Region: Eastern Goldfields and Outback

The vast open spaces of Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields and the remnants of mines and mining towns scattered across it make it one of the country's most unique regions. The Eastern Goldfields region is one of contrasts with gold and nickel mining in the north and agriculture and fishing in the south.

The goldrush years of the late nineteenth century brought the region to prominence and mining continues to be the dominant industry. Gold generates most revenue followed by an expanding nickel industry that is being assisted by recent technological advancements for processing laterite ore. Improving transport infrastructure and energy supplies are expected to strengthen the region's future contribution to the State's economy.

The Eastern Goldfields is fast becoming one of Australia's most popular self drive destinations, offering a unique holiday experience. The area's attractions are wide and varied - the exploits of the early prospectors in pursuit of gold, the magnificent turn of the century architecture throughout the region, the amazing Super Pit at Kalgoorlie, abandoned ghost towns.

In reality most of the other regions of Western Australia could fit under the broad heading of outback Western Australia, because there is very little of Western Australia outside of the agriculuralised south west corner of the state that has been affected by any degree of human development.

How To Get There

How To Get There: The sister cities of Kalgoorlie and Boulder are the hub of the Goldfields region, and all transport facilities operate out of them.

By road from Perth, take Great Northern Highway via Northan amd Merredin.

By air: Kalgoorlie is connected by daily flights to Perth. Perth connected by daily flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Port Hedland and Karratha.

By rail: The Prospector is a fast modern train which operates daily in both directions btween Perth and Kalgoorlie. The Indian Pacific, which operates between Perth and Sydney via the Nullarbor Plain once or twice a week, stops at Kalgoorlie.

Best Time To Go

Any time of year is a great time to visit Kalgoorlie but locals will tell you that the best time to visit is in September when the famous Boulder to Kalgoorlie Cup (a horse race) attracts visitors from near and far. The population of the town swells at this time of year and if you are looking for fun this is the place to be.

The mining towns of the eastern Goldfields are well known for their wildflowers which add a vivid splash of colour to the otherwise red and brown landscape. Wildflower season is August to November.

Be aware that the more outlying areas are semi-arid or full desert regions, so expect hot days in summer, cold nights in winter and very little rainfall all year round.

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