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Kalgoorlie is a mining town and it has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller. The largest open cut gold mine in Australia is a stones throw away from town though you wont notice it unless peer into the great cavity from the lookout. Over a hundred years of mining wealth has produced some beautiful old buildings that house pubs, post offices and general shops. There are mining museums, a mining hall of fame. The city can be used as a base to visit other towns in the region that have an equally rich history.
The Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy runs 397km north from Esperance to Coolgardie, from where you can drive the last 38km of the Great Eastern Hwy into Boulder. If you want go directly to Kalgoorlie, you can bypass Coolgardie by taking the Goldfields Hwy via Kambalda.
The Great Eastern Hwy leaves the city and goes through numerous small wheat belt towns and ends in Kalgoorlie 596km later. The road is sealed and well serviced though there are some very empty stretches where it can be more than 100 kilometers until you reach the next fuel pump. Many people drive it in a single day (in 6 hours many claim) but doing it in two, stopping the night in Merredin, will afford you time to visit York, Meckering and some of the Golden Pipeline Trail spots on the way.
Norseman sits at the western side of the Eyre Hwy ending the long drive across the Nullabor plain. From here it's 191km north on the Coolgardie-Esperance Hwy to Kalgoorlie.
The airport (IATA: KGI) is about 7km from the center of town and has numerous daily flights to Perth, interstate and regional centers. The airport is small but modern. Parking can be a problem as it is often full with cars left while their owners are are away. Taxis wait for every arriving flight and cost around $10 to town. There isn't an airport bus service and the local bus doesn't pass anywhere near the airport.
The Prospector is the train service operating between Perth and Kalgoorlie. In 2004, the new Prospector was introduced, which has cut the once notoriously long and oft delayed journey from 8-10 hours to approximately 7 hours. In Perth, passengers may board or alight the Prospector at the East Perth Rail Terminal or Midland Train Station. In Kalgoorlie, the Prospector departs and alights at Kalgoorlie Train Station. A standard adult fare is approximately $85, but discounts for children, students and seniors are available. The Prospector has nine services between Perth and Kalgoorlie each week. For more information visit Transwa 
Another rail alternative is the Indian Pacific, which operates between Perth and Sydney via Adelaide, with a scheduled three-hour stop in Kalgoorlie. For more information visit GSR 
As it is a current mining centre all the rental car companies are represented and have a large number of cars - except they can be all booked up and don't expect too many sports cars or small compacts ; large sedans and utes are the norm. Cars can be hired either at the airport or in town.
There are plenty of taxis in town to get you to any of the tourist spots that are outside the CBD. If you're only visiting Kalgoorlie for a short time most of the attractions in Kalgoorlie are within walking distance of the city centre. A taxi would be useful to go to the lookout at the Superpit.
Stay at one of the motels near the city centre (there are plenty) and walk to the different tourist attractions.
Goldenlines run a town bus service using ex transperth buses. These buses run around to the extremities of the town as well as to Coolgardie and Kambalda.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder does not offer a great deal of shopping opportunities. The town has the central business area in and around Hannan Street, which has a number of retail outlets such as Jeans West, K-Mart and Target. Kalgoorlie has several supermarkets, including Woolworths, Coles, Hannans Foodmart (24hr) & IGA.
Kalgoorlie is famous for its gold, and so gold jewellery, nuggets or coins make excellent souvenirs. There are a number of jewellery stores on Hannans Street, and gold souvenirs are also available from the Museum.
There are quite a few good restaurants in Kalgoorlie that are frequented by the mining executives that fly in from Perth. Most are attached to motels but there are some fine 'stand alone' ones also.
There are around 25 operating pubs in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The Palace and Paddy's are right in the middle of Kalgoorlie on opposite corners. The Eastern Hotel sits atop the city at 1 Hannan Street, and affords great views of the street at dusk, especially from the top verandah. They would be the most popular pubs in town but there are many others within walking distance where you can have a 'middy' with the locals.
There are many motels, one hotel, two backpackers and nine caravan parks. If you're planning to stay at a motel it may pay to book ahead as they can be busy in the current mining boom that's hit most of the worlds mining centres.
Both Backpackers are right on the famous Hay Street so you will be entertained at night time.
Free wifi can be found at the McDonalds on the corner of Roberts and Boulder Rd and the public library further down Roberts Rd.