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Kalgoorlie

 

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Gold, gold and more gold…

From gold bars to the golden sun glinting off grand colonial architecture and golden sunsets – gold has been associated with Kalgoorlie (Kalgoorlie Boulder) since the 1880s when thousands of hopeful prospectors set up camp here and unearthed the precious metal. The Gold Rush town grew to become the biggest city in outback Australia.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the gold rush history at the Museum of the Goldfields, which has a display of gold bars and nuggets. For a modern take on gold mining head to KCGM Super Pit, to the Super Pit Lookout or take a Super Pit Tour of the largest gold producing mine in the country. See giant dump trucks and watch this massive operation at work. The Super Pit is 3.7km long by 1.5km wide and produces a staggering 900,000 ounces of gold annually.

Other attractions include the Royal Flying Doctor’s Visitor Centre and The Two Up School. Visit the Goldfield’s Arts Centre, the racing museum, join an Indigenous culture tour or take a gold prospecting tour. An hour and a half north of the city is the breathtaking saltpan gallery at Lake Ballard, with sculptures by Antony Gormley looming out of the vast expanse. During wildflower season the surrounds come alive with colour.

From gold to golf and Kalgoorlie is well known for its international golf course. At Kalgoorlie Golf Club, Hole 18 is part of the Nullarbor Links – the ‘World’s Longest Golf Course’. The concept for this was to get travellers to slow down and enjoy the journey across the vast Nullarbor, learning of important features, people or events along the way while stopping to play a hole of golf at courses en route from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie.

Video by: Tourism Western Australia

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