Follow in the tracks of gold rush pioneers to Australia’s largest expanse of outback.
Under the wide open skies of the Golden Outback, you’ll find true outback adventure, exploring Australia’s whitest beach, biggest open-cut mine and the largest temperate woodland on Earth.
Travel to the Golden Outback
Many have made the 600-kilometre journey east from Perth to Kalgoorlie to seek their fortune, but today you have more options by road, rail and air.
The most direct route from Perth to Kalgoorlie is to follow the longest fresh water pipeline on Earth along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, getting you from city, to Wheatbelt, to Goldfields in just over six hours. But there’s a huge range of self-drive itineraries to choose from.
Two of Australia’s ultimate long-distance road trips also connect Australia’s Golden Outback to the rest of Australia. Cross the vast Nullarbor Plain on the Eyre Highway, or embark on a 4WD odyssey crossing the Red Centre on the Outback Way.
Search for Perth car hire companies and plan your adventure.
Many tour companies run daytrips from Perth to Wave Rock to ride one of Australia’s largest waves. Extended options will get you to Kalgoorlie, Esperance and many of the Goldfields must-see highlights.
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TransWA operates the Prospector train service from Perth to Kalgoorlie, as well as the Merredinlink train from Perth through the Wheatbelt towns to Merredin in the Golden Outback.
For the ultimate rail experience, ride the Indian Pacific to Kalgoorlie from Perth or across the vast Nullarbor Plain from the east coast.
Two coach operators regularly service the region from Perth:
- TransWA runs regular coach services to major hubs in the Wheatbelt and Goldfields, including Hyden, home of Wave Rock, Esperance and even as far north as Meekatharra.
- Integrity Coach Lines will also get you from Perth to Mount Magnet and Meekatharra.
Regular scheduled flights with the following airlines get you to the region in just over an hour from Perth:
- Virgin Australia (Perth to Kalgoorlie and Esperance)
- Qantas (Perth to Kalgoorlie)
- Skippers Aviation can fly you to the remote outback towns of Mount Magnet, Meekathara, Laverton, Leonora, Leinster and Wiluna.
Travel around the Golden Outback
However short or adventurous you want to make your trip, there are plenty of options to get you around Australia’s largest expanse of outback.
A good network of sealed roads links the region’s natural and heritage highlights, offering a wide range of itineraries for 2WD, caravans and 4WD vehicles. Experienced drivers will also find challenge and adventure on some of Australia’s longest and most remote outback stock routes, including the legendary Canning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Highway.
A driving holiday in Australia’s Golden Outback can involve long distances and varied conditions. Always check road and weather conditions on the Main Roads WA website and plan your food and fuel stops.
Major towns in the region, such as Kalgoorlie and Esperance offer car hire. Search online for hire companies.
Sit back and take in the epic outback landscapes. Search Golden Outback tours online for short or extended experiences, from 4WD adventures to luxury coach tours.
TransWA coach routes connect many major Wheatbelt and Goldfields towns, from Kalgoorlie to Esperance and Ravensthorpe, with routes reaching as far north as Mount Magnet and Meekatharra.
TransWA’s Prospector train service between Perth and Kalgoorlie stops in 15 Wheatbelt and Goldfields towns, while the Merredinlink travels from Perth to Merredin connecting the northern Wheatbelt towns.
Skippers Aviation offer charter flight services and regular passenger services between the small regional airports of Laverton, Leonora, Wiluna, Meekatharra and Mount Magnet.