Outback Towns

Kalgoorlie

Australia's largest outback city!

About Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie – The Golden Mile

‘Kal’ was born amid the 1880s gold rush when gold fever drew prospecters from around the world.

In 1893 rich alluvial gold deposits were discovered near Mount Charlotte. The three Irish gold prospectors credited with the discovery were Paddy Hannan, Dan Shea and Tom Flanagan. Paddy Hannan later reported discovering 8 pounds of gold nuggets to the mining warden in Coolgardie, and within a matter of days 700 gold diggers were frantically pegging out mining claims around Kalgoorlie. By 1903 the town boasted a population of 30,000, along with 93 hotels and 8 breweries. There was said to be ‘A pub on every corner’.

Kalgoorlie Attractions

Today, vibrant Hannan Street is lined with pubs, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants.

There’s the Hannan railway station and the Hannan Hotel where you can drink a pint ofHannan lager.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit Mine

Today the Golden Mile continues to be actively worked by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. The three and a half km long, one and a half km wide open-cut mine where 800,000 ounces of gold is produced each year is mind-blowing.

Both Kalgoorlie and its twin town, Boulder, are packed with grand old buildings.

Step back in time to the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame – a historic precinct with prospector’s campsite and heritage buildings.

Check out the Flying Doctor Visitor Centre.

Kal rocks with festivities in September, when crowds flock to watch the famous horse race, the Boulder to Kalgoorlie Cup.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs