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Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie (Australia)

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2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
6h drive from Perth
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kalgoorlie

Sophie Liger Seasoned Traveller
31 written opinions

A mining town in southwest Australia and the last town before you reach the Nullarbor Desert.

My suggestion:
If you're crossing Australia from east to west (or vice versa), then you must stop at Kalgoorlie and visit its gold mine!
My review
Kalgoorlie is in the Australian bush, in the heart of a desert. It's a town where you'll find numerous gold mines, some of which are closed and some of which are open to visits - it's fascinating! Kalgoorlie is home to the largest open air gold mine in Australia...it's huge and makes you feel like a tiny speck of dust!
The town of Kalgoorlie is a must during a holiday in Australia, not least because you'll think you're in the Wild West.There are saloons with swing doors and scantily clad waitresses, as well as buildings that are straight out of a Clint Eastwood film. There are lots of shops where miners and gold-diggers sell the gold they find, whilst others buy nuggets or precious stones. It really is like no other town in Australia!
Alicia Munoz Seasoned Traveller
87 written opinions

Kalgoorlier is a mining town in western Australia, with 28,242 inhabitants. It's situated 560km to the East of Perth, that is to say, in the Australian bush. 

My suggestion:
January is the hottest month with the average temperature being 34°C although it often exceeds 40°C. It's best to go in "the winter" to cross over from East to West Australia...
My review

To the north of Esperance, the town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has the atmosphere depicted in caricature films about the Australian outback. The town was born with the gold rush of the 1880s. The receptacle of a very eclectic population, the region has gained a reputation of being the Australian Far West, with its bandits and prostitutes. Today, it's the large nickel mining companies which have taken over.

Like all old mining towns, Kalgoorlie is principally populated by men and is composed of numerous colourful pubs. 

Those who appreciate colonial architecture will find the destination interesting. The streets are made up of lots of Victorian buildings, evidence of a thriving past. At Kalgoorlie, we only visited the Hannan mine but we were able to make the most of the real "outback" atmosphere.

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