Kalgoorlie WA is a large goldfields town, famed for its fascinating gold rush history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners' ghost towns. 'Kal' was born amid the 1880s gold rush when thousands of starry-eyed prospectors made the 700 kilometre journey east of Perth seeking their fortunes.
Vibrant Hannan Street (named after Irishman Paddy Hannan who struck gold in 1893) is lined with pubs, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. There's the Hannan railway station, the Hannan hotel and you can even drink a pint of Hannan lager.
Kalgoorlie is still an active mining town and the 3.5 kilometre long, 1.5 kilometre wide Super Pit Mine - where 800,000 ounces of gold is produced each year is mind-blowing.
This massive hole in the Earth is as deep as Uluru with about the same circumference. Both Kalgoorlie and Boulder are packed with grand old buildings (visit the magnificent Boulder Town Hall), lively pubs and colourful characters still living the prospecting dream. There's a pub on just about every street corner, there's no avoiding a good night out!
For more information on Kalgoorlie WA contact the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre on +61 8 9021 1966 or visit their website.