If you are planning a trip in Kalgoorlie, don’t miss on these spots and activities our Kalgoorlie team recommends!
Looking for gold!
Famously known for the gold rush in the 1900’s, Kalgoorlie offers a number of prospecting and fossicking services allowing you to hunt for gold and more. Activities can include prospecting for minerals, fossicking rocks and gemstones, mineral testing, camping and sampling. To participate in prospecting or fossicking there are a few golden rules to follow you will also require a mining permit, a 40E permit and written permission from tenement holder. There are plenty of things to see around Kalgoorlie but it is high recommended that you try your luck searching for that buried treasure.
Museum of the Goldfields
For a trip back in time and to see where it all began, the Museum of the Goldfields is the place to be. The Museum showcases some of WA’s most prestigious heritage displaying the largest collection of gold bars and nuggets in the state, a unique range of historic buildings including Miners Cottage, Woodline Police Office and British Arms Hotel. Discover the life and hardships of what prospectors endured in search for this invaluable metal. The venue is open from 10am to 3pm daily and is perfect for an educational family day out.
Heartwalk Art Trail
Currently on display in the heart of the Kalgoorlie CBD are over 60 pieces of art that have been collated over the last 2 years by local and visiting artists in a bid to transform the CBD into a lively and cultural arts precinct. The walk is approximately 4km long and can take roughly 3 hours to complete with plenty of pit stops along the way including cafes and restaurants to reenergize. As we enter the warmer months, the Heartwalk Art Trail is the perfect time to soak up the sun’s rays and enjoy the outdoors.
Super Pit Tour
The Super Pit is Australia’s largest gold producing mine and is available to the public through their surreal Super Pit tours. Experience the mine up close and personal from the safety of a minibus as they take you through the Fimiston Milling Plant, viewing old mine shafts, modern mining machinery in action and a breath taking view of the entire pit. Approaching a 793C dump truck from the bus really puts it into perspective of just the sheer vastness and size of not only the pit but every cog that contributes to the operation of the mine. The tours are available Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Kalgoorlie Scenic Flights
This is not for the faint-hearted or those who are afraid of heights but if you are daring enough, then the Kalgoorlie scenic flights are sure to impress even the toughest of critics. Each flight is personalised and catered to you and can include breathtaking views of the Super Pit, Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, Hannan Street and Mount Charlotte. Contact Goldfields Air Services for more information on how to book flights.
Epic New 4WD Track, The MundAl
Thanks to the WA 4WD Association, the completion of a 3500km extension from Albany to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on to Mingenew and Mount Magnet, and back to Mundaring will be available for all daring 4×4 adventurers to tackle.
The start of the track will begin from Perth to Albany, giving it a total track length of 4200km and will take you through the Goldfields, Mid West, Wheatbelt and Great Southern.
All will be unveiled at this years Perth 4WD and Adventure Show in November, with further waypoints to be added along the way.
The track is mostly made up of unsealed roads, bitumen, station tracks and existing drives including the John Holland track, and will take up to 6 weeks to complete.null
Located at Memorial Drive, West Lamington.
Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm, daily.
If you’re searching for the best picnic spot in Kalgoorlie, look no further. Hammond Park is a hidden oasis of lush greenery tucked away in the middle of the outback. Home to many different species of native birds and animals, which can be seen when visiting the park, provides the perfect picnic spot amongst the wildlife.
Lay down a picnic rug, chuck a snag on the barbie or get up close and personal with kangaroos, emus and peacocks in the animal sanctuary, Hammond Park is the perfect place for a family day out.
Hannans North Tourist Mine
Opening hours:9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Located at 130 Goldfields Hwy, Mullingar, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia 6430
You can’t visit Kalgoorlie and not check out Hannans North Tourist Mine. Rich in gold rush history and modern mining, experience what it’s like to climb a giant 793C haul truck, stand in the shovel of a 994F loader or try your luck and pan for gold. After you’re done exploring, it’s time for lunch, with free BBQ facilities and plenty of picnic seating area in the Garden of Remembrance for you and the kids.
Kalgoorlie Town Hall
Guided tours now available on Monday (excluding public holidays) and Wednesday at 10.30am, costs $5 per person.
Located at 316 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie.
One of Kalgoorlie’s major landmarks is the City’s Town Hall. Originally built as a state-of-the-art theater in 1908, the building’s interior features a grand facade rich with interior decorations and reflects one of the towns during a period of immense wealth and civic pride during the 1900’s gold rush. Upstairs you’ll find the Sporting Hall of Fame, with photographs of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s sporting heroes, alongside memorabilia of historic events of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
If you like destinations that are off the beaten tracks, read on our activity guide for Newman. For Perth residents, we have a few spots for you to check out that do need you to fly out so are even day-trips.