Make Kambalda East and Kambalda West two must-stops on your Golden Outback adventure. Take time to stroll through the region’s native bushland, or enjoy this timeless natural landscape at a more thrilling pace, trying rock climbing and land sailing.
You can take an extended road trip to the twin towns of Kambalda, which are seven hours east of Perth and 40 minutes southeast of Kalgoorlie, following the Golden Quest Green Trail. This detour off the Golden Quest Trail is a great way to discover local flora, fauna and outback landscapes, exploring reserves, conservation parks, walking trails, ancient caves, granite outcrops, native bushland and culturally significant Indigenous sites.
Head to Red Hill Lookout and hit the easy walking trail that takes you to the summit and rewards your efforts with views across the vast expanse of Lake Lefroy – one of the region’s most spectacular shimmering white salt lakes.
Lake Lefroy is widely recognised as one of the world’s best locations for land sailing, due to the sheer size of the dry salt pans. It’s been the location of many Australian land speed record attempts and if you’re lucky you might even get to witness one yourself. Watch as land sailors achieve hair-raising speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour just centimetres from the ground, or satisfy your need for speed by hiring a land yacht and booking some lessons.
To experience local life at a slower pace, pay a visit to Kambalda’s Memorial Garden, which commemorates the town’s gold and nickel miners. Enjoy a quiet moment in the beautiful grounds, pondering the town’s mining history which stretches back to 1897when Kambalda was briefly established as a gold mining hub, before the nickel boom of the 1960s reinvigorated the town.
Flora enthusiasts should also stop by the Kambalda Herbarium – the largest collection of regional flora displayed in the Goldfields.
The camping areas at local reserves and conservation parks offer the perfect opportunity to pitch your tent under a star-filled outback sky. Or you can base yourself a little closer to Kambalda town with a stay at the caravan park.