In the late 1890's, Kalgoorlie's streets were a flurry of construction and development as the wealth generated in the gold mines was flaunted in grand and impressive architecture. The Palace Hotel, built in 1987, and designed to be the most luxurious hotel outside of Perth, stood tall amoungst them and continues to be a landmark building in Kalgoorlie.
This two-storey hotel, made from stone quarried from the local Ashlar quarries, was the first to have electric lighting with its own generator and fresh water piped to the bathrooms from the hotel's own condensers. The furniture for the hotel was supplied from Melbourne.
With its prominent position in the town, the Palace Hotel has been the scene of many famous, and infamous occurrences. Public speeches were delivered from the balconies to the people gathered in the street below, the Palace was used as a meeting place for many gatherings and public speeches.
One of the Palace Hotel's regular guests in its early days was Herbert Hoover, who as a 22 year old US mining engineer worked in the Goldfields for several years. During this time he reportedly fell in love with a barmaid at the hotel before leaving to marry his college sweetheart and continue his mining career in China, before rising to take the American Presidency in 1929. The elaborately carved mirror which stands in the foyer of the hotel was his parting gift to the barmaid who then donated it to her employees.
The Palace Hotel offers a variety of accommodation in 50 rooms varying from Single and Queen rooms with Private Balcony overlooking the city centre, to Standard Single, Double, Twin and Family rooms. Traditional style hotel rooms are also available in for gentlemen only in single, double or twin.
The Hoover Cafe is open from 10.30am til 6.00pm and boasts a relaxing and friendly cafe, bar and lounge area which makes for an ideal meeting place, be it either business or pleasure. A wide selection of snack and traditional lunches, including scones with jam & cream, is available daily. The lounge features luxurious chesterfield lounges, a writing desk, WiFi access, quiet ambiance and old world charm.
The Balcony Bar & Restaurant is Kalgoorlie's only balcony restaurant and overlooks the city centre, serving casual tapas and a la carte meals, it is Kalgoorlie's premier dining location.
An eight day international off-road endurance race starting in Australia's North West (Kununurra) and travelling south to finish in Perth.
The Australasian Safari is an off-road endurance rally that tests skill and courage throughout rugged outback Western Australia.The event includes over 4,000 competitive kilometres and attracts over 100 national and international competitors in four wheel drives, motorbikes and quads.
Considered the Paris to Dakar of the Asia Pacific region, the event is renowned as one of the toughest and most challenging motoring events in the world.
Off-road motoring enthusiasts (motorbikes only) can participate in the non-competitive category, Adventure Tour, to experience the event and explore Western Australia.