This historic trek note takes you back to the days when timber was needed to support mining operations at Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie
. Evidence of the woodlines is everywhere, from the remnants of rail sleepers and loading ramps near the main track, to granite slab walls on rock monoliths used to trap valuable water. Today and 65 years since operations had ended, the bush and the Salmon Gum and Gimlet forests have reclaimed the land.
There’s not only an abundance of historical significance in the region, but also many amazing natural land features. Just some of the sights you will encounter include; Burra Rock
, which is a large granite outcrop that slopes steeply southward and Cave Hill
which is one of the largest and highest granite monoliths in the region.
There are some camping and picnic sites available in Burra Rock
and Cave Hill
Nature Reserve with BBQ pits and toilet facilities. Camping is also permitted at The Breakaways
which is near a soft rocky outcrop just south of the main route.
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The tracks are a mix of gravel tracks and bitumen roads when you head closer to the towns. Some of these tracks have large washaways beside them, so caution should be exercised. The natural terrain on this trek is predominantly bushland with relatively thick forests of Salmon Gum and Gimlet. There are some large granite outcrops and monoliths with rock pools and the occasional salt water lake.
Some of the animals and birds that you may encounter on this trek note include: Kangaroos, Emus, Foxes, Mallee Fowl and Thorny Devils. During Spring, the region produces magnificent wildflower and flowering shrubs. Around Hyden
and Wave Rock
during this time produces a superb variety of orchids.