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.

Kalgoorlie once boasted 30 Hotels. Nowadays the number is about half that. All over 100 years old.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are both century old grand classics. The United likewise is 100 old.

The Kalgoorlie War Memorial is located next to the Railway Station. The Vietnam Memorial and gardens are quite something. Be sure to do the Rotary Kokoda Walk.

The Kalgoorlie Museum gives a really great insight into the cities rich history. The Museum is a must visit. The Racing Museum could not be located on a Sunday.

The Nullarbor Golf Links concludes ( or starts) in Kalgoolie.

Allow a few days when visiting this quite dynamic city and region.

Heritage diary







Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course