Perth to Perth for Kalgoorlie

Unearth the riches of the Goldfield’s 120-year gold rush history – from the mind blowing buzz of one of the largest open-cut mines on Earth, to eerie ghost towns and the striking Antony Gormley statues on Lake Ballard.

We recommend taking at least 6 days to complete this adventure, making it the best start or finish to your road trip!

Leg 1: Perth to Kalgoorlie 593 kms 7 hours

Follow the path of the original pipeline that brought water to the Goldfields at the turn of the century.

Stop to view the spring flowers.

Coolgardie, the birthplace of the 1892 gold rush, with pioneering heritage proudly presented in its architecture and museums.

Take your 4WD with roof top tent to Goongarrie Homestead, Yeo Lake, Lake Mason Homestead, Credo Homestead, Jaurdi Station or camp within the Great Western Woodlands (Wallaroo Rock, Cave Hill, Burra Rock).

Explore Kalgoorlie

Put on a hardhat for a guided tour of the Super Pit – this 6km hole in the ground is one for the largest open cut mines on Earth.

Discover and admire the grandeur of Kalgoorlie’s gold rush history and architecture. Get a taste of life today in the lively pubs, clubs and cafes and restaurants of Australia’s largest outback town.

Play a hole on the world’s longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links.

Nullarbor Links golf course, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia Australia's Golden Outback Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Nullarbor Links golf course, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia © Australia’s Golden Outback

Leg 2: Kalgoorlie to Menzies and Lake Ballard 207 kms 2 hours

Pass the ghost towns of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Good darri to reach the historic gold mining town of Menzies.

View one of the largest and most remarkable outdoor galleries on Earth at Lake Ballard, where fifty-one Antony Gormley sculptures stand against the stark white salt bed.

Antony Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard Tourism Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Antony Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard © Tourism WA

Leg 3: Menzies to Kookynie, Leonora and Gwalia 286 kms 4 hours

Explore the ruins of Kookynie’s industrious past.

Explore the historic gold rush precinct of Gwalia, including the museum and historic Hoover House – once home to the former American President Herbert Hoover.

Grand Hotel, Kookynie, Western Australia Tourism WA Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Grand Hotel, Kookynie, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 4: Leonora to Laverton and Kalgoorlie 473 kms 5 hours

Pass the old nickel mines of Murrin Murrin and Windarra and the sites of Hawkes Nest, Mount Morgans and Old Rail Bridges.

Laverton, Western Australia Tourism WA Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Laverton, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 5: Kalgoorlie to Perth 593 kms 6 hours

Follow the golden pipeline from Kalgoorlie back to its source in the Perth Hills.

Kalgoorlie Boulder Tourism WA Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Kalgoorlie Boulder © Tourism WA
Total kilometres: 2,152
Total travel time: 24
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Itinerary: courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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