Car Hire from Kalgoorlie Airport
Western Australia is a region of huge open spaces and makes for an incredible road trip. The area surrounding Kalgoorlie Airport is renowned for its gold mining history and offers lots of exciting town and wilderness adventures for visitors. Hiring a car from Kalgoorlie Airport is the best way to get around and allows you the luxury of exploring at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Kalgoorlie Airport
There’s a good selection of car hire companies operating at Kalgoorlie Airport. Avis, AutoEurope, Budget, Thrifty and Keddy all have offices based in the airport’s small terminal building. All cars are on site too in the nearby car park.
Petrol Stations near Kalgoorlie Airport
If you hire your car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to ensure that you refuel the car prior to returning it.
There are a couple of petrol stations close to Kalgoorlie Airport. About five minutes’ drive away you’ll find a Caltex garage located on route 94. You can find it from the airport by turning left off Gatacre Drive. Also five minutes away, in the opposite direction, you will find a United Petroleum petrol station on Lane Street.
Driving around Kalgoorlie Airport
Traffic is rarely a problem around Kalgoorlie Airport. The town and airport are relatively small and easy to navigate. From the airport, Gatacre Drive heads towards route 94 in both directions. Northbound, route 94 heads into Kalgoorlie centre. Heading southwest it goes to Coolgardie and southeast towards Feysville.
Western Australia is huge and it’s always a good idea to study your map properly when planning a journey. What looks like a short hop on paper can in reality take the best part of a day. Drivers are advised to take regular breaks and prepare for a worst case scenario. This means taking a spare tyre, tools to change a tyre, a spare canister of petrol and enough food and water to last a few days in case you end up stranded. At dusk and dawn large animals, including kangaroos, can wander into the road so take extra care at these times.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Kalgoorlie Airport is one of the only ways to get around in this expansive region of Australia. From Kalgoorlie, here are a few places you can reach within a couple of hours:
Kalgoorlie is a small town twinned with the neighbouring town of Boulder. Both Kalgoorie and Boulder were once goldrush towns and visitors today can learn about the early prospectors who came to the town driven by their gold fever. You can also take a look at modern gold mining and go on a tour of the Super Pit. Around town, there are plenty of parks, restaurants and accommodation options too.
It takes just 10 minutes to get from Kalgoorlie Airport to Kalgoorlie town centre. The quickest route takes you left onto Gatacre Drive and then right onto route 94. The town’s grid system makes it easy to navigate.
Norseman can be found south of Kalgoorlie Airport. It’s a good base from which to explore the Nullabar Plains, a wild landscape of sheep farms, hiking trails and spectacular scenery. It’s possible to arrange a 4x4 adventure on the plains or play a round of golf on the world’s longest golf course. The town is also surrounded by some of the largest woodlands in the world where visitors can go hiking to see some incredible flora and fauna.
It takes around 2 hours to get to Norseman from Kalgoorlie Airport, taking route 94 southeast. Norseman is a small town with roads laid out over a grid system so it’s easy to get around either in the car or on foot.
Coolgardie is another old gold rush town. Visitors can head to the Goldfields Exhibition Museum, the Railway Museum or the Pioneer Cemetery to get a sense of the town’s past. In the local area, there are lots of natural beauty spots to explore too. Cave Hill Nature Reserve, Victoria Rock, Rowles Lagoon and the remains of an extinct volcano are all within easy reach.
Coolgardie is 30 minutes’ drive from Kalgoorlie Airport, taking route 94 southwest. Again, this is a small town with plenty of parking, good roads and good signposting.