Living in Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie is a mining city, 595km east-northeast of Perth, with many locals employed at the Super Pit, an open-cut gold mine. Students attending the West Australian School of Mines are located in the city with on-campus accommodation and easy access to local cafes, shopping centres and local facilities. Although isolated, Kalgoorlie is a thriving community with a colourful history and plenty of surrounding areas to explore.

Community amenities

Students have access to on-campus amenities such as accommodation, library and gym but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy what the region has to offer. Kalgoorlie is a modern city with many of the community facilities you would find in Perth. Curtin staff and the city’s Visitor Centre can assist with finding your way around.


Local fitness centres including Snap Fitness and Inspired Life offer extensive facilities, as well as access to classes and personal training.

Shopping centres

Coles, Woolworths and IGA supermarkets are located throughout the city and suburbs and within easy access of the campus.


Orana Cinemas is a short distance from the WASM campus and shows the latest movie releases.

Cafes, restaurants & hotels

Kalgoorlie is famous for its many historic buildings and hotels so there are plenty of places to meet friends and unwind. There are cafes and coffee shops in the centre of town and several within close proximity to student accommodation at the campus.


As a mining city, Kalgoorlie is a laidback and casual city. Many of the locals are employed within mining and work at the Super Pit, the open-cut gold mine.

There’s plenty to see and do in the historic city when you are taking a break from study. Cool off in the swimming pool at the local recreation centre or join one of the local sporting clubs.

Kalgoorlie is also increasingly becoming a tourist destination and there are plenty of places to explore within the area. Get a group of friends together and take a self drive tour of the region and surrounding towns.


Be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Kalgoorlie is known for its hot summers and its recommended to be prepared for temperatures which can reach above 40c. Most buildings are air-conditioned and provide a cool relief. Don’t be fooled by the location and the high heat in summer. The city can also experience chilly winters with minimums dipping to single figures.