.
Time your visit with the popular Boulder Market, held on the third Sunday of every month. You can browse local stalls selling unique gifts, fresh produce, jewellery, clothing and games. There’s also live music for entertainment, or you can visit the Arts Centre to see touring musicals and plays.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder is connected to Perth via the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, which has daily flights and is only 5.5 kilometres from the city centre. You can get around town via local buses and taxis or drive your own vehicle to explore further afield.
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