Famous for the gold rush, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the largest town in the region.
The town has historic buildings from the late 1800s when the gold rush was at its peak. The main street is lined with pubs, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. Kalgoorlie is still an active mining town and home to the three and a half kilometre long, one and a half kilometre wide Super Pit Mine, where 800 000 ounces of gold are produced each year.
Esperance has one of Western Australia’s best unspoilt coastlines with stunning white beaches and rugged parks. The Great Ocean Drive (38 km) along the coastline features the spectacular scenery of the Southern Ocean and white, sandy beaches. Cape Arid National Park is east of Esperance and has plenty of wildlife and wildflowers to view.
With a mining history of gold, copper, silver, nickel and other minerals, Ravensthorpe still has active mine sites. It is surrounded by the Ravensthorpe Range which features gum trees, pristine bushland and wildflowers. The annual wildflower show is a popular event in the area.
Known as a laid-back outback town, Leonora was discovered and named by John Forrest in 1869. Many of the town’s originally constructed corrugated iron and hessian buildings remain intact.
Tower Street is the main thoroughfare which still has kerosene lamp lights and gravelled and kerbed footpaths, typical of the era when the town was first discovered.
Distances to Perth*
|Eucla||1 430 km|
|Warburton Community||1 513 km|
*Figures sourced from Main Roads Western Australia
For more information on the towns in the Goldfields-Esperance region, visit the Tourism Western Australia website.