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Things to Do

Discover plenty of things to do in Kalgoorlie when staying at Rydges

Our neighbourhood is pretty much Kalgoorlie!  We are close to town, the golf course and attractions like Hammond Park, Kalgoorlie Heritage Buildings, Goldfields War Museum, Australian Prospectors & Miner's Hall of Fame, Broad Arrow Ghost Town, Boulder Market Day, Kalgoorlie Super Pit and the Miner's Monument.

Kalgoorlie Superpit

KCGM manages the assets for joint venture partners, Newmont Mining Corporation and Barrick Australia Pacific. KCGM produces up to 800,000 ounces of gold per year and has approximately 750 personnel on site. Currently the Super Pit is approximately 3.5 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide, and 370 metres deep. This brings the depth to below sea level at the bottom of the Super Pit. To look at it another way, it is as deep as Ularu / Ayers Rock is high - and has about the same circumference.

The public lookout is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm daily and allows visitors to take a look at this enormous mining operation in action. Blasting occurs regularly, which can be viewed from the lookout.  While advance notice is given where possible, for the most up to date information telephone the public enquiry line on (08) 9022 1100 or contact Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold on (08) 9021 1966.

Nullabor Links Golf Course

Crowned as the Longest Golf Course in the World, the Nullarbor Links concept is unique. The 18-hole par 72 golf course spans 1,365 kilometres with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia.

Each hole includes a green, a tee, and a somewhat rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. The course provides a quintessential Australian experience and a much-needed activity/attraction for travellers along the renowned desolate highway.

Score cards are $70 per person and must be stamped at each hole along the course by the Visitor Centres or Roadhouses. These can be purchased from Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre, the Kalgoorlie Golf Club, Norseman Visitor Centre and Ceduna Visitor Centre. Upon completion of the Nullarbor Links Golf Course, participants who take their completed and stamped score cards to either Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold (Visitor Centre) or Ceduna Visitor Centre will receive a complimentary Nullarbor Links completion certificate. Certificates can not be issued unless the score card is completed and stamped

Flora and Fauna

The Goldfields region boasts 12 existing and proposed nature reserves, with a combined area of 8 million hectares. An incredibly high number of bird species flourish here, as well as the threatened Bilby (or Rabbit-eared Bandicoot), Cuditch, Mallee Fowl, Scarlet Chested Parrot, Sandhill Dunnart and Mulgara. The inhabitants of the area include ornate lizards, Emu, Echidna, Carpet Pythons, Honey-eaters, Yellow Throated Miners, Rainbow Bee-eaters and wild Budgerigars.

First time visitors to the Goldfields often find themselves astounded at the diversity and beauty of the region's flora and fauna. In recent times biogeographers have divided Australia's land mass into 80 distinctive biogeographic regions, two of which regions converge in the Goldfields - Coolgardie and the Murchison regions. Both are equally fascinating but very different.

The Coolgardie region is characterised by eucalypt woodland, while acacia (or mulga) woodlands dominate the Murchison. The transitional zone (Goongarrie region) is something of an environmental hot spot, being an interface between the two regions, which features flora and fauna that are a blend of both regions

The remarkable fact is that the majority of today's woodlands around Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie are actually regrowth - generally less than 100 years old in most areas due to clear felling for fuel between 1900 - 1965. In the pioneer decades huge quantities of wood was needed for firing boilders that powered mine sites, generated electricity, pumped water, condensed salt water into fresh water, and for the lining of many shafts and tunnels burrowed into the landscape. By 1904 500,000 tonnes of wood was being felled annually - with most feeding into Kalgoorlie Boulder's Golden Mil

Golden Quest Discovery Trail

he Golden Quest Discovery Trail is a 965 kilometre self-drive adventure through the Goldfields, and can be enjoyed in parts or as a whole.

The trail encompasses the amazing history of the region and the isolated beauty of the bush is simply breathtaking.

Whilst the scenery in the Goldfields is always magical, it is particularly spectacular in early spring when Mother Nature provides blankets of colourful wildflowers across the rugged landscape.


Embark on a day trip covering some of the old mining townsites and cemeteries around Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, take two days and see a little more, or spend a comfortable week on the trail. Its up to you.

