Kalgoorlie Arboretum

Explore Nature’s Riches

The Kalgoorlie Arboretum is impressive as it is ambitious. Established in 1954, it’s a botanic garden dedicated to growing the region’s native flora. 

Covering 26 hectares of land, it hosts a rich array of plant life. Inside you’ll find 60 species of eucalyptus trees, planted over the last 40 years, that provide enough shade for you to sit down and relax under. Known as a living museum for arid tree species, it’s a truly special place to explore 

As well as eucalypts, you can walk among exotic trees, and make your way through the area’s native wildflowers. Discover interpretive walk trails, which take you through the trees, shrubs, grass, and the red dirt of Kalgoorlie, with information plaques telling you what you’re looking at, so you can identify the species of native plants. You’re able to learn about the trees of the Great Western Woodlands—the largest remaining area of Mediterranean climate woodland left on earth.

The Kalgoorlie Arboretum is home to large numbers of native birds, too, which live among the grass and trees, and the small dam that sits in the middle of the arboretum.

It’s the perfect place for a relaxing walk, or to bring the family and have a picnic under the shade of the gum trees. You can even bring your furry friends, with a dog exercise area just for them.

But bear in mind that there aren’t toilet facilities available, so be sure you go before you get there.

What to know before you go

  • The Kalgoorlie Arboretum is a public park, so it’s free, all year round.

  • The Kalgoorlie Arboretum is an open-air park, and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just be sensible about when you go, as Kalgoorlie can get extremely hot over summer.

  • The Kalgoorlie Arboretum is on Hawkins Street, just across the road from Hammond Park. It’s easy to get to, just a six-minute drive from the Plaza Hotel.

  • The Kalgoorlie Arboretum isn’t just for plant-lovers. There are a number of walking and jogging trails, excellent birdwatching conditions, a space for picnics, and an area for the dogs to run free.

  • One of the main things to do at the Kalgoorlie Arboretum is walking, so bring some good walking shoes. Also, you’re in Kalgoorlie, so be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

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