Kalgoorlie and Goldfields

Goldfields promotional video by Goldfields Tourism Network on YouTube.

Kalgoorlie Boulder and the Goldfields offer a real Australian outback adventure and a fascinating insight into the region’s colourful gold rush history.

The towns and small communities of the Goldfields were built on the hopes and dreams of fortune-seekers who flocked to Western Australia following the discovery of gold in the 1890s. Life was tough for these early gold diggers, with disease and lawlessness widespread. But while multimillion-dollar mining corporations have replaced the smaller gold prospecting operators, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been transformed into a modern cosmopolitan town, reminders of the wild and vibrant early days are everywhere you look.

Historic buildings, character pubs and even the brothels of Kalgoorlie-Boulder are remnants of more than a century of gold rush history. While across the Western Australian outback, the ghost towns of Leonora and Gwalia tell the story of early gold prospecting dreams that have long been abandoned.

You can still try your luck at gold prospecting and fossicking here, or you can discover the region’s diverse natural riches found in the tranquil eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains, dry lake beds, low lying scrub land and spinifex fields. As well as being home to a huge number and wide variety of bird species, the threatened bilby, chuditch, mallee fowl and dunnart thrive here.

This natural bounty, combined with its striking landscapes, gold rush heritage and Indigenous history, make the Goldfields a truly unique Australian outback getaway.

Why not start your journey of discovery at the Hannans North Tourist Mine and follow the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, leading you from Kalgoorlie-Boulder through Coolgardie and Laverton and deep into the Goldfields.

Kalgoorlie Boulder

Discover Kalgoorlie-Boulder, or Kalgoorlie as it is more commonly known, the largest city in the Australian Outback – search for Kalgoorlie accommodation and explore the city’s fascinating gold rush heritage and modern tourist attractions. View more

Coolgardie and Kambalda

Coolgardie and Kambalda are a leisurely drive south west of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia - Coolgardie was the birthplace of the gold rush, while Kambalda was Australia’s first nickel town built in the 1960s. View more

Northern Goldfields

Enjoy a real Australian outback adventure in Western Australia’s Northern Goldfields - situated north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the region includes the quintessential outback towns of Sandstone, Wiluna, Leonora, Menzies, Kookynie, Laverton and Warburton. View more

Goldfields national parks and reserves

The outback national parks and reserves of the Goldfields region are characterised by golden plains, eucalypt forests, freshwater swamps and salt lakes and are surprisingly rich in plant and animal life. View more


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