In the outback, everything is big: blue skies, woodland forests, gold mining pits and larger that life characters. An economic driving force integral to Western Australia, the Golden Outback attracts tourists seeking red dirt deserts, pristine white beaches, and the legacy of the Wild West.
Esperance's famously unspoiled white beaches mark where the Golden Outback meets the Southern Ocean. Five national parks make this destination a nature haven as well as human beachgoers, Cape Le Grand National park's blinding sands attract sun-baking kangaroos. Experience the peaceful coves via an organised tour, or drive and explore at your leisure.
The biggest drive, bar none, is across the Nullarbor Plain – some get it over and done with, while others take their time to appreciate the vast open space, enjoying whale-watching and spectacular cliffs plunging into the Great Australian Bight.
Ideal for camping, the Wheatbelt area is granite belt country, with fascinating formations – the most famous of which, Wave Rock, lives up to its description. It's also a hotbed of wildflowers, particularly around Morawa, Mullewa and Paynes Find.
Between vast stretches of farmland are bigger towns like Narrogin and Merredin. Smaller ones have just an outback pub and general store.
The Goldfields themselves have a famed history. American president Herbert Hoover spent his early years there, managing goldmines in the Western Australian outback. These days, ghost towns like Kalowna, Ora Banda and Kookynie tell the stories of abandoned dreams, while small towns such as Leonora, Menzies and Coolgardie still exist, with their current mining communities nearby.
The twin Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie and Boulder have merged overtime. Hannan Street the main drag in Kalgoorlie – and Burt Street in Boulder, and lined with imposing historic hotels and 120-year-old buildings, reflecting the grandeur of the gold rush and its larrikin culture, with a pub literally on every corner.
Nature has something to say about survival, too. In what most would consider a desert, the red dirt supports one of the largest temperate woodlands left in the world.
The Golden Outback is rich in fascinating Dreamtime history. The region's Indigenous groups include the Wongi people of the Western Desert and the Goldfields, the Yamatji people of the Gascoyne-Murchison region, and the Noongar people from the Wheatbelt and Esperance South Coast. Take an Indigenous guided tour, on which you can learn about how the ancient land was shaped by the ancestral dreaming spirits, across the immensity of the landscape.
The best time to visit is spring, for lovely weather and wildflowers. Winter can be chilly, temperatures dropping to sub-zero by night, while summer can be well over the old century (38°C).
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ush Ghoodhu Wongutha Tours gives you a glimpse into both the modern and ancient history of Kalgoorlie on a range of tours.
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Since our inception in 1982 Goldfields Air Services (GAS) has enjoyed a steady growth in success to become one of Australia's most respected Charter Organisations
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Start your journey at the Esperance Foreshore, where the iconic Whale Tail sculpture stands tall on the Esplanade.
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Jingemia Cave is a distinctive natural feature in a band of low rocky hills that extend between the towns of Carnamah and Moora.
Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters is a locally operated business specialising in giving visitors a fantastic experience in the Goldfields. 'The Super Pit Tour' is a must on your Kalgoorlie visit!
The Mini-Stream Express offers miniature train rides for young and old. From October 1st to April 30th, daily during school holidays, weekends only during school terms. 10:00am to 4:30pm.
Experience the wonder of gliding above the Western Australian Wheat Belt with the Narrogin Gliding Club!
The Ngadju Dancers of the Norseman Ngadju people, are the first and only traditional dance group from the southern Goldfields region (of Western Australia) to perform in public.
Let the Cultural Tours team take you to local important Aboriginal sites, and teach you different skills and techniques for tracking and finding your way and finding food, and more!