Norseman Travel Guide

  • Norseman
    by balhannah
  • Crossing Lake Cowan
    Crossing Lake Cowan
    by balhannah
  • Lake Cowan
    Lake Cowan
    by balhannah

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    You may just notice the street names in Norseman, each has a figure of a horse.Why a Horse?Later as I was following the heritage trail, I came across a beautiful statue of a Horse named "Norseman."Beside it was the story of the horse.The story goes that in 1894, two prospectors/ friends, Laurie Sinclair and Jim Allsopp were prospecting in the area....


    The road to the Look-out is via Mines Road. It isn't sealed all the way. Once it leaves the town area and climbs the hill it was dirt. Trucks use this road, so be careful when driving it.Once at the top, we found a large area, with a shelter and plenty of information boards.From the lookout we had views over the goldmine and town of Norseman, over...


    The Norseman gold mine is Australia's longest running gold mine.In 2014, through tough economic conditions and rising costs of extraction, it will close its doors, putting and end for the mine which produced nearly six million ounces of gold in its lifetime.The Mine had been operating for 120 years, mining gold at Norseman.We viewed the mine from...


    Norseman is town that really hasn't changed much. Most people live in the old houses that were originally built by the Goldminers out of anything they could find. Because of this, it is a good place to see old buildings that are pretty well architecturally still in their original state. Water was scarce in this region, not much rain fell, so once...


    The Tin Camels are situated in the middle of a round-about in Norseman. Made out of corrugated iron, these well done tin sculptures are a tribute to the early camel trains that carried freight to and from the town.As was the case around this part of Western Australia, Camel trains were quite a common sight at the turn of the century. Prospectors...


    As usual our first stop was here. Plenty of off-road parking and clean Toilets at the site, lawned area with shady trees and free bbqs. A dump point for Caravans.This Information centre is one of the best I have been to, I guess because Norseman is the gateway to Western Australia.The lady in charge is very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much...

  • Monument to a four-legged gold seeker

    The bronze statue remembers the horse after whom the town is named. A gold prospector travelled along with his horse named "Hardy Norseman", and by chance the horse unearthed a gold nugget with his hooves. Full story on the website!The grateful citizens of the town have put up this monument to honour Australia's most successful four-legged gold...

  • The little cafe and shop

    Next to the doll museum and the ANZ bank in Roberts Street there is a little cafe and shop - of which I don't recall the name - that's definitely worth a visit, not only because of their good cappuccino and huge hamburgers. The shop is a museum in itself, with everything from didgeridoos to books and household articles, jewellery and magazines with...

  • Garbage bins

    Note the garbage bins in town, they have all been painted in different Aboriginal (or: pseudo-aboriginal) patterns.

  • The Tin Camels

    The corrugated iron camels were put up in the middle of the circuit in Prinsep Street to recall the camel trains that did all the transportation in the early days of the gold rush.

  • Camels in the main street

    Ok they're not quite in the main street, they're in the middle of a roundabout!The corrugated iron creations are a monument to the camel's history in the area. The camels were used to transport household goods and mail, haul wagons and as transport for prospectors and those involved in the installation and upkeep of the East-West Telegraph line....

  • Norseman - Boulder Highway

    Driving along all of a sudden wildlife on the road, camera , tele photo lens and I am ready, this is the 3rd photo I took getting closer, tell they ran off.

  • mt. jimberlana

    Now the rocks are bigger, the going harder, well lets find a flat rock and put on the self timer, and then get back down.Oh this spot is one of the oldest geological areas in the world.

  • Mt. Jimberlana

    Now to quickly explore, at least I can still see the car and the wife, must keep going, there must be something to see.

  • Mt. Jimberlana

    Mt. Jimberlana is on the Eyre Highway, I have left Norseman and if I had continued I was going onto the Nullabor Plains, quite a scary type of feeling.I then climbed up leaving the wife in the car, maybe a good photo shot I thought, instead I got a roasting "What if undersireables had come along, what if u had fallen (had), what about snakes"I...

  • Beacon Hill Lookout

    One of the beauties about driving your self, everytime I saw a lookout etc, off I went, this one was called Beacon Hill in Norseman.

  • Norseman Horse

    In most small towns in WA there is always something of interest, this statue is about the legend that Laurie Sinclair and his horse Norseman pawed and exposed a chunk of gold reef.

  • main drag

    A hotel and a few shops thats mainly all you see arriving into Norseman, I remember walking into a dairy/ grocery store looking for something to eat, a resonable size building with not a lot happening.


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    by balhannah Written Oct 19, 2014

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    Lake Cowan is a huge salt lake which covers an area of about 160,000 hectares. It's located about 20kms north of Norseman, on the Esperance - Coolgardie Highway, that is how we came to travel by road across the small section of the dry salt lake. We had seen the size of this lake from Beacon Hill lookout at Norseman. When dry, its a pretty dark pink colour.

    In early 2014, a new mineral was found here by a junior Miner. It has been named putnisite after minearologists Andrew and Christine Putnis. Evidently, it is quite unique as it isn't related to any other minerals. The new mineral occurs as tiny crystals, no more than 0.5 mm in diameter. It appears as dark pink spots on dark green and white volcanic rock which, under the microscope, appears as square, cube-like crystals. It combines the elements strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen – in what has been described as a “very unusual combination.”
    More testing is yet to be done.

    Also 16.5km north of Norseman on the northbound side of Coolgardie Esperance Highway is large rest area with a wood bbq/fireplace and rubbish bins.

    Plenty of level parking and plenty of spots set well back from the road. It is also used by trucks that park beside the highway.

    Crossing Lake Cowan Lake Cowan Salt lake - Lake Cowan
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