Digging for Gold in Kalgoorlie, WA
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Strike gold in Australia’s largest outback city, where history meets 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.
Kalgoorlie is a true oasis in the desert. Whether you choose to stay in town or venture further out into this fascinating region, there’s a range of accommodation options to choose from. The popular Hannan Street is where you’ll find a mix of contemporary hotels including the Best Western, Rydges and ibis Kalgoorlie for an easy stroll to one of the many restaurants and lively bars.
For a more historic property feel, look no further than the York or Albion hotels to experience warm country hospitality. If you’re looking for the convenience of an on-site restaurant or cafe steakhouse, opt to stay in one of the laid back motels in the mining town. If you’re travelling through the historic town in a campervan to explore The Goldfields and stunning desert landscapes – an easy option is to spend the night at one of the campsites or holiday parks.
You can’t visit the region 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.
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.
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.