Walking over the old cemetery and reading the inscriptions on the old, neglected graves brings us close to those early gold rush times. Many young guys died after accidents in gold mines, tombstones were set by their "mates" or "fellow employees" because they had no family around. Many children died at a very young age. Quite moving.
Location: on the road to Kambalda/Norseman.
The old Palace Theatre was one of two theatres built in Bolder. It was built in 1937 and is only one of two buildings in this art deco style which was popular at the time. Today the building is owned by local business and community residents who wanted to provide a centre for local youth.
Location : Burt Street, Boulder
One of the historic buildings on Burt Street. In 1987, this was originally the Western Australian Bank but in 1927 amalgamated with the Bank of NSW. Since that time the building has been used by lawyers, drafters, a night club and a furniture shop.
Location : 38 Burt Street, Boulder
The museum which is within the Boulder City Railway Station opened in 2004 and many of the exhibits have been donated by local residents. The Loopline was opened in 1897 as an ore tramway but with the success in the goldfields, the railway became the main mode of transport for those travelling to work. It was once the busiest Railway Station in Australia hauling not only passengers but freight and firewood for the mines and at one time some 61 trains were needed per day to meet the demand.
Location: Corner of Burt and Hamilton Street
The federation styled buildingl was built in 1900 with 24 rooms and a shop which was first a hairdresser then a tobacconist. Today it is still a hotel and a distinctive building on Burt St.
Location : 99 Burt Street, Boulder
The two storey hotel was built in 1897 and was the first brick building constructed in the area. At the time brick buildings had salt water in the mix of the mortar but this one was unique in the respect they used fresh water. It has 30 rooms.
Location : 119-121 Burt Street, Boulder
The museum has quite a extensive range of war memorabilia which includes photographs and documents as well as bigger items such as tanks and other armoured vehicles. There is also a lot of personal items donated by the residents of Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
The museum is open 10 – 4 Monday to Friday, Weekends and Holidays 9 – 1.
The museum is also a tourist information centre.
Location 106 Burt Street, Boulder
The hotel was built in 1898 in a Federation style and is quite an impressive landmark. Originally there were two shops as well as the hotel but today that area is used as a beer garden.
Location : 1 Burt St (cnr Hamilton St), Boulder
You certainly can’t miss these huge Nickel pots on the highway. They are owned by WMC Resources, third largest nickel producers in the world. Obviously a photo stop while passing as you can actually stand inside them.
Location : On the Eastern Bypass Road, Boulder
The old Tattersalls Hotel was built in 1899 and is now known as the Rock-Inn Hotel and Beer Garden. The old hotel originally took up several lots which also incorporated shops. Some of these were removed for the beer garden. Unfortunately the building is nothing like its former glory. The sweeping verandah which was on the top story has gone and the building is falling into disrepair. At the back of the hotel is the Blackhawk Nightclub.
Location : 55 - 61 Burt Street, Boulder
This is quite a unique little museum. The chemist or pharmacy has been in operation for over a hundred years and displays quite a collection of old antique bottles and pharmaceutical equipment and also new items. Apparently this is WA’s only operating pharmacy which also doubles as a museum.
Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Saturdays 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location : 46-48 Burt Street, Boulder
Built in 1908, the Boulder Town Hall is quite a landmark on Burt Street. During its history it also operated as a Theatre and evidence of that is the old stage curtain which still survives complete with the original pulley system where Dame Nellie Melba is reported to have performed. This type of curtain was provided by Phillip Goatcher who was well known in his time for luxuriant drop curtains used in major theatres around the world. The curtain is open for viewing every Wednesday from 10am – 3pm and on the 3rd Sunday in the month.
Location : Burt Street, Boulder
The Super Pit Shop is open for enquiries into the tours for the Super Pit as well as other enquiries such as operational information, employment opportunities and for all the usual souvenirs related to the Super Pit. They also have some framed panoramic photos of the pit. The shop is open on weekdays from 9.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. and on Boulder Market Days (3rd Sunday of the month) from 9.30a.m. - 12.30p.m. Amazingly not on weekends.
The hour long tour for the Super Pit, depart at the shop at 10.00/10.30/11.00 and 1130am.
Location : 2 Burt Street, Boulder
Around the walls of the lookout are displays which depict the history and incredible technology which has been used to create such an amazing hole in the ground.
Location : The Super Pit Lookout
Some of the machinery and trucks are huge. There are 4 face shovels on site each worth $13 million and dwarf the average vehicle. The bucket of these trucks can fill 60 tonne. The speed of these vehicles only reaches a maximum of 2.1km/ph.
Location : The Super Pit