Norseman's Feral Metal Camels
is located 190 kilometres south of Kalgoorlie, 191 kilometres
west of Balladonia, and 204 kilometres north of the Esperance
The history of Norseman is very much tied
to gold mining. Gold mining in the Norseman area began with the
chance discovery of gold at nearby Lake Dundas in 1892. A gold rush
soon began. Today however the original Dundas fields now lay abandoned.
According to local legend the town of Norseman was named after a
horse. It is said that in 1894 a horse named "Hardy Norseman" was
tethered to a tree for the night by its owner, Laurie Sinclair.
Upon returning to his horse Sinclair had the good fortune to discover
that "Norseman" had unearthed a gold nugget. Since then a statue
has been erected in honour of Norseman - but not surprisingly it
is only cast in bronze! Today Gold Mining continues to be a major
activity with reports that the Norseman fields have produced over
5 million ounces of the precious yellow metal.
has a population of about 1600 people and as you would expect
for a town of this size it has a good range of facilities for
the Nullarbor traveller.
Ceduna and Norseman - a distance of 1200 kilometres - you will
find no other town with such comprehensive travel and shopping
facilities. Norseman is therefore a recommended rest and refuelling
has two 24 hour Roadhouses - BP and AMPOL. Both Roadhouses offer
shower and rest facilities for the traveler. EFTPOS is also available
and the AMPOL Roadhouse also sells pizzas. Norseman's Supa-Valu
supermarket is open 8-30 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and 830
am to 5pm on Saturdays. Sunday hours are 930 am to 1 pm. EFTPOS
facilities are also available at Norseman's supermarket, Roadhouses,
and the ANZ Bank which is located on Roberts Street. A Commonwealth
Bank agency also operates from the Dundas Post. Dundas Post's
web site can be viewed at www.DundasPost.com.au.
Tourist information and local maps can be obtained from the Norseman
Tourist Bureau which is located in Welcome Park. Noreseman's
Travel bureau can also arrange travel and accommodation bookings
both within Norseman and other areas of Western Australia. For
further information contact the Norseman Tourist Bureau on (08)
9038 1071. Travelers should also note shower and barbecue
facilities are available in the Welcome Park Tourist complex.
A tourist information bay is also located at the junction of the
Eyre and Coolgardie highways.
Norseman a range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets.
Gateway Caravan Park is also located on Prinsep Street. The
Gateway Caravan Park has air conditioned cabins, powered and unpowered
sites aswell as a camp kitchen, kiosk and laundromat facilities.
Pets are permitted when on a leash. For further information
telephone (08) 9039 1500.
Great Western Motel is located on Prinsep Street adjacent
to the Ampol and Gateway Caravan Park. The Great Western Motel
is a modern facility and has an in-ground swimming pool for the
use of guests. For further information contact (08) 9039 1633.
Eyre Motel can be found on the corner of the Eyre and Coolgardie
Highways. Norseman's Eyre Motel has 46 comfortable units
with 3 price ranges for budget, standard and deluxe rooms. For
further information telephone (08) 9039 1547.
Railway Norseman Motel is located at 106 Roberts
Street. The Railway Motel's accommodation options include motel style
units aswell as hotel style rooms. Room rates for singles $30, en suite units $50 - pets allowed - and spa rooms for $80 per night.
All rooms have a queen sized bed. The Norseman Railway Motel has the cheapest bar prices in town, a fully equipped gym and a four person spa.
Prices are valid as at 25 May 09. For further information and bookings
telephone (08) 9039 0003 or view The Norseman Railway Motel website. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Norseman Hotel is situated on Roberts Street. The Hotel
is your typical Australian country pub and offers single, double
and family rooms. Counter meals are available in the evening.
For further information telephone (08) 9039 1023.
101 can be found on Prinsep Street and offers budget accommodation.
Lodge 101 particularly caters for Backpackers and has kitchen
and television facilities. A free pickup service also operates
if prior bookings are made. For further information telephone
(08) 9039 1541.
the vicinity of Norseman there are a number of attractions of
interest to the visitor. Overlooking Norseman is the Beacon Hill
Lookout. From the top the visitor can take in some unique views
of the surrounding countryside, salt lakes, the Norseman township,
and a giant mine tailings dump. High altitiude views of the countryside
are definitely a rare phenomenon on the edge of the Nullarbor.
The Beacon Hill Lookout may not be "pretty", but it certainly
is spectacular. To get there just take the Old Mines Road and
follow the signs. The road is not particularly well signposted
however, and is not really recommended for cars towing caravans.
kilometres to the south of Norseman is Bromus dam - a popular
local swimming, camping and picnic spot. Bromus Dam would definitely
be a suitable camp site for people traveling on a shoestring budget.
28 Kilometres to the east of Norseman is Buldania Rocks which
is also another popular picnic spot, particularly in winter and
spring when Australian wildflowers can sometimes be seen.
fossicking permits can also be obtained from the Tourist Bureau.
The Norseman area provides prospective
gemstone enthusiasts with a chance of finding specimens of Moss
Agate, Gold Lace Agate and Moss Opalite. Gemstone leases and directions
can be obtained from Norseman's Tourist Bureau. Within Norseman
itself there is a museum at the Old School of Mines. This may
appeal to visitors with an interest in Australia's mining and
Heritage trail is located near Lake Dundas and offers the visitor
the chance to explore the bush and artefacts from the Dundas Goldfield's
pioneering years. Dundas Rocks is located within the heritage
area and provides good bush camping for the budget traveller.
Dundas Rocks: Site Of An old Gold Mining Town
Fraser Range Station
100 kilometres east of Norseman travelers can visit Fraser Range Station. Fraser Range Station is a working pastoral property, producing fat tailed Damara sheep. Accommodation available includes single and double rooms, caravan and tent sites. Fraser Range may appeal to people desiring to see a remote working property at first hand.
Net Travel Tips
you are travelling accross the Nullarbor in an easterly direction
be aware that South Australia has a quarantine check point at
Ceduna. Eat all your fresh fruit and vegetables before Ceduna
or they will be confiscated.
water supplies are available between Norseman and Ceduna so be
sure to stock up before crossing the Nullarbor.
you are heading west to Perth you have two options. Option 1 is
via Kalgoorlie and would appeal to travellers with an interest
in Australian mining history. A definitely more scenic route to
Perth is via the Esperance and Albany coastline. This area has
some of the best coastline in Australia and adds only a little
extra to your journey.
anxious about fuel prices should check Western
Australia's Fuel Watch site. This excellent site has regularly
updated petrol, diesel and LPG prices for the WA Goldfields, the
Perth metroplitan area, and other areas within the state. Nullarbor
Net also recommends viewing the ExplorOz site for Western
Australian and South
Australian fuel prices. When travelling through remote areas
such as the Nullarbor you can expect to pay upto 30% more than
you would in major cities for a tank of fuel.
across the Nullarbor is not without its hazards. In particular
cyclists are advised to beware of cycling at night and to treat
semi trailers with the caution they deserve.
For a site with heaps of practical
advice for hard core cyclists check out the Australian
Bicycle Camping Factsheets Guide to crossing the Nullarbor
via the Eyre Highway. Cyclists should also note that in
2006 there was a race beginning at Norseman and ending in
Ceduna, South Australia - a distance of 1200 kilometres. What
a way to go!
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