Kalgoorlie is not only the largest outback city in the entire country, but is one of the most famous gold mining locations in the world. When the metal was first discovered in Kalgoorlie by Paddy Hannan in 1893, it started one of the most prosperous mining ventures the country had seen. This included the founding of Australia's Golden Mile - the richest square mile on the globe, according to the Goldfields Tourism network.
To get there, simply fly just over an hour from Perth. If you'd prefer a more down-to-earth approach to travel, you can complete the Perth to Kalgoorlie drive in around six and a half hours; otherwise one of the most popular ways to reach Kalgoorlie is by train, and the high-speed Prospector service will get you to Kalgoorlie in under 7 hours.
Weather in Kalgoorlie
The weather in Kalgoorlie is what you would expect from an outback city. Lovers of sunshine and loathers of rainfall will adore the place, as temperatures frequently rise above 30 degrees Celsius in the summertime, but never brings rain with it. February has the highest average rainfall of the year, but that is only 31 millimetres - so perhaps leave your umbrella at home.
Mining attractions of Kalgoorlie
As you can expect, Kalgoorlie has some great gold mining attractions. Start by visiting the largest open pit mine in the entire country, the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) Super Pit. With a tour booked through Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters, relax on an air-conditioned bus as you are taken down into the pit to witness the operation for yourself. You'll see numerous aspects of the pit, both modern and historical, and be amazed at how it produces up to 850,000 ounces (24 tonnes) of gold every year.
For more mining tours and history, you should also visit the Hannans North Tourist Mine. Here you can take pictures next to and clamber onto massive loaders and dump trucks, as well as take a self-guided walking tour listening to the tale of Paddy Hannan. The Western Australian Museum also has a branch in Kalgoorlie, offering a unique insight into the history of the area, in addition to a look at the state's largest gold bar collection.
Tours of the region itself are also a must-do in Kalgoorlie. With a company such as Big Sky Red Earth, you can experience the range of natural attractions in and around the city for a once-in-a-lifetime outback experience. The tours can include fascinating rock formations, historical steel statues, staying overnight in a bush pub and/or visiting eerie ghost towns.
Accommodation in Kalgoorlie
During your visit, make sure you stay at the ibis Styles Kalgoorlie to experience one of the best Kalgoorlie mid-range hotels. With 100 air-conditioned bedrooms to choose from, this ibis Styles is right in the heart of town, within walking distance to plenty of bus stops and the Western Australian Museum. The hotel also has its own outdoor swimming pool, so you can cool off on those hot summer days, and a fantastic on-site bar and restaurant.