#1 Hannans North Tourist Mine
If you’re visiting Western Australia, you can’t go past the Tourist Mine at Hannans North, where the Western Australian Gold Rush erupted from. Take a walk around the mines and historic mining buildings, and even pan for gold–your holiday might just pay for itself! Immerse yourself in the old mining campsites, then experience the contrast to mining in its modern form as you get up close and personal with giant 793C haul trucks and 994F loaders! The perfect experience to accompany number two on our list.
#2 The Super Pit
The word ‘super’ is not used lightly- this pit can be seen from space! At 3.7km by 1.5km, and roughly half a kilometre deep, this pit is the amalgamation of multiple mines which sprung up in the Gold Rush from 1893, after Paddy Hannan filed the first claim for gold. Catch it on the right day and you can witness the blasting take place, or just marvel the massive expanse in front of you, with monstrous trucks suddenly looking like ants scurrying around the nest.
#3 The WA Museum of the Goldfields
Here is Western Australia’s largest display of gold bars and nuggets, head down and check out the vault then head up the Ivanhoe headframe and get a view of Kalgoorlie from the top of a headframe, presented alongside interactive and engaging re-enactments and actual historic settings, so you can immerse yourself in the lifestyle that so many Western Australians endured, in the hopes of striking it big.
#4 Mt Charlotte Reservoir and lookout
Mount Charlotte Reservoir Lookout is known as one of Australia’s most amazing engineering feats “The Golden Pipeline” which has brought water, the most precious resource of all, to the Goldfields since 1903.Follow this epic water pipeline on its 563 km journey all the way from Mundaring Weir (in the Perth Hills), through the Wheatbelt to Kalgoorlie Boulder in the Goldfields. Stand at the summit and marvel at the engineering genius of the pipeline’s founding father, CY O’Connor
#5 Hammond Park
For a peaceful oasis, Kalgoorlie’s best kept secret is Hammond Park. The lush greenery and ponds make this park a destination for people and animals alike, with the surrounding animal sanctuaries meaning you might spot a kangaroo, emu, or colourful birdlife over your coffee!
#6 Karlkurla Bushland Park
Tie up your laces, this 200 hectare bushland park is full of walking tracks to take you through a peaceful stroll of red dirt and Aussie bush, with information boards about the local flora and fauna. Pronounced ‘garl- gurl-a’, it is the Aboriginal name for the silky pear, one of the many varieties of Australian you will learn about along the 4km stretch of Aussie heartland.
#7 Kalgoorlie Boulder Audio Tour
Take the day to explore Kalgoorlie with a self-guided audio tour, which will take you through many of the towns attractions and historical talking points, while moving at your own pace. Engaging and informative, it’s a relaxing way to become acquainted with the town and get all the highlights in!
#8 Kalgoorlie Boulder Town Hall
Stop in and admire the internal architecture, lovingly preserved and enthusiastically explained to you by a knowledgeable guide. As an old gold mining town, the town hall is luxuriously fitted with red velvets and decorative balconies, and the old paintings and finishing touches make it an eerily regal experience.
#9 Eastern Goldfields Historical Society
Our Society is a non-profit organisation run mostly by volunteers dedicated to the collection and preservation of Goldfields history. Each year, members share this history by helping hundreds of visitors and researchers learn about the region and the people who built it.
#10 Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitors Centre
If you’re in Kalgoorlie and need a nudge in the right direction, or a local opinion, go down and ask at the visitor’s centre for a hand. The staff are helpful and really love their town, and you can pick up some great souvenirs to take home too!