Norseman is the gateway to the vast Nullarbor Plain and is the first Western Australian town for travelers taking the long journey from South Australia.
Following the discovery of a rich vein of gold by prospector Laurie Sinclair, Norseman was established in 1894, and many relics from Western Australia's gold rush history still remain. Today, the area is extremely popular among four wheel drive enthusiasts keen to explore the Nullarbor Plain, untouched temperate woodlands, rugged granite outcrops, ancient salt lakes and stunning displays of Western Australian wildflowers.
- Play the world's longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links Golf Course.
- Check out the fascinating Historical Collection which features a large piece of Skylab (the first American space station).
- Take a look at The Tin Camels that stand in the town as a tribute to the camel trains that carried mail and freight in the early days.
- Drive out to Beacon Hill Lookout and Walk Trail for a panoramic view over the town and surrounding countryside.
- You can’t miss Phoenix Tailings Dump. Forming a majestic backdrop to the town, it resembles a topless pyramid and still contains gold worth a considerable amount of money.
- Follow the Granite Woodlands Discovery Trail. It features 16 interpretive sites and offers opportunities for camping, bushwalking, exploring granite rock formations and viewing spring wildflowers.
- Pack a BBQ picnic and take the 28 kilometre Heritage Trail drive to Dundas Rocks and explore the huge ancient boulders and rock formations.
Search for local accommodation options, or contact Norseman Visitor Centre for more details.
The harsh and unique landscape of the Nullarbor Plain is home to a surprising variety of Western Australian animals, birds and marine life. Crossing the plain is one of the world’s greatest road adventures and there’s plenty to see along the way.
- Stay overnight or take a tour of the working sheep farm at Fraser Range Station. Surrounded by granite hills, historical sites and the world’s largest hardwood forest, it’s a great place to discover the region’s animals, plants and history.
- Check out Balladonia. In 1979, space debris from Skylab landed 40 kilometres east on Woorlba Sheep Station.
- Visit the Cultural Heritage Museum (Balladonia Hotel complex) featuring computer-controlled interactive technology displays which presents the area’s history.
- Take a photo of the road sign at Caiguna as you travel the ‘90 Mile Straight’ (146.6 kilometres in length) Australia’s longest stretch of straight road. And take a look at the Caiguna Blowhole, 5 kilometres west of town.
- Stop by at the Eyre Bird Observatory, housed in the Historic Eyre Telegraph Station. Advance bookings are preferred on (08) 9039 3450.
- Do a spot of fishing or whale watching (in season) at Twilight Cove, located 32 kilometres south of Cocklebiddy.
- Take in the spectacular views of the Roe Plains from Madura Pass, midway between Adelaide and Perth. And look out for the blowhole (indicated by a red marker) on the side of the track.
- Visit Mundrabilla, the site of the biggest meteorite ever found in Australia, and check out the Nullarbor Museum at Mundrabilla Hotel.
- Enjoy the ocean views from the top of the escarpment at Eucla, and take a look at the old telegraph station ruins, museum and the Bureau of Meteorology.
- The Eucla National Park and Delisser Sand Hills are also worth a visit (four wheel drive vehicle recommended).
Nullarbor accommodation and roadhouses
Search for accommodation along the Nullarbor or contact Norseman Visitor Centre for more details.
Download the Nullarbor Map App
If you are travelling across the Nullarbor, a free hard copy of the Nullarbor map is available from the Ceduna, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Norseman Visitor Centres. Alternatively it's now also possible download a Nullarbor map app from Apple iTunes
and Google play
or a digital map is available from www.nullarbormap.com.au
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