Getting to Kalgoorlie-Boulder
As a major regional transport hub, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is well serviced by air, rail and road. Regular air services from Perth and Melbourne connect Kalgoorlie-Boulder with most domestic destinations.
Kalgoorlie Airport is one of the busiest in regional Australia with 31 flights coming into and departing the city every week (19 Qantas flights and 12 Virgin flights, of which three are direct from Melbourne). Almost 290,000 passengers passed through Kalgoorlie Airport in 2018.
The transport services coming into and departing Kalgoorlie-Boulder offer visitors a number of business and recreation opportunities; to fly directly from Melbourne to Kalgoorlie (3 ½ hours flying Virgin or Qantas), to pursue business opportunities in Perth (only 1 hour from Kalgoorlie flying Qantas or Virgin) or to relax and enjoy one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys, traveling in luxury on the legendary Indian Pacific from Sydney to Kalgoorlie.
Qantas and Virgin both offer conveniently scheduled, one hour flights direct from Perth to Kalgoorlie every day. Virgin also flies weekly from Melbourne to Kalgoorlie. Both airlines offer attractive fares for conference or other group bookings. The chart below provides an approximation of the cost of return flights from capital cities in Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The Prospector train service operates daily between Perth and Kalgoorlie. Following the famous Golden Pipeline, designed by CY O’Connor, the journey takes approximately six hours each way, stopping at several Wheatbelt towns. The Indian Pacific is one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys spanning the vast continent of Australia. The train travels from Sydney to Perth (via Kalgoorlie) twice per week, with seated and sleeping carriages avaliable.
The drive from Perth to Kalgoorlie (596km) takes approximately seven hours, with numerous towns along the route affording the opportunity to refuel, enjoy a meal and take a break. Crossing the Nullarbor on the Eyre Highway is considered one of the great road driving experiences; the drive from Adelaide to Kalgoorlie takes around two days.