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Because of the 'fly in, fly out' (FIFO) contracts that many mineworkers operate on - and the steady flow of consultants and other service providers coming in and out from Perth - the airport in Kal is an unexpectedly busy place.
The good news is that there are many more flights between Kal and Perth than you would usually expect for what is, after all, only a medium-sized country town. The bad news is that mining companies block book seats to match their work rosters, so there is often pressure on seat availability.
Thus, if you're planning to fly into or out of Kal, make sure that you book your flight well in advance. Also don't expect too much in the way of cheap fares for the same reason as the flight operators already have enough bums on seats not to need to discount.
The Indian Pacific passes Kalgoorlie on its 4352 km long journey from Sydney to Perth.
I took the train from Adelaide to Kalgoorlie and enjoyed the trip a lot. Just had a place in the "cheap" seater section, but it was comfy enough for me. There's a lot of legroom, the seats do recline and there's even a shower in the carriage!
I had to change the date on my ticket and was pleasantly surprised that it was done without any problems nor a fee!
Before buying your ticket, get a YHA (Youth Hostel Association)card. It saved me 50%!
There is a Kalgoorlie-Boulder public bus service called the TransGoldfields service. The buses go from 101 Hannas Street to the suburbs of Lamington, Hannans and Piccadilly during the hours of 7.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays. There are also taxis to get you around – Twin City Cabs. If you don’t drive yourself to Kalgoorlie, then it is best to take guided tours while there.
Twin City Cabs : Ph 9021 2177
Kalgoorlie is around 600km east of Perth. It will take you around 7 hours driving along the Great Eastern Hwy. It is a long and boring road at times and for the last 100kms, you should make sure you fill up because there is a long stretch after Southern Cross where there is no opportunity to find gas.
Travelling Perth to Kalgoorlie by train will take you over the Darling Range. The Indian Pacific runs twice a week from Perth to Adelaide and Sydney and stops in Kalgoorlie. There is also a less expensive way on the Prospector service with Transwa which runs daily to Kalgoorlie and return. The trip takes about 7 ¾ hours. The train station sits on Forrest Street with the Railway Hotel opposite.
You can fly to Kalgoorlie with there being direct flights from Perth and Adelaide. The flight takes around 1 hour from Perth by either Qantas or Skywest.The airport is only about 5 mins from downtown Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
Transwa is probably WA's best regional transport provider linking many regional centres by train or coach services.
The "Australind" train provides a quick and efficient twice daily rail link between Perth and Bunbury and the "Prospector" train between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Transwa also operates coach services to places such as Kalbarri in the north, Esperance in the south-east and Albany & Augusta in the south.
There is a service, the Perth–Goldfields Express which runs daily. The coach service from Perth links Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Lenoora, Menzies and Laverton.
Perth-Goldfields Express Ph 1800 620 440