Strike gold in Australia’s largest outback city, where history meets striking desert landscapes.

This vibrant hub in Western Australia’s Goldfields has seen a steady stream of visitors since gold was discovered in the region over 125 years ago.

The ‘Golden Mile’ was once the richest square mile in the country, and to this day the region remains the largest producer of gold in the country.

The remnants of a bygone era also remain - museums here burst with stories of the gold rush, and city streets are lined with grandiose colonial architecture that will make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

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Kalgoorlie is a true oasis in the desert. Here are some of the best activities and attractions for your stay.

  • Tee off at Kalgoorlie Golf Course. Ranked among Australia’s top public courses, it also marks the first two holes of Nullarbor Links - the world’s longest golf course stretching along the Eyre Highway. 
  • Watch a working gold mine in action at the Super Pit Lookout - contact the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre for blast times.
  • Take a drive to Lake Ballard to the Inside Australia salt bed installation featuring 51 sculptures by acclaimed artist Antony Gormley.
  • Pick up a map and take a tour of street art in the heart of Kalgoorlie with a Heartwalk self guided walk.
  • Go on a real outback adventure along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail - spanning over 900 kilometres through gold rush sites, pubs and outback landmarks.
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Where to go

Stay in town or venture out and discover history, stunning landscapes, outback art and even gold rush ghost towns in this fascinating region.


With a sizeable population and a long pioneering history, you’ll find a mixture of old and new in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

You can’t visit town without exploring the stories and sites of the gold rush. Join an organised tour, or visit the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre and guide yourself through museums, galleries and attractions - including the Museum of the Goldfields which houses the biggest collection of gold bars and nuggets in the state.

By night the popular Hannan Street is where you’ll find buzzing bars, restaurants and nightclubs - or drive to Mount Charlotte Lookout for a breathtaking view over Kalgoorlie’s historic streetscapes and twinkling skyline for sunset. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of one of the famous electrical storms that commonly decorate the night sky.

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The Goldfields

There’s plenty of beauty in this outback region. Hire a car and hit the road to discover historic towns and stunning desert landscapes - and if you visit between July and October you might be lucky enough to see colourful wildflowers along your way.

A two hour drive north from Kalgoorlie you’ll find Lake Ballard and Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, Inside Australia. The incredible installation of 51 sculptures inside a salt bed by artist Antony Gormley is a sight you’ll never forget.

Also North of Kalgoorlie are the historic mining towns of Kookynie and Gwalia. Stop in Kookynie and have lunch or a cold beer at the quintessentially Australian Grand Hotel, or explore the streets of abandoned buildings in Gwalia ghost town for a glimpse of life in a bygone era.

Quick facts

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Kalgoorlie is located on the edge of the desert, meaning it experiences a hot summer climate with mild winters. Average temperatures in winter fall between 5ºC
and 17ºC with summers enjoying average temperatures between 18ºC and 34ºC.

Getting around

From the airport

Kalgoorlie Airport is located approximately six kilometres from the city centre. A taxi rank can be found just outside the domestic terminal.

In and around the city

The TransGoldfields bus network services the city and neighbouring towns, or rent a car and explore the wider outback region. If you plan to cover a lot of distance by car, then be sure to visit the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre beforehand and plan accordingly.

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