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Perth and Western Australia Meeting Planners Guide : 2016-2018 Meeting Planners Guide
2016-18 Meeting Planners Guide Golden Outback The Golden Outback is vast and diverse, spanning across 54% of Western Australia. It stretches from the rugged red earth of Mt Augustus in the north, to the snow-white beaches of Esperance in the south. Central to the Golden Outback is the mining hub of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields, offering insights into the history and heritage of the wild gold rush days and the State’s current resources sector. To the west lies the Wheatbelt, picturesque rolling farmland dotted with rural townships. The Great South West Edge is home to Esperance and the Fitzgerald Coast, which boasts some of the State’s most pristine and untouched coastal scenery, national parks and marine areas. The brilliant blue waters and pure white beaches create a dazzling contrast to the red earth of the surrounding outback. Experiences of the Golden Outback • Marvel at the spring wildflowers with over 12,000 varieties scattered throughout the region that bloom from late July to early December. • See the prehistoric formation of Wave Rock, a natural occurring phenomenon shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. • Try your luck gold prospecting and fossicking in the Goldfields. • Visit the Super Pit, Australia’s largest open pit gold mine – so big that it can be seen from space. • Marvel at 51 sculptures by artist Antony Gormley on the salt plains of Lake Ballard, Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, spanning 10 square kilometres. • Experience real outback Australian life at a station stay in the Gascoyne-Murchison region. • Be amazed at Mount Augustus, standing 715 metres high with a 49 kilometre scenic base – it’s twice the size of Uluru! • Visit Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay in Esperance, where you might find yourself in the company of local kangaroos. Meeting and conference spaces plus accommodation • Goldfields Art Centre in Kalgoorlie boasts a 700-seat theatre, function room, licensed bar and seven small meeting rooms. • Also in Kalgoorlie is the purpose-designed conference facility, WNC Conference Centre, with a 324-seat auditorium and four seminar rooms. • In addition, Kalgoorlie has a range of hotels and resorts with accommodation and conference facilities. • Situated in the heart of Esperance, close to the picturesque Esperance Bay, is the Esperance Civic Centre – a 514-seat auditorium with an adjoining 200-seat reception room. • Esperance also offers a variety of accommodation and event spaces overlooking the South Coast. Getting there Esperance can be reached via Albany Highway and along the South Coast Highway. Drive time is 7hours 25 minutes. Esperance is serviced daily by Virgin Australia, with flights to and from Perth. Flight time is 1 hour 35 minutes. Kalgoorlie can be accessed by road via Great Eastern Highway. Time by road is 6 hours 25 minutes. Qantas and Virgin Australia operate daily flights between Perth and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Flight time is 1 hour 10 minutes. Experience WA’s great rail journey - the Prospector. A relaxed and comfortable trip reaching Kalgoorie in just over 6 hours 30 minutes. Qantas and Virgin Australia operate domestic flights from Perth to locations around the Golden Outback, with Virgin Australia operating a direct flight to Kalgoorlie.