Just 39 km. West of Kalgoorlie was the site of the regions first discovery of payable gold when three prospectors Paddy Hannan, Tom Flanagan and Dan Shea set out from Kalgoorlie to try their luck, by sheer chance one of their horses lost a shoe and they made camp. The next day they found over 100 ounces of alluvial gold nuggets so setting of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history.
Today Coolgardie offers the visitor an opportunity to see some of the regions best preserved early buildings and is an important stopping place for visitors driving through from the Eastern States of Australia.
Regular coach tours of Coolgardie operate from Kalgoorlie every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The gold rush era is well recorded in the town’s museums.