The Golden Mile Loopline Railway, Esperance ‘Stonehenge’, Laverton Great Beyond, Gwalia and Hoover House, the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society and a variety of museums including the WA Museum Goldfields, as well as some excellent sporting facilities, cultural and shopping opportunities are waiting to be enjoyed.
Australia’s largest open cut mine, the Super Pit, is a major attraction in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, while Antony Gormley’s renowned steel figures at Lake Ballard, near Menzies, continue to be a drawcard for the Northern Goldfields. Meanwhile, Esperance and the south-east coastal areas, are significant tourist destinations for intrastate, interstate and international visitors. The region is also home to numerous long-standing events that attract visitors and locals alike, such as the Leonora Golden Gift, the Festival of the Wind and Blessing of the Fleet in Esperance, St Barbara’s Parade in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder week-long Race Round racing carnival.
A variety of established and developing trails help visitors connect to heritage, culture, arts, mining, gem collecting, genealogy, nature and environment through places such as the ghost town of Kanowna, the Great Western Woodlands, Coolgardie ‘Mother of the Goldfields’, and more. The 965km Golden Quest Discovery Trail or the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail are good places to start.
Beach/coastline and natural environmental wonders
Relaxing or having a more active coastal holiday experience in a beautiful scenic environment (key areas Esperance, Hopetoun or anywhere along the southern coastal region) includes secluded beaches, bird watching and scenic drive routes, islands to explore, fishing, swimming, granite rocks and rugged coastlines.
Enjoy exploring national parks such as the renowned Great Western Woodlands, Cape Le Grand, Stokes and Fitzgerald National Parks as well as the desert experience and the great salt lakes. Closer to major centres, learn about the Great Western Woodlands in the 200 hectare Karlkurla Park adjacent to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Aboriginal experience and cultural immersion
Immersion in local Aboriginal lore, food and medicines, dreamtime stories, arts and crafts galleries for viewing or purchasing Aboriginal art (key areas Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Northern Goldfields shires and Ngaanyatjarra Lands, but also the Shires of Dundas and Esperance) and cave paintings (key area the Ngaanyatharra Lands) are ever popular and a truly unique experience.
Historical buildings, historic towns and sites, mining museums, mines and prospecting (key areas Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie, Norseman, Menzies, Leonora and Laverton) offer opportunities to glimpse the past and experience self drive or accompanied tours through ghost towns and remote destinations, try a hand at prospecting or gold panning, or explore pastoral and anthropological histories, or the famous woodlands.
With vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes, camping under the stars, prospecting, fossicking and four wheel driving throughout the region and along such roads as the Gunbarrel Highway, the Outback Way and the sealed Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor is an adventure for everybody.
Wildflower holidays can be enjoyed at various times throughout the year and can include guided tours or self-drive trails and even wildflower farms. Ravensthorpe hosts an annual wild flower festival.
Sports and Adventure Tourism
The Goldfields-Esperance region offers many opportunities for athletic recreation, high adventure-low key facility experiences, along with quality sporting events to attend depending on the competition season.