The Golden Outback, WA: Destination Guide

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Experience Australia’s rich history and rugged landscape under the vast outback skies of Western Australia’s Golden Outback.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in the Outback or find and book accommodation in the Outback today.

About the Golden Outback

Explore Australia’s gold mining history in the Golden Outback. A vast and surprisingly diverse area that encompasses much of Western Australia, the region is wreathed in pioneering history, and offers more than a taste of the true Australian outback.

Things to do in the Golden Outback

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in this vast region. Visit old gold mining towns, explore natural wonders and rugged National Parks, experience incredible 4WD opportunities, and much more.

Attractions in the Outback

Wave Rock

Wave Rock in Hyden is one of Australia’s most iconic natural sites. Standing at about 14m high and 110m long, the rock formation resembles a tall breaking wave, hence the name. Hyden is also home to Mulka’s Cave, which boasts some traditional Aboriginal rock art, and a vast range of native Australian wildlife.

Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie is known as the Golden Mile, owing to its birth during the 1880’s gold rush.  Considered the real Wild West of Australia, the region boasts grand colonial architecture and wide open desert landscapes, shimmering salt lakes and gold rush ghost towns. Get a taste of the modern mining operations by gazing into the Super Pit, one of the largest open-cut mines in the world that measures about 3.7km in length.

Menzies

This old gold mining town is the home of Antony Gormley’s ‘Inside Australia’ display, which is the largest outdoor gallery on earth, with 51 sculptures over ten square kilometres. The gallery is situated by Lake Ballard, a white salt lake that in itself is worth a visit.

Mount Magnet

Mount Magnet is the longest continuous gold mining centre in Western Australia. After thoroughly exploring the rugged rocky region, head to the Wirnda Barna Arts Centre to marvel at the fine work of the region’s Indigenous artists. Mount Magnet also serves as a quality base from which to discover nearby towns Cue, Yalgoo and Sandstone.

Coolgardie

Coolgardie was the birthplace of the great gold rush of 1892, and has therefore cemented its place in Australia’s gold rush history. A trip to the town must include visits to the Goldfields Exhibition Museum and Ben Prior’s Park, which detail the town’s interesting pioneering past. Explore nearby ghost towns and outback nature reserves Burra Rocks and Cave Hill, and enjoy a picnic at Lion’s Lookout taking in the spectacular views.

Weather

The temperature varies greatly as you travel around the region, ranging from 15 degrees Celsius in the winter to 37 degrees Celsius in the summer.

Getting to the Golden Outback

The Golden Outback consists of a vast area of Western Australia, meeting both the Northern Territory and South Australian borders.

By car

If coming from Perth, head down along the Great Eastern Highway.

Where to stay in the Outback

The Golden Outback boasts a number of camping grounds and caravan parks. For more accommodation options in and around the Outback click here.

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