Backpacking Kalgoorlie & Boulder

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    CHECK OUT THE HUGE 320M DEEP AND 3KM LONG GOLDEN MILE SUPER PIT GOLD MINE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    TAKE A FASCINATING UNDERGROUND MINING TOUR: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    MEET SOME REAL AUSSIE CHARACTERS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Kalgoorlie & Boulder Highlights

  • Head to the Golden Mile Super Pit Lookout to view the awesome 320 metres deep, about 3km long and 1.4km wide, massive man-made hole in the ground where you can see the operations of a working gold mine.

  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor's Visitor Centre, which provides an excellent insight into the operations of the Service.

  • Go underground, pan for gold, walk through the historic precinct and immerse yourself in the modern mining industry at the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame.

  • Visit the Western Australia Museum, which showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city's mining heritage.

  • Head out of town and experience the harsh outback landscape of the Great Victoria Desert and the Nullarbor

  • Visit nearby towns with their historic buildings or visit some of the ghost towns in the region.

About Kalgoorlie & Boulder

Population 30,000

The twin cities of Kalgoorlie and Boulder are still prospering strongly on what they were originally established for, gold mining. More than a century after gold was discovered, the regions gold mines are still running strong and are still the largest producer of gold in Australia, with 25 gold mines in operation.

Kalgoorlie/Boulder offers many attractions for visitors, such as the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, which is a new interactive and educational facility that highlights the past, present and future of the Australian mining industry. You could visit the Western Australia Museum, the Flying Doctor's Visitor Centre or galleries that feature Aboriginal and Goldfields art.

Probably one of the most popular attractions is the Golden Mile Super Pit Lookout. Here you can watch the daily operations of the enormous open cut gold mine from a platform lookout.

There are also tour operators available in the twin cities, which provide Aboriginal bush tours, 4WD tours, Goldrush tours and Australian Outback tours, along with various other tours.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is also a good base to explore other areas in the goldfields region. You can experience the harsh outback landscape of the Great Victoria Desert and the Nullarbor. Visit nearby towns of Norseman and Coolgardie, which offer a range of historic buildings. The town of Kambalda is a good example of a mining town. You can also visit some of the ghost towns in the region, such as Gwalia and Kookynie.

Orientation Map for Kalgoorlie & Boulder

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Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre

316 Hannan Street
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Phone 1800 00 4653