Cave Hill Woodlines

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesCoolgardie
DifficultyDifficulty 3.5/5
Suitable For4WD Camper 
Distance386.1 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed59.08 km/hr
Travel Time6 hrs 32 mins
Page Updated: 28 Feb 2015


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.


MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Preparation for this route should be as for any other remote 4WD track, including carrying sufficient fuel, water, food, supplies, communications gear, safety equipment and first aid, along with emergency backup supplies. Check your fuel range and plan detours for resupply at either Newdegate or Hyden. The terrain is dense in many places and the track winding with driver visibility impaired when passing traffic so a flag on your vehicle is recommended.

There are numerous tracks in the area and some may be unnamed or not shown on maps. A wise precaution is to get hold of some updated and detailed mud maps of the area. You could also get some digital maps of the region such as: Explore the Holland Track and Cave Hill Woodlines and you could load these into software-based navigation like OziExplorer, which incidentally should be already installed and running on your laptop. See our navigation articles for more information.

Be well prepared with a GPS, HF radio or Satellite phone as you may not see another vehicle for days. We advise that you refer to the latest information and advice about outback communications in the Communications Topic.

There may be risks with getting punctures, so please make sure you have adequate recovery gear and puncture repair kits. Travellers should read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for vehicle setup and driver awareness.


No permits are required for Cave Hill Woodlines, although road conditions for this trek may vary so please check with the Coolgardie Visitors Centre on: (08) 9026 6090

Shire of Coolgardie

Phone: (08) 9080 2111
Fax: (08) 9027 3125
Website: Shire of Coolgardie

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolHyden.
4cyl 54 litres4cyl 62 litres4cyl 77 litres
6cyl 59 litres6cyl 70 litres6cyl 68 litres
8cyl 59 litres8cyl 64 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Please note that road closures apply when it is wet.

Closest Climatic Station

Southern Cross Airfield
Distance from Trek Mid Point 82.09km NW
Mean Max. °C34.833.830.626.221.517.916.618.521.426.329.932.7
Mean Min. °C17.717.615.
Mean Rain mm29.724.135.723.429.527.334.628.221.813.418.517.6
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Hyden


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Coolgardie to Burbanks
Driving: 9.56 km
Heading: 197°
Avg Speed: 69.48 km/hr
EST Time: 08:15
Burbanks to Londonderry
Driving: 4.82 km
Heading: 205°
Avg Speed: 81.28 km/hr
EST Time: 03:33
Londonderry to Nepean Rd & Burra Rocks Access
Driving: 9.64 km
Heading: 200°
Avg Speed: 89.42 km/hr
EST Time: 06:28
Nepean Rd & Burra Rocks Access to Burra Rock
Driving: 34.23 km
Heading: 157°
Avg Speed: 45.91 km/hr
EST Time: 44:44
Burra Rock to Cave Hill
Driving: 39.6 km
Heading: 175°
Avg Speed: 45.34 km/hr
EST Time: 52:24
Cave Hill to Cave Hill Tk & Brown Rock Access
Driving: 13.77 km
Heading: 226°
Avg Speed: 33.13 km/hr
EST Time: 24:56
Cave Hill Tk & Brown Rock Access to Trig Station BBN 81T
Driving: 28.34 km
Heading: 248°
Avg Speed: 41.82 km/hr
EST Time: 40:39
Trig Station BBN 81T to Victoria Rock Rd & Cave Hill Access
Driving: 12.7 km
Heading: 256°
Avg Speed: 31.41 km/hr
EST Time: 24:15
Victoria Rock Rd & Cave Hill Access to Victoria Rock Rd & Banks Rock Access
Driving: 17.85 km
Heading: 197°
Avg Speed: 70.97 km/hr
EST Time: 15:05
Victoria Rock Rd & Banks Rock Access to Victoria Rock Rd & Hyden Norseman Rd
Driving: 10.96 km
Heading: 196°
Avg Speed: 61.39 km/hr
EST Time: 10:42
Victoria Rock Rd & Hyden Norseman Rd to McDermid Rock
Driving: 4.18 km
Heading: 248°
Avg Speed: 45.09 km/hr
EST Time: 05:33
McDermid Rock to McDermid Rock Turn Off
Driving: 1.35 km
Heading: 154°
Avg Speed: 41.02 km/hr
EST Time: 01:58
McDermid Rock Turn Off to Hyden Norseman Rd & Windy Hill Camp Access
Driving: 31.48 km
Heading: 228°
Avg Speed: 91.16 km/hr
EST Time: 20:43
Hyden Norseman Rd & Windy Hill Camp Access to Emily Ann Mine Site Information
Driving: 0.52 km
Heading: 254°
Avg Speed: 39.41 km/hr
EST Time: 00:47
Emily Ann Mine Site Information to Turnoff to Breakaways
Driving: 23.09 km
Heading: 255°
Avg Speed: 96.57 km/hr
EST Time: 14:20
Turnoff to Breakaways to The Breakaways
Driving: 2.07 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 18.6 km/hr
EST Time: 06:40
The Breakaways to Grevillia Hill
Driving: 16.33 km
Heading: 255°
Avg Speed: 65.17 km/hr
EST Time: 15:02
Grevillia Hill to Shire Boundary
Driving: 12.92 km
Heading: 253°
Avg Speed: 81.77 km/hr
EST Time: 09:28
Shire Boundary to Hyden Norseman Rd & Southern Cross Rd
Driving: 25.54 km
Heading: 250°
Avg Speed: 88.82 km/hr
EST Time: 17:15
Hyden Norseman Rd & Southern Cross Rd to Forrestania Plots
Driving: 21.54 km
Heading: 270°
Avg Speed: 73.09 km/hr
EST Time: 17:40
Forrestania Plots to Holland Tk & Hyden Norseman Rd
Driving: 7.02 km
Heading: 271°
Avg Speed: 80.05 km/hr
EST Time: 05:15
Holland Tk & Hyden Norseman Rd to End of Seal (Hyden-Norseman Rd)
Driving: 9.16 km
Heading: 262°
Avg Speed: 50.19 km/hr
EST Time: 10:57
End of Seal (Hyden-Norseman Rd) to East Hyden Bin Rd & Wave Rock Access
Driving: 43.4 km
Heading: 268°
Avg Speed: 94.29 km/hr
EST Time: 27:37
East Hyden Bin Rd & Wave Rock Access to East Hyden Bin Rd & Hyden-Lake King Rd
Driving: 2.62 km
Heading: 231°
Avg Speed: 40.59 km/hr
EST Time: 03:52
East Hyden Bin Rd & Hyden-Lake King Rd to Lovering Rd & East Hyden Bin Rd
Driving: 1.03 km
Heading: 270°
Avg Speed: 57.79 km/hr
EST Time: 01:04
Lovering Rd & East Hyden Bin Rd to East Hyden Bin Rd & Alymore Rd
Driving: 0.62 km
Heading: 269°
Avg Speed: 34.49 km/hr
EST Time: 01:04
East Hyden Bin Rd & Alymore Rd to Hyden
Driving: 1.76 km
Heading: 278°
Avg Speed: 26.82 km/hr
EST Time: 03:56
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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