Take a step back to see some of the world’s best architecture from the gold rush era. Home of the Golden Mile- with the richest square mile of gold bearing earth in the world, this town triggered a boom for more than 60 years in Western Australia economy.
The population of the town increased as thousands of men made their way here to find their fortune on the goldfields. There is a guaranteed supply of fresh water and increasing finds of gold.
With the influx of single men there, there were at least 25 brothels set up along Hay Street area. However, only three surviving brothels remain today and open their doors for usual businesses at night and welcome visitors to take part in a brothel tour by day to learn about its history.
Walking down the main street of Kalgoorlie now is like going back to the past. What was seen today has not been changed much in the early 1900s. The Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre is located within the walls of the Town Hall (1908) where a tribute statue to Paddy Hannan sit outside the building, welcoming old and new visitors.
Get to the visitor centre and get up to date information about the town. The friendly staff can help to arrange local tours, accommodation and transportation for bus and train. Souvenirs, gold jewelry and a range of local products are sold at its gift shop.
Other great examples of old architectures include the City Markets (1901), Government Buildings (1899), the Exchange Hotel and Kalgoorlie Miner building (1900). The WA Museum Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Mining Hall of Fame located at the top end of Hannan Street showcase mining past and present with interactive displays, underground tours, galleries that house precious minerals and artworks and heritage precinct.
Take a guided tour on KCGM Super-Pit tour and see a massive gouge carving into the red earth. Trucks with the size of houses carry hundreds of tons of rock in the hope to extract a few ounces of gold at a time. You will get a close look at how the gold being extracted in the factory.
Try something different by taking an 1.5 hour Underground Adventure Tour as you climb 72 meters below the surface in a dark, damp and confined conditions. Encounter firsthand on the working condition of the 19th century miners while crawling the way through areas of the mine by hands and knees into an original ore drive.
Burt Street at Boulder has one of my favorite stores, the Little Boulder Sweet Shop that sells a variety of candies . Other attractions in the area includes the Palace Theatre (1930), The Court Hotel (1900), Boulder Town Hall, Goldfield War Museum, “Super-Pit” retail outlet and Pharmacy Museum.
Back in 20 April 2010 at 8.20 am, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck the town with minor injuries sustained by the local. However, the iconic buildings in Burt Street suffered heavy damage from the earthquake and aftershocks. Those structures had since been under restoration, using funds that raised by its people and the Local and State Government.
The Miners Monument can be found at the heart of Boulder main street. This proud statue was used to pay tribute to the miners- past, present and future. It reminds the people the blood sweat and tears that have shed for many a golden dream.
Explore Hammond Park during the evening it the north of the city. It is surrounded by large open grassed area and can see native animals roaming freely around the park. There is a miniature castle built from local rocks and gems, a children’s play equipment and free barbeque facilities here.
- Prospector Train Service [i] runs daily services from Perth city terminal and the journey takes about 7 hours. The Indian Pacific [ii] offers weekly services from Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.
- TRANSWA service [iii] also operates from Perth city and Esperance.
- Qantas and Skywest flights from Perth is only an hour journey but much more expensive.
- Getting around the town without your own car will be a hassle. Bus service operate only until evening and very limited. So, do check the bus timetable and plan ahead for the day. It is also hard to get a cab in certain areas.
- The local are very helpful and easy to approach. So, don’t be scare to ask for directions from them.