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Places To Go in Kalgoorlie Goldfields Region


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Beacon Hill Lookout

360 degree views of the town of Norseman and its surrounds.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Burra Rocks

Constructed in the late 1890s and the dammed rock is now a nature reserve with water all year round. Situated 55km south of Coolgardie.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

The Woodline Dam was built to supply water to vehicles that hauled timber to the mine sites. It is now a popular place to have a picnic lunch and go camping.

Dundas Rocks

The huge boulders and rock formations date back to 2895 years ago. Situated 22 km south of Norseman. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities

Description

Gnarlbine Rock/Hunts Well

Located 30 km south-west of Coolgardie, this water catchment area was one of the few watering spots for the early prospectors.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Points of Interest

Description

Hammond Park

Miniature Bavarian style castle (built from local gemstones) surrounded by Flora and fauna reserve features parklands and aviaries full of native animals.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Includes BBQ and picnic area for lunch.

Karlkurla Bushland Park

The Karlkurla Bushland Park comprises of 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland, along with over 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers back in 2000.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

"Kulgooluh/Karlkurla" - is the name for the native silky pear.

The Karlkurla Bushland Park comprises of 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland, along with over 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers back in 2000. ‘Karlkurla’ (pronounced gull-gurl-la), is the local Aboriginal word for the Silky Pear, one of the many native bushes, trees and small plants that can now be enjoyed while strolling along the park’s 4km walking trail.

Kennedy Range National Park

The beautiful gorges and red rock landscape of Kennedy Range National Park are about a two hour drive east of Carnarvon, or 1 hour from Gascoyne Junction.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:4WDing,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Perfect for a four-wheel-drive adventure, Kennedy Range National Park is the place to go camping under a star-filled night sky. Here, you're surrounded by pristine wilderness. Go bushwalking and explore gorges and sandstone cliffs, see native animals and birds, and look out over the vast plains of pastoral leases.

Rising up to 100 metres above the valley, the Kennedy Range plateau has dominated the surrounding plains for millions of years. With red sand dunes, spinifex, wattle and mallee trees scattered throughout the area, this is what the Aussie outback is all about.

A variety of bushwalking trails run from the eastern side day-use sites and camping area, and take you into gorges where you'll see honeycomb-like rock formations. Observe marine fossils and be inspired by the geological history of the range.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has volunteer campground hosts based at the eastern side campground from May to September – which is the best time to visit.

Kennedy Range is a star attraction on the Wool Wagon Pathway – one of the three self-drive trails with interpretive signage that make up the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways.

Lake Douglas

10km from Kalgoorlie-Boulder and a great place to picnic and go for a walk around the scenic lake.

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  • Activities:Camping,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Plenty of room and a lake (Not always with water in it) to take a walk over and take your camera along just in case you see something of interest.

Lake Lefroy

A magnificent salt lake which stands out from the surrounding area by its pure white, gleaming colour and extreme lack of vegetation.

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  • Activities:Walking

Description

It is possible to go land sailing on Lake Lefroy when the weather permits. Yachts can reach speeds of up to 100km/hr. Yacht hire and tuition are provided by Widgie Cabins - phone (08) 9091 3868

Lake Lefroy is a large ephemeral salt lake in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. 

Lions Lookout

Overlooks Fly Flat, the site where explorers Bayley and Ford found gold when they arrived from Gnarlbine Soak. Has picnic and BBQ facilities.

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  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

This is a difficult walk in the Korung National Park, with some steep loose descents and taxing climbs. There are great views over Bickley Reservoir and the city with wildflowers in abundance in the spring time.

Mt Charlotte Reservoir and Lookout

Great views of Kalgoorlie from the top of Mt Charlotte. The reservoir stores fresh water that has been pumped from Mundaring Weir (566km). Short drive from the city

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Reminder of the engineering feats of CY O'Connor who designed the pipeline that stretches from Mundaring in the Perth Hills to the Goldfields.

