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LOCAL EXPERT TIP
“We take visitors on a loop
going to Kunanalling Pub ruins
then onto Rowles Lagoon for a
picnic lunch and then finishing
at Ora Banda Pub for a drink
before heading home.”
Alison Seymour, Kalgoorlie
Drop in on
316 Hannan Street,
(08) 9021 1966
Z We offer a self-guided audio
walking tour of 40 historic spots
in Kalgoorlie and Boulder. Take
the Loopline Historic Tram
between the two towns and look
at the Loopline Railway Museum.
Z Pop out to see beautiful
Karlkurla Park, a part of the
Great Western Woodlands,
which are the largest intact
temperate woodlands left on
Z Take a half-hour scenic flight
over and around the Super Pit,
a fantastic opportunity to get
some amazing photos.
Z Visit historical Kalgoorlie brothel
Langtrees on Hay Street, and
take the afternoon tour with the
madam, Mary-Anne Kenworthy.
She is right in with the stories
and colourful characters from
times when ladies of the night
did high-kick dances for passing
miners on every street corner
of the town.
Z Cruise the art galleries – there
are two in town, including
the Aboriginal Art Gallery for
local, Indigenous art – and the
fantastic painters’ and potters’
galleries out in the goldfields.
Z See our what’s-on guide for
kids’ school holiday activities,
such as the popular Oasis
swimming pool, playgrounds,
skate parks and museums.
VISIT A GHOST TOWN
The makeshift mining settlement of
Gwalia thrived from the 1890s until
the final whistle blew in 1963, and the
1200-strong population disappeared.
The shantytown has since been
restored, and includes a museum.
Hoover House B&B was the home of
general manager Herbert Hoover in
1902, before he became US President.
VISIT THE LARGEST ART
GALLERY ON EARTH
Lake Ballard is a 10sqkm salt lake
51km from Menzies and 180km
from Kalgoorlie. While it may be
in the middle of nowhere, in 2002,
world-famous sculptor and Turner
Prize-winner Antony Gormley chose
it as the site to evoke
his vision of Inside
Australia, creating 51
metal sculptures using
local and Aboriginal
people as models,
DO AND SEE
The twin Kalgoorlie and Boulder
town halls are fascinating places to
visit. The free tour of Boulder Town
Hall runs on Tuesdays at 1pm, and
the Kalgoorlie tour is Wednesday
at 1.30pm. The local guide is
exceptionally knowledgeable, full
of great stories – the whole family
will be enthralled.
Only in wa The Boulder Town
Hall is home to the only remaining
painted stage curtain created by
Philip Goatcher in the world. On 1000
guineas a year, he was the highest paid
scene painter of the Victorian era.
VISIT A GOLD MINE
You can’t go to the
seeing the impressive
KCGM Super Pit, the
biggest open-pit gold
mine in Australia. From
the lookout, you can see
tiny holes in the walls of the 1.5km
wide pit – mineshafts created by the
brave miners as far back as 1894. Time
your visit with a blast, and you’ll get
a real sense of the scale. To find out
how things used to be done, check
out Hannans North Tourist Mine, and
the WA Museum Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
DIG FOR GOLD
Try your hand at finding gold:
you can search on unoccupied crown
land, land with a pastoral lease or
a mining tenement, even farmland
(providing you seek permission from
the landowner and possess your very
own Miner’s Right). Prospecting and
fossicking is understandably forbidden
in national parks and nature reserves,
on Aboriginal land and heritage sites,
and in towns or cemeteries. For more
info, call (08) 9222 3333.
This event is held on the June long
weekend each year, and features
Australia’s richest foot race,
entertainment, art prizes,
horse-racing and more. Jun.
Join punters at the Leger Marquee
for the social event of the year, with
a top view of the track. Sep.
The oldest event in the Eastern
Goldfields, celebrating the 1892
claims that sparked the greatest
gold rush in Australian history. Rock
up for live bands, a street parade,
photo booths, and free camel rides
for the kids. Sep.
Purchase your collectable pint
glass at participating hotels and
join the Oktoberfest fun! Oct.
For more events, visit
them across the sodium crust of the
lake where they would stand out
with brilliant clarity. The temporary
installation took four days to set up, in
temperatures that rose to 46̊C.
The remote gallery of elegant
figures became such an attraction,
they are now a permanent display.
Camp next to the lake and see the
silhouettes at sunrise.
HAVE A BEER
In Kalgoorlie’s heyday, beer was
cheaper than water, and there was
a pub on almost every corner – 93
hotels and eight breweries in total.
The remaining 25 iconic outback pubs
each have style and history. Soak up
the ambience and chat with the local
characters – the unassuming dusty
miner standing next to you could be
a mining magnate. Many multi-
million-dollar deals have taken place
here over a beer and a handshake.
On opposite corners of Hannan
and Maritana streets, the Palace Hotel
has US President Herbert Hoover’s
sideboard mirror, the Exchange Hotel
is famous for its skimpy barmaids, and
the beautiful York Hotel has unique
In Boulder’s Metropole Hotel,
ask to look at the mineshaft, a legacy
of the old days. The Recreation
Hotel offers wood-fired pizza and
plenty of Boulder hospitality. Further
afield are the Ora Banda, Broad
Arrow and Grand hotels in Kookynie,
and the Menzies and Denver City
hotels in the early gold rush town
Lake Ballard (photography Jane and Michael Pelusey).
Part of the exhibit at the war
museum at Nungarin.
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