Kalgoorlie Goldfields Free Camping

Kalgoorlie Goldfields is a major gold producing region in Western Australia and was established in the late 19th century. In January 1893, prospectors Paddy Hannan, Tom Flanagan, and Dan O'Shea were travelling through the area when one of them noticed signs of gold and they decided to stay.

Karramindie Rest Area

Karramindie Rest Area is a rest area on the southbound side of Coolgardie-Esperance Highway. Rubbish bins are provided and there is a Telstra mobile phone signal here.
Free Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinPublic Parking
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Yilkari Rest Area

Yilkari Rest Area is a large gravel drive through rest area on Anzac Drive. There are sunny and shaded spots and some tracks that lead into the scrub. Plenty of room for any size rig.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Feysville South Camping Area

Feysville South Camping Area is on the northbound side of the Goldfields Highway between Norseman and Kalgoorlie. There are a couple of bins at the entrance, but no other facilities.
Free Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area

Centennial Park Kalgoorlie

Centennial Park Kalgoorlie provides free overnight stop for caravans and motorhomes. There is plenty of room for any size rig and rows of trees provide some shade in the parking area.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Children's Play Facility

Lake Douglas Recreation Reserve

Lake Douglas Recreation Reserve is away from the highway but close to Kalgoorlie. This free camping area makes an excellent base from which to explore the area.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeBird WatchingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Camping Area

Coolgardie East Rest Area

Coolgardie East Rest Area is a large level rest area with bins and both shady and sunny camping spots.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadeBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Coolgardie Railway Station Museum & 24hr Stopover

Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigDump PointPets WelcomePhoto Opportunity
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Place of Interest
  • Public Dump Point

Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park

Rowles Lagoon is a semi-permanent freshwater body that is a haven for birds and bird watchers. This is a free camping ground with many campsites and room for large rigs
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampToiletsAccessibleShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansTent SiteNo PetsInformation BoardBird WatchingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground
  • Information

Burra Rock Camping Area

Burra Rock is a free camping area located 55km south of Coolgardie in the Goldfields Woodland National Park. The park is a popular day trip offering visitors a great picnic spot with a pretty backdrop of granite rock which is surrounded by regrowth.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansTent SiteNo PetsBird WatchingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Camping Area
  • National Park
  • Day Use Area

Banda Powell Mine Rest Area

Banda Powell Mine Rest Area is a roadside rest area with free overnight camping and a drive through configuration. There is plenty of room for large rigs. A little shade from a few scattered trees between the road and the rest area.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
Today, the population of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is over 28,000 and is the largest urban centre in the Australian outback. At one stage in the 1890s, the population of the goldfields area was thought to have exceed 200,000 and was reputed to be a lawless wild place.

Not surprisingly, mining is the largest industry in the area while tourism is also important. The Super Pit consists of a large area 3.6km by 1.6km and over 500m deep. It was created by the amalgamation of a number of smaller mining leases and operates around the clock. All workers live in the area, there being no fly-in fly-out employment here.

When the ore is exhausted, probably around 2017, it is planned to allow the pit to fill with ground water to create a lake. It is estimated that this process will take about 50 years to complete.

While in Kalgoorlie you can enjoy a guided tour of the Super Pit. North of the city is the vast salt pan of Lake Ballard which hosts the largest outdoor gallery in the world. Here you can admire the works of Antony Gormley.

But don't forget to visit the smaller gold town of Coolgardie. It has a fascinating history and an interesting mining museum.