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in the State, flanked by ornate heritage buildings, it’s a reminder of
the wealth here 100 years ago. Take a look at the Goldfields Exhibition
Museum, Warden Finnerty’s Residence (home of the town’s first Mining
Warden and resident magistrate from 1895), Lions Lookout and the
open-air museum at Ben Prior’s Park.
It’s worth a detour to Red Hill Lookout see Lake Lefroy and the
surrounding active mining operations. Bush trails around the hill reveal
local mining history and rare flora and fauna.
The landscape changes heading south to Norseman, a gateway to
Western Australia from the Nullarbor. The town is named after a very
lucky horse, who sparked a gold rush after a piece of gold was found
lodged in his hoof in 1894.
The Great Western Woodlands, ancient salt lakes and remnants of ice-age
river systems provide some dramatic drives in and around the town. We
also loved the life-size corrugated iron camels on the way into town, paying
tribute to the camel trains that carried mail and freight in the early days.
Other attractions in the area are Beacon Hill Lookout and Walk
Trail, and the Phoenix Tailings Dump. A majestic backdrop to the
town, the dump is a topless pyramid of mining residue that has been
shaped by the weather, and is believed to still contain gold. Also try the
Granite Woodlands Discovery Trail to Hyden, suitable for camping and
bushwalking, with wonderful spring wildflowers.
Attractions a bit further out include the world’s longest 18-hole golf
course, with 1365km between the first and last hole, stretching from
Kalgoorlie to Ceduna in South Australia. Dundas Rocks, meanwhile, are
huge ancient boulders scattered through the bush, and you can also check
out Fraser Range Sheep Station, Eyre Bird Observatory in the historic Eyre
Telegraph Station, and Mundrabilla, the site of Australia’s biggest meteorite.
CLOCKWISE from above The event’s medical service camp; dirtbiking
is one way to tackle the harsh terrain; the route is characterised by mine
sites; a reminder of the harsh outback conditions; metal camels greet you
at Norseman; one of the Inside Australia sculptures at Lake Ballard.
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