Boulder – Coolgardie

Coolgardie Visitor's Centre

Coolgardie Visitor’s Centre

Coolgardie Entrance Sign

Coolgardie Entrance Sign

– Widgiemooltha – Norseman – Dundas Rocks and Township Ruins – Bromus Dam

I left Boulder this morning after bidding Donna goodbye, filling my gas cylinder and water up. I head to Coolgardie to check out the “Mother of the Goldfields” established in 1892.  I travel through the Great Western Woodlands again and am still in awe about the size of this.  It’s my day for passing oversize loads – four lots of them by the end of the day – two trucks in each convoy carrying enormous loads – I get right off the road and wait as they go by. This is certainly the land of BIG!!

Coolgardie has the usual grand old buildings, celebrating its mining past and history, the wide main street (wide enough for a camel train to turn in) – it also has a pioneer park full of mining memorabilia – including a statue of a camel named Misery who was owned by Mr A P Brophy, claimed the world record in 1895 of riding his camel 600 miles without water. The lookout has a view over the mines surrounding the town. I found the “Peter Pan” a stone residence c 1895 and the RSL used to be the “Marvel Bar Hotel” circa 1897. There are several Museums and historical displays in the town. After driving around exploring what Coolgardie has to offer, I head off to Widgiemooltha and then to Norseman.  More woodlands and oversize loads greet me on this stretch.

After Norseman I head to Dundas Rocks 0n the Esperance road – about 25 kilometres south of Norseman.  These are a group of granite rocks in an unusual formation – there’s a swamp nearby.  I go to explore the site of the Dundas Township which died almost as soon as it sprang to life in 1894 – it was home to a number of families in the 1890’s but Norseman became the bigger settlement and the town eventually died. There are street signs and markers for the hotel as well as some wooden posts still standing forlornly. I decide to head to Bromus Dam as I need to get some computer work done so an early pull up is called for.  Bromus Dam has a really nice outlook, and water will hopefully mean some wildlife in the early morning. A few campers come in and we have a drink around the campfire so a pleasant end to the day.

Coolgardie Building

Coolgardie Building

Coolgardie park

Coolgardie park

Coolgardie Camel "Misery"

Coolgardie Camel “Misery”

"Misery" Information

“Misery” Information

Coolgardie view from Lookout

Coolgardie view from Lookout

Coolgardie RSL
Coolgardie RSL

Coolgardie Pioneers

Coolgardie Pioneers

Woodlands

Woodlands

Great Western Woodland Map

Great Western Woodland Map

Oversize Load

Oversize Load

Dundas Rocks Information

Dundas Rocks Information

Dundas Rocks

Dundas Rocks

Dundas Township info

Dundas Township info

Dundas Hotel site

Dundas Hotel site

Dundas Swamp

Dundas Swamp

Bromus dam

Bromus dam

Bromus Dam wetland

Bromus Dam wetland

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