Train and history buffs should make a stop at the Loopline Railway and Museum in Boulder for fascinating insights into the birthplace of the great gold rush. It’s the only surviving train station on what was once the busiest railway network in Western Australia, running up to 100 jam-packed carriages every day to transport miners and mining freight to and from the Goldfields.
Today, you can ride The Prospector train all the way from Perth to Boulder, on a journey that takes just under eight hours. Driving the Great Eastern Highway from Perth will get you there in six and a half hours, or you can fly from Perth to Kalgoorlie in just over an hour. The museum sits on the corner of Burt and Hamilton Streets.
The section of the Loopline Railway connecting Boulder to Kalgoorlie began operating in 1897, and the first electric trams followed in 1903, providing the main modes of transport for thousands of miners.
Check out the museum’s heritage displays that celebrate the Loopline Railway’s huge contribution to the history of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.