Kalgoorlie Boulder, Golden Outback, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Guide to Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Australias Golden Outback, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Go on a driving adventure

Down a road less travelled you'll find a number of self-drive trails around the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region. The Golden Quest Discovery Trail spans a distance of 965 kilometres (600 miles), travelling through Western Australia's Goldfields from Coolgardie to Laverton. Roll past mining towns, wildflowers (from mid-July to late October) and the Gwalia ghost town, where abandoned homes and businesses provide a snapshot of a bygone era. Alternatively, the Golden Pipeline route follows the Goldfield's water supply scheme, which today is celebrated as one of the world's greatest engineering feats – a 650-kilometre (404-mile) long pipeline, built to supply Kalgoorlie-Boulder with water, and which engineers at the time thought impossible. 

St. Barbara's Festival, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA © Melissa Drummond, Kargoolie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate St Barbara's Festival

Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a one-of-a-kind event in Australia, St Barbara's Festival, celebrating the local mining industry. Occurring every 4 December, the event offers the opportunity to get up close to huge trucks. The festival culminates in a parade down Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s main road, Hannan Street, and features enormous mining equipment such as six-metre (20-foot) tall, eight-metre (26-foot) wide, and 13-metre (43-foot) long trucks. Community organisations, schools and animals take part in the parade, which also showcases mine rescue demonstrations.

Lake Ballard, Golden Outback, WA © Tourism Western Australia

See the art

The extraordinary Lake Ballard is dotted with 51 steel sculptures, which have been created by artist Sir Antony Gormley, better known for his Angel of the North sculpture in Tyne and Wear, England. The installation, entitled Inside Australia, were commissioned for the 2003 Perth International Arts Festival and has attracted art lovers ever since. You can also visit the Last of the Nomads statue, dedicated to Warri and Yatungka of the Mandildjara tribe, who ran away together and spent 40 years living in the desert.

Super Pit, Kalgoorlie Boulder, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Visit the Super Pit

As you fly into Kalgoorlie-Boulder you’ll be struck by the sheer size of the Super Pit, right next to the town. At 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) long, 1.5 kilometres (one mile) wide, and nearly 700 metres (half a mile) deep, the pit was built by combining all the nearby small operations into a single huge mine. A lookout near the southern end of the mine gives you an overview of the massive scale of the pit, with enormous mining trucks appearing tiny on the pit floor. The lookout also has mining vehicles with which you can pose for photos.

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