Located in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia, Kalgoorlie Boulder is situated 590 kilometres inland of Perth. The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning
“Place of the silky pears”.
Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is Australia’s largest outback city with a population of more than 30,000 people. It is the largest urban centre in the Goldfields region and the fifth-largest in Western Australia.
There is nowhere else in Australia quite like the historic town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. ‘Kal’, as the locals call it, was born during the 1880s gold rush. At that time thousands of starry-eyed prospectors made the journey east of Perth to seek their fortunes. Unlike most gold mining towns, which last for as little as a couple of years, Kalgoorlie has survived and prospered. Kalgoorlie’s economy has been driven by gold since 1893.
The main street, Hannan Street, is awash with glorious buildings all bearing testament to the wealth that has been generated. It is a city to be explored and savoured. Within the city and surrounding areas there is a wealth of things to see and do.
Today Kalgoorlie is a unique expression of the potency of gold fever and the wealth generated by this valuable metal. Modern Kalgoorlie is far removed from the town as described around the end of the 19th century. “When we stepped from the train at Kalgoorlie, we saw a scattered array of wooden and galvanised iron houses. In the near distance we could see the towering poppet heads of the widely known Great Boulder mine. The din created by the revolving hammers of the ever-active stamping machinery assailed our ears as an indescribable uproar. But beyond the dust and smoke of these nature-combating engines of civilisation was the open desert. It was dotted with stunted mulga and mallee growths, shimmered back into the horizon.”