You can get your Golden Quest Discovery Trail GUIDE BOOK right here at our centre, which includes full colour sections on each of the 25 sites, plus times and distances between sites, a detailed map and two CD's with dramatised stories of the goldrush era.

Hammond Park

A lush green oasis in the middle of the outback, housing a diverse range of activities to suit the whole family, this Parkland is a must see when visiting Kalgoorlie. It is accessed by a large number of people throughout the year. Hammond Park houses a native bird and animal collection that can be seen by those visiting the park and a variety of fish and birds using the pond area.

Enjoy the walk through the park to the animal sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal to kangaroos, emus and peacocks.

Hannans North Tourism Mine

Hannans North, previously the Mining Hall of Fame, has now been given a new lease of life and some of the tourist attractions are now re-open.  Offering information on all aspects of the KCGM operation; pan for gold, or get up close to a dump truck and shovel scale model of the Super Pit. 

The refurbished attraction re-opened and now offers a range of memorable visitor experiences, including, gold panning, and the opportunity to climb into a giant Dump Truck as well as BBQ facilities for families to picnic on-site. Operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sundays.

Located off the Goldfields Highway, 1.5km North of Hannans Street, Kalgoorlie.

Kalgoorlie Heritage Buildings

Kalgoorlie is proud of the rich architectural heritage, especially those that line Hannan Street. With rows of fine buildings with carefully crafted cottages as well, many date from the 1890's and some have even been lovingly restored to romantic boutique hotels.

Mt Charlotte Lookout

Walk up to the top of the Mount Charlotte Reservoir for fantastic views of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder. This site is the terminus of water which is piped 563kms from Mundairing Weir in Perth, to the Goldfields. An amazing engineering feat completed in 1903, that gave Kalgoorlie Boulder it's most precious resource of all - water!

Prospecting

The Kalgoorlie Boulder region is renowned for prospecting and fossicking. To prospect in Western Australia, each person requires a Miner's Right.

This authorises the holder to carry out the following activities on Crown land not the subject of a mining tenement:

  • Prospect for minerals (including gold);
  • Fossick for rocks, gemstones etc;
  • Conduct tests for minerals;
  • Undertake limited sampling using hand held equipment and to remove samples up to 20 kilograms;
  • Take water and camp for the purposes of prospecting.

WA Museum of Kalgoorlie Boulder

The Western Australian Museum of Kalgoorlie Boulder showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the City’s mining heritage. Discover the unique role the town has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.

Long Term Exhibitions include; the Miner’s Cottage replica building, which illustrates the living conditions and social lives of early goldfields settlers, the Mezzanine Gallery which offers numerous displays featuring artefacts, objects, photos, furniture and memorabilia to tell the stories of the goldfields, and The ‘British Arms’ Hotel, built in 1899. This heritage-listed hotel is said to be the narrowest pub in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

The Museum’s underground Gold Vault features a spectacular collection of gold, jewelry and historical items. The Gold Vault also features the unique Geological Survey collection of nuggets, decorative miners’ brooches and the first gold bar refined in Kalgoorlie- Boulder. Half of the State's gold collection is housed in this vault, which is the most secure public access vault in Australia.

 

Venture up the imposing Ivanhoe headframe in the glass-fronted lift, to take in the panoramic view of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder. The Museum also offers holiday programs for children during the school holidays / vacations. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Located at 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, the Museum is open daily from 10:00am - 4:30pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm on ANZAC Day, and closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Entry is by donation of a suggested $5.
For more information on the Western Australian Museum of Kalgoorlie Boulder

Wa School of Mines Museum

Located on Curtin University’s Kalgoorlie Campus, WASM’s Mineral Museum is sure to appeal to anyone with a keen interest in geology and mineralogy. It is home to a collection of approximately 3000 mineral specimens and houses replicas of famous gold nuggets. Open Mon - Fri 9:00am - 12:30pm. The Museum is closed during School Holidays.

For more than a century, Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) has been committed to providing some of the world's finest mining and minerals education and facilities. As Australia’s oldest and premier mining school, WASM has earned a reputation for producing high-quality, industry-ready graduates in the fields of mining, metallurgy, geology, exploration geophysics and spatial sciences.