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1st December 2016

St. Barbaras Festival 2016 and Museum of the Goldfields Open Day

The annual St. Barbara’s Festival is a tribute to our patron saint of mining, the history of mining in Kalgoorlie Boulder and a celebration of our regional lifestyle.


Beginning this Thursday the 1st of December, keep reading to view the full itinerary of events of this year’s TransAlta St. Barbara’s Festival.

St. Barbara's Festival Mining Memorial held in Kalgoorlie Boulder as part of the St. Barbara's Mining Festival

Photo courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Miner’s Memorial

Thursday December 1st – 6:30pm

Held in St. Barbara Square, this solemn event is a remembrance of those who have lost their lives whilst working in the mining industry. We pause to pay respects to their memory and grieve with their remaining friends and family.

Santa isn a vintae car underneath the headframe at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Museum for the St. Barbara's Festival | We Love KB

Photo courtesy of the Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie Boulder

Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Open Day

Saturday December 3rd – 9:30am to 1:30pm

The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great place to learn about the history of our city and the Goldfields. Their annual Open Day is a celebration for all ages and entry is free! Included in the 2016 event is a petting zoo, hula hooping workshop, musical entertainment and the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa.

This year there’s also a sponge cake competition with a gorgeous prize to be won donated by Fossick Handmade.

Bring a little cash to spend for the sausage sizzle, coffee van and museum gift shop (Christmas presents!)

KCGM Mining haul CAT truck travelling down Hannan Street Kalgoorlie as part of the St. Barbara's Christmas Parade

Photo courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TransAlta St. Barbara’s Parade

Sunday 4th December – 3pm

Undoubtedly the most unique Christmas Parade in Australia this event is where mining machines make their way down Hannan Street and you have got to see it with your own eyes to really understand the magnitude of these giants.

Thousands of people will flock to our CBD to get a prime spot along the parade route to view the community floats, dressed up vehicles and the finale, a giant CAT haul truck.

The parade usually lasts an hour from start to finish and is partially shaded. We suggest bringing a water bottle and hat and something to carry home all the lollies in!


#StBarbs2016 Photo Competition

You could win $500 by simply sharing your favourite St. Barbara’s Festival photo! All you have to do is upload to either your Facebook or Instagram account and hashtag images with #StBarbs2016 – easy peasy!