Welcome to some Kalgoorlie Fast Facts.
The name Kalgoorlie means ‘place of the silky pears’ in the indigenous Wangai language. Most people refer to it as Kalgoorlie even though it merged with the town of Boulder to officially become Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Population – around 31,000 people.
Climate – Winter 2-19 degrees Celsius and Summer 18 to 35 degrees Celsius. It can shoot above 40 degrees in the summer months (particularly January) and there will be a few nights in the winter months when the temps slip below freezing.
History – Kalgoorlie (or Kal as the locals call it) is a fascinating place. It is Australia’s largest outback city and has a mix of gold-rush history and modern mining operations – this means some stunning colonial architecture and a vibrant contemporary buzz. In the 1880’s starry-eyed prospectors hit the goldfields to make their fortune – some did, many didn’t. That wasn’t because the gold ran out because the Super Pit today produces 900,000 ounces of gold each year.
Attractions – birdwatching, fossicking, prospecting, golf, bushwalking, wildflowers, historical architecture, museums & galleries, indigenous art, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. And, of course, a couple of the local pubs are home to the famous ‘skimpies’. Make a quick letter change to ‘gold’ and you get ‘golf’ – the multi-million dollar Kalgoorlie golf course is one of the world’s best desert courses and makes the beginning of the famous Nullabor Links – the longest golf course on earth!
Getting There – by air, rail, road or a guided tour. The Great Eastern Highway from Perth to Kalgoorlie is around 600km. Allow a bit under six hours driving time.
More tourist information on what to see and do from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre in the main street (250 Hannan Street).
A few famous folk who hailed from Kalgoorlie – John (Strop) Cornell, Walter Lindrum and Kevin Bloody Wilson.
Staying There – there is accommodation for all tastes and budgets – caravans, camping grounds, hotels and motels – or spoil yourself with the warmest of welcomes and the most comfortable of stays at Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort & Spa.
Top photo of Kalgoorlie in 1930 from the W.E. Fretwell Collection (1874 - 1958)