4 Day ItineraryKalgoorlie & Lake Ballard

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Follow the old gold rush trails to some of the most surprising outback wonders.

Kalgoorlie, Australia’s largest outback town, has drawn crowds since it sparked one of the country’s largest gold rushes. See how its legacy lives on at the Super Pit, one of the world’s largest open-cut mines, and gaze in awe at the remarkable work of Antony Gormley – who transformed a salt bed into one of the most remarkable outdoor galleries on Earth.

Best time: September to November (to coincide with wildflowers)


Highlights:

  • Gold rush history and heritage
  • Super Pit
  • Antony Gormley Statues
  • Gold rush ghost towns
  • Spring wildflowers

Metropole Hotel, Kalgoorlie The Metropole Hotel, Kalgoorlie

Day 1

Morning: Perth to Merredin

Follow the path of Western Australia’s great engineering feat along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, and break for lunch in the Wheatbelt town of Merredin.

Soak up some yesteryear charm, admiring the town’s colonial and 1920s heritage architecture.

If you’re visiting between mid-July and late October, make a beeline for the dazzling wildflowers and delicate orchids of Tamma Parkland.

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Afternoon: Merredin to Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie

Make your next stop Coolgardie, the birthplace of the 1892 gold rush, and get your first taste of grand gold rush architecture.

Complete the journey to Kalgoorlie and take a walk down Hannan Street for an introduction to the town’s lively pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Search the Australian Good Food Guide for dining ideas.



Gold Prospector, KalgoorlieGold Prospector, Kalgoorlie

Day 2

Morning: Kalgoorlie to Boulder

Get an introduction to gold rush life at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder WA Museum. See how prospectors searched for gold, learn about the hardships they faced, and gaze in awe at the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets.

The hub at the height of the gold rush was the historic Golden Mile, in the town of Boulder. Here, you can wander along Burt Street and admire its rich gold rush heritage.

Visit the Miners Monument, Goldfields War Museum and the Town Hall, which houses the Goatcher Curtain. Or head for the Loopline Railway Station and tour the Golden Mile in the old train that once carried hundreds of miners to work.


Afternoon: Boulder to Kalgoorlie

Take a scenic flight or pull on a hard hat for a mind-blowing tour of one of the world's largest open cut mines – the Super Pit. Part of the historic Golden Mile, the modern-day pit is a colossal 3.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, producing 900,000 ounces of gold each year.

For the best sunset views of Australia’s largest outback town, head up to Mount Charlotte in the late afternoon.



Antony Gormley Sculputres, Lake Ballard

Day 3

Morning: Kalgoorlie to Lake Ballard and Menzies

Make an early start, for the one-and-a-half-hour journey north along the Goldfields Highway to the historic gold mining town of Menzies.

From here, it’s another 55 kilometres on unsealed road to reach Lake Ballard, where 51 Antony Gormley sculptures stand against a vast, stark-white salt bed.


Afternoon: Menzies to Kalgoorlie

Return to Menzies and rest for lunch at the hotel.

Admire the town’s grand gold rush architecture that still stands as a reminder of the glory days, including Menzies Town Hall that's famous for standing 'clockless' for 100 years.

Take the Goldfields Highway to return to Kalgoorlie. Or, if you are travelling in a 4WD, follow the Golden Quest Discovery Trail to Kalgoorlie, stopping along the way to take in the gold rush ghost towns of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Goongarri.



Avon River, NorthamAvon River, Northam

Day 4

Morning: Kalgoorlie

If you’re visiting during the wildflower season (mid-July to late October), head north to Karlkurla Bushland Park for an early morning walk. An interpretive walk trail offers a great introduction to the flora and fauna of the Goldfields.

For golfing enthusiasts, the best way to start the morning is to play a couple of holes on the longest golf course on Earth – the Nullarbor Links – from Kalgoorlie Golf Club.


Afternoon: Kalgoorlie to Perth

The return journey to Perth takes approximately six and a half hours. Depending on your time of departure from Kalgoorlie, you may wish to plan a lunch or overnight break in Coolgardie, Southern Cross or Merredin.

If you’re making good time, break your journey to grab some refreshments in the historic town of Northam.


Important Travel Information


Top tips for wildflower enthusiasts

  • TAKE nothing but photos – picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract a $2000 fine.
  • RESPECT private property and don't trespass.
  • PROTECT canola crops and prevent the spread of disease by staying out of canola fields.

Trip Details

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Perth 4 days The Golden Outback

Distances:

Perth to Merredin

261 km

Merredin to Coolgardie

295 km

Coolgardie to Kalgoorlie

39 km

Kalgoorlie to Boulder

5 km (one-way)

Kalgoorlie to Lake Ballard

186 km

Lake Ballard to Menzies

55 km

Menzies to Kalgoorlie

131 km

Kalgoorlie to Perth

595 km

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