Kalgoorlie is the other half of the Kalgoorlie, Boulder twin city title. The big sister that is. Kalgoorlie is the next major town encounted when heading east towards Perth. The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning "place of the silky pears".
Kalgoorlie is a mining town, but unlike its Broken Hill (NSW) its mining city comparator, Kalgoorlie is a somewhat reckless young person’s place of ‘entertainment’. Boulder on the other hand, though only a minute away is conservative by comparison.
Kalgoorlie is also a very rich city, and to this day the Golden Mile is intact. Gold is quite an aphrodisiac. The town was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the so-called "Golden Mile".
In January 1893, prospectors Patrick (Paddy) Hannan, Tom Flanagan, and Dan O'Shea were traveling to Mount Youle when one of their horses cast a shoe. During the halt in their journey, the men noticed signs of gold in the area, and decided to stay put. The mining of gold, along with other metals such as nickel, has been a major industry in Kalgoorlie ever since. The concentrated area of large gold mines surrounding the original Hannan find is often referred to as the Golden Mile, and is considered by some to be the richest square mile of earth on the planet.
The Nullarbor Golf Links concludes ( or starts) in Kalgoolie.