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Also known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie is a gold-mining town in the Goldfields-Esperance region in Western Australia some 596 kilometres east-north-east of Perth, the state capital. The locality's name is derived from the aboriginal word karlkurla, which is believed to mean "silky pear bush". Its land area of 103.1 square kilometres is home to an estimated population of 32,390 residents.

Kalgoorlie was established in 1893 following the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush. Three Irish prospectors-Tom Flanagan, Patrick Hannan, and Daniel Shea-struck gold, quite by chance, in the site now known as "The Golden Mile", quickly drawing people by the hundreds into the area. Today, gold-mining remains a very important contributor to local economy.

Kalgoorlie, which is a very large urban centre, is the Council Seat of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Local Government Area. The town is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia by the State Districts of Kalgoorlie and Eyre, as well as by the Federal Division of O'Connor in the Australian House of Representatives.

Its cultural, historical, and natural heritage provide numerous attractions that draw people to Kalgoorlie regularly. Some of the most notable tourism spots within the area include the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, Broad Arrow, Desert Art Shop Aboriginal Art Gallery, Golden Frame Art Gallery and Picture Framing, Golden Mile Super Pit, Goldfields Aboriginal Art Gallery, Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Hammond Park, Hannan's North Historic Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie Arboretum, Karlkurla Bushland Park, Museum of the Goldfields, Tyzone Amusement Centre, Western Australian Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and WMC Resource Nickel Pots.

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