Kalgoorlie is located 595 km east of Perth via the Great Eastern Highway and is 360 metres above sea-level.
It is accepted that Kalgoorlie probably comes from a Wangkathaa Aboriginal word “karlkurlah” meaning ‘silky pear’, a plant common to the area. Boulder was named after the Great Boulder Mine.
There is nowhere else in Australia quite like Kalgoorlie. Unlike most gold-mining towns, which last for as little as a couple of years, it sits on the edge of the famous Golden Mile and has an economy which has been driven by gold since 1893. The main street, Hannan Street, is awash with glorious buildings all bearing testament to the wealth that has been generated. It is a city to be savoured. A unique expression of the potency of gold fever and the wealth that can be generated by this hugely valuable metal. Modern Kalgoorlie is far removed from the town as described around the end of the 19th century: “When my party stepped from the train at Kalgoorlie, we saw before us a scattered array of wooden and galvanised iron houses … In the near distance we could see the towering poppet heads of the widely known Great Boulder mine, and the din created by the revolving hammers of the ever active stamping machinery assailed our ears as an indescribable uproar. But beyond the dust and smoke of these nature-combating engines of civilisation, the open desert, dotted with its stunted mulga and mallee growths, shimmered back into the horizon.”