Kalgoorlie is not known as Australia’s Outback City for no reason! This historical city is part of Western Australia’s Goldfields-Esperance region. It’s located 370 miles north-east of Perth. If you’re into Australia’s gold rush history, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is pure gold. Not to miss!
Explore the Karlkula Bushland Park
This 200-hectare natural bushland is a treasure trove of Goldfields plants and animals. Challenge yourself to long bushwalks and enjoy an impromptu picnic along the 4 kilometer walk trail. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Katunga Lookout.
Explore the Red Hill
At Kambalda, be sure to take your camera up to the Red Hill Lookout. It’s a nice, scenic walk up to the lookout, a pleasure in itself. From here you can enjoy a great view of Lake Lefroy, which used to be part of the Goldfields’ ancient river system.
Visit the Cave Hill Nature Reserve
Among the many granite outcrops in the Goldfields Region, Cave Hill takes the cake for being the highest and the largest. Visitors throng to this place to explore the historic wood-line dams and the spectacular ancient cave formations. There are several exciting bushwalking trails around here, as well as picnic and camping facilities.
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Visit the Burra Rock Conservation Park
Climb up to the Burra Rock summit and enjoy the spectacular view of gimlet, redwood and salmon gum trees. If you look, you’ll find plenty of evidence of historical timber cutters’ bush railways and camps here. There’s a famous historical dam and water catchment here, worth a look.
Check Out Historical Hotels And Bars
The gold rush brought men by the scores to Kalgoorlie. Of course, to entertain the men, many burlesque hotels and bars came up. Many of these still stand – though they operate as regular hotels now. Check out Broken Hill Hotel, Caledonia House, de Bernales Tavern (formerly Victoria Tavern) and others.
Explore the Victoria Rock Nature Reserve
The Victoria Rock Nature Reserve is chock full of exciting, natural-looking geological rock formations. There are also several aboriginal “gnammas”- rock holes that housed ancient aboriginals. Be sure to climb the large granite outcrop for panoramic views of the woodlands around you.
Visit the Super Pit
This 3.6 kilometer long, 1.6 kilometer wide open-cut gold mine was dug by Alan Bond, a historical miner. This huge pit is still operational. You can climb into the visitor center that overlooks it, and get a glimpse into the workings of a real-to-goodness gold mine.
Explore the Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park
Here you’ll find a semi-permanent freshwater wetland, the perfect home for exotic birds of all kinds. Birdwatchers will have a great time in this park. Such a wetland is unusual in this arid outback, so if you’re into geological abnormalities, you’d love to check it out.
Explore the Golden Quest Discovery Trail
If you are an adrenaline Junkie, get into a 4WD and drive through this 965-kilometer stretch of goldfields. You’ll come across old mining towns and cemeteries. Enjoy coming across monuments of Australia’s most exciting gold discovery period. Each of the 25 sites has full color sections explaining the conditions of the time. There are also detailed maps and dramatized stories of the gold rush era on CDs.