Review: Banks Rock

My Place Rating: My Rating 4/5

Banks Rock is a fairly isolated and fascinating feature along the Victoria Rock Road, the turn-off being about 10 km north of the Hyden Norseman Road intersection. There is an easy trek (when dry) of about 3 kays or so to a camp site near the south-east base of the rock. A climb over relatively flat surrounding rock gets your vehicle/camper trailer even closer to the base of the main formation. Another track may lead to the north side but we have not explored the surrounds at that point. There seems to be a tree-sheltered possible campsite there. We camped on the south east side under the shelter of mallee trees. Expansive views of the surrounding country are available from the high point marked by a cairn. There's an easy climb to the top from the north side or a somewhat more challenging scramble from the south-east. Features include rock pools teeming with life after rain, a wave formation broken away from the parent rock, wildflowers, and those wonderful mallee trees of the dry country. Various other formations and sliding breakaways add to the scene. Plenty to explore if you are fascinated by these granite rock outcrops. No facilities at all for many kilometres so you must be fully self-sufficient. Caravan access not recommended. Probably better off-road caravan access at McDermid Rock not too far away off Hyden Norseman Road. But Banks has more to offer.
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