AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST BROTHEL QUESTA CASA
HAY STREET Kalgoorlie is the home of the one of WORLDS oldest working brothels.
Questa Casa is Australias' longest operating brothel.
At least 111 years old, Questa Casa, aka "The Pink House", at number 133 HAY STREET, is the only original brothel remaining from Kalgoorlie's famous gold rush. The other currently operating brothel in the "red light district" in Hay street is The Red House. According to council records its building permit was issued October 1980, which explains the modern look.
The historical brothel Questa Casa offers tourists the unique opportunity to experience life from a bygone era.
Questa Casa is the only brothel that has the famous "STARTING STALLS".
Still operating, the girls throw open these infamous doors nightly.
The guided tour lasts about approximately 1&1/4 hours and takes you through the historical working areas of the house:- through the starting stalls at the front where the ladies first talk to the gentlemen (sometimes they are caught doing other things!!), and through rooms which the ladies use every night, the same rooms that have been used since this house was established. The cramped rooms (freezing in winter, stifling hot in summer), give a unique insight into the life of those who frequented these world famous illegal houses.
Hear stories of how it was in "old" Kalgoorlie, for the ladies and those often lonely miners who visited them.
Discover why, despite complaining bitterly about the working conditions, the ladies flocked here and kept coming back time and time again.
AGE LIMITATION APPLIES TO THIS TOUR! Due to the fact that Questa Casa is an operating brothel, it is a government regulation that nobody under the age of 18 is allowed on the premises
Due to the fact that the building is so old and the nature of its design, the tour is unsuitable for persons with mobility restrictions.
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3 PM and other times by arrangement.
Kalgoorlies' "QUESTA CASA" is one of the worlds longest operating brothels. Built at the turn of the 20th century (for those not good with centuries, that was 115 years ago) Questa Casa is the ONLY original brothel in Kalgoorlie
"this near-derelict row of tin sheds, each little bigger than a chicken coop, probably tells more of the towns history and social attitudes than all the over-restored pomp of Kalgoorlies gold-rush grandeur" wrote Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, Good Weekend, June 2005, when she named Questa Casa as one of Australias top 12 buildings.
Dr Farrelly is a Sydney architect, writer and critic on architecture, urban design, public arts and art theory.
Map & Directions
133 Hay Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430, AUSTRALIA
Questa Casa is right at the top of Hay Street, at 133, you cannot miss us, just look for our 11 pink doors.
Hay Street is located one street over from Hannan Street and begins at the intersection of Lane and Brookman Streets, just passed Woolworths. Turn left at the roundabout when coming from Hannan Street and we are right there on the left.
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