We’re out of the city, over the line, boots in the red dirt — and we love the endless options and freedoms that come with road trips around Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields...
Driving into the heart of Kalgoorlie tells its story. Prospector Caravan Park and Goldminer Caravan Park Golden Village. Miner’s Rest Motel and The View on Hannans motel.
A sign announces “Kalgoorlie since 1893”, when Paddy Hannan found gold near here. His statue is outside the Town Hall, which was built in 1908.
There used to be a pub on every corner, and at the big crossroads at the top of Hannan Street, the Exchange Hotel still faces off with the Palace.
I look out over the city from Mt Charlotte, near where Paddy with his mates Dan Shea and Thomas Flanagan found their first alluvial gold. It is also where the water pipeline from Mundaring ends.
And from here there’s a good view over this boom-and-bust, wild west town.
The Golden Mile of Kalgoorlie is one of the richest gold deposits in the world. There are “gold town” discovery tours, Super Pit tours, and more. Or see KCGM’s Super Pit, one of Australia’s biggest open pit gold mines, from the air with Goldfields Air Services. Super Pit is approximately 3.5km long, 1.5km wide and 370m deep at the moment. Blasting occurs regularly and can be watched from the public lookout, which is open from 7am to 7pm daily. Hannans North Tourist Mine mixes gold rush history and modern day mining.
I’d chat to the helpful folk at the Kalgoorlie Visitor Centre, who can advise and make bookings (including for accommodation and caravan parks). kalgoorlietourism.com and 9021 1966
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