Saturday, November 15, 2008


Norseman is a historical gold mining town and gateway to the Nullarbor.

Established in 1894 when, legend has it, Laurie Sinclair tethered his horse 'Hardy Norseman' to a tree overnight and by morning it had pawed the ground and disturbed a chunk of gold-bearing quartz. Over 5 million ounces of gold have been mined since making it the second richest goldfield in WA.

It also has a roundabout with tin camels on it- who could ask for more?

From trek phase 4

Before we set off tomorrow, here are some fascinating Nullarbor facts.

The Nullabor Plain:

  1. has the world's longest straight bit of road ( 146.6 km)
  2. has Australia's largest population of feral camels
  3. has Balladonia roadhouse- briefly famous in 1979 when chunks of Skylab fell on it
  4. has no trees
  5. has the world's longest golf course. Due for completion in 2009, the former manager of the Balladonia roadhouse Bob Bongiorno is building an 18 hole cross-country course. At remoter locations tees and greens will be made of synthetic grass. Some holes are designed to give overseas visitors an unparalleled taste of real Australia and are located on sheep stations, wheat farms and alongside gold mines.
  6. crosses 2 time zones
  7. is the largest single piece of limestone karst in the world

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