Mt Jimberlana

5km east of Norseman and supposed to be one of the oldest geological areas in the world. It is an important Aboriginal landmark. A relatively easy walk to the peak.

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  • Activities:Mountain Climbing
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Reputed to be one of the oldest geological sites in the world this beautiful granite outcrop is located some 5 kilometres east of Norseman. The climb to the top is well worth the effort with stunning views in every direction your reward for taking up the challenge.

Mt Leonora

Climb or 4WD to the top.

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  • Activities:4WDing,Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Explore 30 historical sites showcasing Leonora’s history and heritage with our FREE online interactive map!

Newman Rocks

View of salt lakes and surrounds. A natural water catchment brings native fauna to the area. Located 50km west of Balladonia and 1km north of the Highway.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Nice shady rest area 500m from highway
Circular rest area close to highway
picnic tables, fireplace & bins
Great views at the rock

Niagara Dam

A smaller version of the Mundaring Weir. Intended to supply water for the railway construction to Leonora. Never used because an underground water source was found after completion.

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  • Facilities:Camping Allowed,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

Built in 1897, the cement that was used to build the 8 m high dam was brought by camel from Coolgardie. It is ironic that when the dam was completed a natural underground water source was found and the dam was never used. It is popular for picnics and camping.

Peak Charles

Peak Charles, an ancient granite peak, and its companion, Peak Eleanora, give sweeping views over the dry sandplain heaths and salt lake systems of the surrounding countryside.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Towering 500 metres above the surrounding plain, Peak Charles is visible for more than 50 kilometres in all directions. The park lies within the Great Western Woodlands, an internationally significant area of great biological richness.  At its base there is a pleasant campground.
Rock formations and orchids

The granite peaks have weathered to orange and brown hues. There are many unusual rock formations, and numerous species of orchids grow on the slopes. About 40 million years ago, both peaks were islands, and wave-cut platforms can be seen on their upper slopes.

Active exploration

The walk to the Peak Charles Lookout is a medium 2 km, 1 hour climb. This magnificent hill has attracted the attention of experienced rock climbers, as its steep eastern face offers high quality climbs of up to 300 metres in length.

For more information visit TrailsWA.

Bird life

Numerous birds live on and around the peaks. Various raptors use lift from the rock to spiral upwards and gain height. Often several pairs of majestic wedge-tailed eagles can be seen, circling high in the sky. The thickets, woodlands and flowering scrub surrounding Peak Charles are inhabited by more than 40 small bird species. An early morning walk around the apron, out onto the plain and back by the track can be rewarding.

Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park

A large fresh water lake which stretches for 2km and has a bird-watching area to see the unique fauna. A great spot to go walking or picnic.

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  • Activities:Camping
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Unique Wonders

Description

Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park contains a semi-permanent freshwater wetland, unusual in this arid environment. It has been a popular recreation site for many years and provides a special opportunity for bird watching.

The Outback Way - Australia's Longest Shortcut

Affectionately known as The Outback Highway - it is a 1575km stretch across central Australia. It runs from Laverton in the Northern Goldfields to Alice Springs.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest
  • Activities:4WDing

Description

The Outback Way links Laverton in WA through to Winton in Qld through the heart of the nation, providing a trans-national link from Perth to Cairns.


The Outback Way, 2,800 kilometres in length from Laverton to Winton, is currently a combination of 1700km of unsealed gravel road and 1100km of bitumen. This unique project is in partnership with Local, State and Federal jurisdictions to provide the third strategic road link. This strategic link provides access and creates opportunities for the mining, tourism, pastoral sectors, linking transport hubs, reducing the east and west connection by 1600km. In addition, the Outback Way offers unprecedented access and continuity of education, health and policing services for our indigenous, remote and rural communities.  
   

Victoria Rock

Known for its unusual sculptured granite and shapes, and set in extensive bushland 18km from Gnarlbine Rock near Coolgardie. The rock has a great view from the summit

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Points of Interest

Description

Picnic and campsite facilities provided.

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