History & Heritage

Located in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a vibrant regional centre with a population of 30,000 people. Its rich history and culture provide an experience like no other. There is something for everyone including a variety of activities and attractions, captivating scenery and enthralling culture. Kalgoorlie-Boulder promises a unique adventure to all who visit.

Kalgoorlie Town Hall

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre is located inside the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. Whether you need information on the area or just want to marvel at this magnificent building, the Kalgoorlie Town Hall has so much history and is located in the Kalgoorlie Central Business District. Guided tours of this historic building are available on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30am.

Boulder Town Hall and Goldfields War Museum

With its pressed tin ceilings, wrought iron balustrades, and beautifully preserved interiors, the Boulder Town Hall is the home of the Goldfields War Museum. Opened in 1908, not only is the building itself of historic architectural significance, but also provides a detailed history of the Goldfields. Visitors come from far and wide to the hall to see the priceless and world-renowned Philip Goatcher stage curtain. This spectacular artwork, painted in the Trompe-l’oeil or ‘optical illusion’ style, depicts the scene of the Bay of Naples and has hung in the hall since 1908.

Local guides offer tours of the Boulder Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am and the Goldfields War Museum on Thursdays at 1:30pm, including war artefacts from the Boer War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Immerse yourself in stories of the Goldfields region and its warfare history – a worthwhile and enriching experience for locals and visitors alike.

Museum of the Goldfields

The Museum of the Goldfields showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage. Step back in time to what life would have been like for early prospectors and their families in the early 1900s and explore the state’s largest collection of gold bars and nuggets.

Open daily, 10am to 3pm (closed public holidays. Open on Anzac Day 1pm-3pm).

A tour guide leads a group through a historical building
The Goldfields museum in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder