7th January 2016
With Rebecca Brewin from My Bloggable Day
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and move to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. I did the same thing and made the move from Melbourne to the Goldfields. You’ve no doubt heard of the mines and skimpy bars, but here’s what you really need to know about moving to the Gold City.
You will make life long friends…
Kalgoorlie-Boulder is full of people who have blown in from cities across Australia to seize opportunity or kick-start their careers. Pair that with welcoming locals and you will soon find yourself with 10 best friends on speed dial. You will make friends through work, schools, through sporting teams, arts and theatre clubs, social nights and networking opportunities.
…And find them in strange places
Because you tend to bump into people constantly in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, you are guaranteed to see people again and again until you are best mates. That girl you laughed with in the line for the toilet during a comedy night at the Arts Centre, that guy you sat next to at a carbon farming forum, the lovely lady who serves you coffee every day? Instant friends.
Your social calendar will never be fuller
A 5km social fun run, breakfast at Relish, a festival in Hammond Park, a tasting at the local brewery, a VIP night at your salon and that’s just Saturday sorted. Moving to Kalgoorlie-Boulder means never being short of something to do. Being six hours from the closest major city means we have to make our own fun and with so many creative people planning fun events you will more often find yourself double or triple booked, than with nothing to do.
You will fall in love with the convenience
Never having to battle traffic, finding a parking spot, or jostle with crowds on a packed train is life changing. If you work in town expect a five-minute or less commute to work. I’m not kidding. Imagine what you can do with those extra five hours a week not spent in the car. Feeling less stressed already?
You will experience weird and wonderful weather phenomena
Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s unique location on the edge of the desert makes for some amazing weather experiences. Expect spectacular summer storms that drive local photographers to the streets to take electrifying lightning photos as well as the occasional apocalyptic red dust storm (totally harmless!). The day you enter a debate as to whether that rumble was an earthquake or a mining blast, you’ll know you’re a local.
You will see beautiful landscapes and nature
Kalgoorlie-Boulder is (unfairly) not known for its natural beauty. But the city is in fact located in one of the largest intact temperate woodlands in the world, known as the Great Western Woodlands. Expect magical moments like spotting kangaroos on your evening run in Karlkurla Park and get used to seeing mind-blowing sunsets most nights.
You will discover amazing opportunities
Kalgoorlie-Boulder welcomes those who want to give life a go. Always wanted to sing on stage? Be the secretary of your local soccer club? Plan a crazy themed fundraising night? Kalgoorlie-Boulder is where you will find the opportunity and support to do so. This community is one that rallies for its members and wants to see them succeed.
You will gain new perspectives
There are challenges associated with living in a remote city and they will give you a greater perspective on life and the fabric that makes up Australia. Sometimes it can feel isolating and frustrating to live inland, but you will walk away with a greater respect for the people who keep our regions, farms and mines alive.
You will have amazing new experiences
I guarantee you will be invited to attend an event you’ve never experienced before. Like a muddy rodeo on the edge of the Nullarbor or a spectacular black tie ball in a sparkling room that was once a basketball court. Ever been to a 1980s themed casino night? Or seen a talented trapeze artist spinning high above the concrete ground in the pouring rain? You are bound to experience something bordering on the bizarre that will prompt the thought ‘only in Kalgoorlie-Boulder!’.
You will find it hard to leave
I’ve seen many people leave Kalgoorlie-Boulder with a palpable sense of sadness. They know they are leaving behind a unique community that can’t be found anywhere else. So enjoy the time you have there and make the most of every opportunity.