Kalgoorlie isn't that bad, go visit! Kalgoorlie is a great place! I have been here for two months and like it.
I currently reside in Kalgoorlie, and I can honestly say it's a terrible place -- I've been here one year too long (only been here for a year). It's great if you want to spend your time drinking with people who think they're better than everyone because they work in a mine. Don't come here!
I hate Kalgoorlie -- it's so dull, full of greedy morons, and the money is poor compared to the north of Australia, but all the kiwis think it great.
I moved from Perth to Kalgoorlie more than two years ago. I agree that it isn't really a place you'd want to come for a holiday but I am pretty offended that people call us rednecks as most of us are the furthest thing from it. I'm from inner city Perth and most of the people I know and are friends with are from places other than Kalgoorlie in the first place. In fact 5% of our population is from New Zealand and another large proportion from South Africa. We are not rednecks -- it's just a few who give us a bad name.
I find that others that come to the town and slag it off have no real understanding about this town. I am twenty-something from Perth who came with my boyfriend to this town to "get ahead." The money is excellent and housing reasonably cheap compared to Perth.
Perth girl living in Kal
Kalgoorlie -- well what can we say? It's a small town that parties ten times harder than any other. Living it up trailer trash style is the way to go. There are four boys to every girl -- we are not going anywhere too soon! Grab yourself a Kalgoorlie miner, and you can then wave goodbye to any intentions you may ever acclaimed of entering the workforce.
I hate Kalgoorlie! It's the pits! It is a place full of greedy miners whose goal in life is a five-metre wide plasma TV, three beer fridges, and three enormous 4WDs parked on the driveway! All they live for is now and they are some of the most arrogant morons on the planet!
Go to Kalgoorlie and let it all hang out. I ran naked passed the three brothels and came very near to being busted by the cops. Work is easy to find, and the night life is amazing. Keep your Kalgoorlie storeys to yourself as the real world might have a problem with it.
Kalgoorlie is a great place to visit, but hard to work in. You will have the time of your life if you do not take yourself too seriously. If you’re just passing through and thinking of spending a few weeks there watch your drinking because you will drink your travel money.
There's a bakery which opens about 4 in the morning on the other side of the tracks of the train station and the town. If you get in to town at a weird hour it's a couple of streets from the train station and a life saver.
Passing through and want an ice-cream? Gelare's Jamaican choc rocks.
Gelare is on the main Street in front of the Tourist Info Centre.
P.S. Kal is famous for two things, gold mining in which tonnes of cyanide are mixed to sleuce the gold from the ore, and the town's brothels as all of the rednecks that work on the mines sites ... you know.
Kalgoorlie is a place you'll either love or hate. I loved it. It was my home for only 3 months but will always be a part of me.
Kalgoorlie, also named Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is in Western Australia at the end of the Great Eastern Highway, about six hundred kilometres from Perth, so in the middle south of the state. It's the biggest city of the Goldfields-Esperance region, and the fifth-largest of Western Australia.
There are a few hostels in Kalgoorlie, around the Great Eastern Highway and Hannan Street. The gold rush in the end of the nineteenth century brought hundred of men after prospectors like Patrick (Paddy) Hannan discovered the first nuggets. Today, you can walk around the city and admire beautiful examples of gold rush architecture, such as the City Markets, the Government Buildings, and the Kalgoorlie Miner Building -- they might not be too far from your hostel. In fact, Hannan Street has changed very little since its early days of construction. At the end of this street, underneath an original poppet head, you can visit the Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie-Boulder, explaining the history of mining.
At the southeast entrance of the city, a must do is the Super-Pit Lookout and the Golden Mile. You may need transportation or a bus from your Kalgoorlie hostel. The KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines) Super-Pit is an open cut that can be seen from space, just over three kilometres long, just over one kilometre large, and five hundred metres deep. Trucks the size of houses move hundreds of tons of rocks all day long, every day. It is the largest gold mine of Australia. Check at the visitor center to know the blasting time of the day. Kalgoorlie also hosts two holes of the longest golf course in the world, the Nullarbor Links. It is very close to the Nullarbor Plain.
Most of the Kalgoorlie hostels are not too far from the city center, where you will find bars, restaurants, and shops, and the Goldfields Outback pubs are just a short drive from the city and the backpackers. The train station is three streets away from Hannan Street, where you'll find some backpackers.
Hi, I'm Cleopatra,
the Hostelz.com local expert for Kalgoorlie hostels. Welcome.
Earn money while staying in hostels.
Hostelz.com pays $10 (that's roughly €9) for full-length reviews of hostels with photos. If you're interested, use this form to request more information.