Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    List an Event/Business    Contact    Login
Join the Perth Mums Facebook Group to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.

Family Holidays In WA – Kalgoorlie

by BecSorby (follow)
Older Kids (92)      School Age Kids (61)      School Holidays (59)     
Ok – I know what you are thinking. Kalgoorlie? For a holiday? Really? Yes, at almost 600km east of Perth, it's a long way from the beach, but it’s also a fascinating place to explore Western Australia’s gold mining history, relax by the pool or take a trip out to some of the state’s eerie ghost towns. If you’re looking for a family holiday that’s a bit different from the usual down south or up north, Kalgoorlie has a heap of things on offer for families.

Gold Mining History

In 1893, a man named Paddy Hannan discovered gold in Kalgoorlie Hannans North Tourist Mine is a fascinating insight into Western Australia's gold mining history and offers a look into the life of a goldminer. You can read an external review here.

Hanna's North Tourist Mine

Do you need an updated family photo?
The Museum of the Goldfields will take you on a further journey into the Eastern Goldfields and how it evolved as a gold mining centre, plus how the area helped shape WA’s development. Take a look at the State’s largest collection of gold bars and nuggets, learn how prospectors searched gold and the many hardships families faced at the start of the 20th Century.

Local Museums

Along with the Hannans North Tourist Mine and the Museum of the Goldfields, Kalgoorlie is also home to the Goldfields War Museum, a fascinating look into the role the Kalgoorlie people played in the first and second world wars. The Loopline Railway Museum takes a look at the history of railway and transport networks in the city.

Hammond Park

Do you need an updated family photo?
Hammond Park is a lovely inner city space that has a playground, including a separate area for toddlers, a café, a bird aviary and an incredibly detailed miniature Bavarian Castle. You can read a full review of Hammond Park here.

Hammond Park playground

Hammond Park toddler playground

Kalgoorlie Super Pit and Super Pit Lookout

One does simply NOT go to Kalgoorlie without a trip to the Super Pit! It is the biggest open pit gold mine in Australia, and the Super Pit Lookout is a popular attraction. It provides an opportunity to have a look at some of the trucks and diggers and see the mine site in operation – you might even see a blast! The lookout is open between 7am to 7pm and you can contact the Super Pit on 9022 1100 for information about blasting times.

The Kalgoorlie Super Pit

That's a big wheel

Ghost Town Day Trips From Kalgoorlie

Being a mining region, the Goldfields are littered with once-thriving townships that have since been abandoned – some are certainly more well-preserved that others, and here’s where to find some of the best near to Kalgoorlie.

Gwalia is around 240km drive from Kalgoorlie but well worth a visit if you want to see one of the best preserved ghost towns in the state. The town is managed by the Gwalia Ghost Town and Museum and welcomes visitors to take a look at the old townsite.

Alternatively, if you don’t fancy travelling that far with the kids, Broad Arrow is around 38km north of Kalgoorlie. The town was abandoned in the 1920s, with ruins throughout the town. Ora Banda, another abandoned mining town, is 50km west of Broad Arrow and various building remnants remain. You could also take a drive out to Kookynie, some 157km north of Kalgoorlie.

Accommodation Options

Kalgoorlie has a range accommodation options to suit every budget, including holiday parks and resort style hotels. Some of the most popular options are listed below.

How to get there

You can fly, drive or take the Prospector Train from East Perth to Kalgoorlie. The train takes around seven hours, while the drive takes about 6.5 hours, so be prepared to make plenty of stops with the kids. Qantas and Virgin have flights departing several times a day and the flight takes just over an hour. There are car hire depots at Kalgoorlie Airport.

If you’re looking for more great holiday ideas in WA, you can check out some of the best places South and North.

#School Holidays
#School Age Kids
#Older Kids

Claim this special back to school offer from ABC Reading Eggs – the multi-award winning online reading program for kids.
The Queen's Baton Relay is coming to the City of Swan on Monday 26th Feb and you're invited to give it a royal welcome!
26 Feb
Little Marley is the premier online platform that connects people wishing to buy or sell new and second-hand baby & kids goods and accessories around Australia.
Do you care about what we are leaving our kids and want to know what we can do to provide better options for them? Then join in on this ‘Integrated’ Conscious Parenting Workshop run by The Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness Academy for Kids.
10 Mar - 11 Mar
Do you need an updated family photo?
18 Mar
Join the conversation on the Perth Mums Facebook Group

Enjoy affordable family photography from MyFamilyPhoto.com.au

I like this Article - 1
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by BecSorby
view all articles by BecSorby
Articles by BecSorby on Other Hubs
ID: 73729
Do you need an updated family photo?
Featured on Other Hubs
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version