It is estimated that Western Australia's Goldfields once had the highest concentration of hotels per head of population in Australia. In the twin towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder (today the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder) there were once 79 pubs, 44 of which were in Kalgoorlie. By 1902, ten years after the momentous gold discoveries at Coolgardie, it's probable that there were in excess of 150 pubs across the region, which then had an adult population in the vicinity of 50,000.
In Kalgoorlie-Boulder, there are many pubs from the goldrush era that are still entertaining guests well over a century after they first opened their doors. They provide the city with much of its unique character.
Beyond Kalgoorlie-Boulder, fewer than a dozen of these historic pubs remain in operation. They are located at Coolgardie, Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Menzies, Kookynie, Laverton, Leonora and Agnew. These establishments have not only endured but have become iconic symbols of the goldrush era, and much-welcomed relaxation and refreshment points for the region’s many visitors.