About Us

Welcome to the Shire of Coolgardie
Our Community, Our People, Our Future.

The Shire of Coolgardie is approximately 550 kilometres east of Perth, and 350 kilometres north of Esperance. It encompasses an area of 30,400 km² and includes the towns of Coolgardie, Kambalda East, Kambalda West, Widgiemooltha and Kurrawang. Approximately 4,100 people live in the Shire and it is adjacent to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Celebrated for the gold and nickel discoveries in Coolgardie and Kambalda, the Shire continues to host the mining industry, which plays a very important role in our community, with more than 20 mining and processing companies operating throughout the Shire. Gold Fields St Ives mine, south of Lake Lefroy, is the third largest gold mining operation in Australia. The gold and nickel companies all are at the cutting edge of mining innovation and offer great career opportunities.

Pastoralism and Tourism also play a pivotal role in our Shire. There are many great sights to visit and things to do. Please follow the links in our Tourism section to see what great adventures you can discover. View our heritage collections and buildings, take a day trip on one of the many outback trails in our Shire, explore the remnants of ghost towns, go landsailing, camping, catching yabbies or fossicking. The choice is yours.

Coolgardie – Mother of the Western Australian Goldfields

Coolgardie was the first settlement of the Western Australia Eastern Goldfields. Coolgardie saw the biggest movement of people in Australian history when gold was found at Fly Flat back in 1892. Although the town’s population has decreased since, there are some wonderful historic buildings and collections around the town which are worth taking time out to see. The Goldfields Exhibition Museum, Pharmaceutical Museum, Railway Museum and Warden Finnerty’s Residence, just to name a few.

The perfect way to discover the outback is by self-drive trails. The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail runs alongside the precious water-giving pipeline, which has provided water to the region for over 100 years. The Golden Quest Discovery Trail and Holland Track also tell the story of the quest for gold and explain the fascinating history of the towns they pass through.

The Shire covers an area of 30, 400 km² and is responsible for the towns of Coolgardie, Kambalda, Kambalda West, Widgiemooltha, Bullabulling and Kurrawang.

Moderate weather conditions are enjoyed with an average maximum temperature of 27.1C and an average minimum temperature of 12.2°C. The temperature remains in the high 30’s between December and February. The average annual rainfall is 271 millimetres, with the wettest months usually being June to August.

Today the Shire of Coolgardie is still well known for its gold and nickel operations, pastoralism and tourism. Coolgardie does deserve a special place as the “Mother of the Western Australian Goldfields"