Norseman is the last large town on the Eyre Highway for travellers heading east towards South Australia. Gold put Norseman on the map in the 1890s with one of the richest quartz reefs in Australia. The town is steeped in goldmining history, reflected in its colossal tailings dump. If visitors could stand atop this dump they could have up to $50 million in gold underfoot (although the rock has been processed, much residual gold remains). The story behind the town's name has become folklore. The settlement sprang up in 1894 when a horse owned by prospector Laurie Sinclair pawed the ground and unearthed a nugget of gold; the site proved to be a substantial reef. The horse's name was Norseman.
68 Roberts St; (08) 9039 1071
Nearby national parks
Historical Collection: mining tools and household items; open 10am–1pm Mon–Sat; Battery Rd.
Phoenix Park: open-plan park with displays, stream and picnic facilities; Prinsep St.
Statue of Norseman: bronze statue by Robert Hitchcock commemorates Norseman, the horse; Cnr Roberts and Ramsay sts.
Camel Train: corrugated-iron sculptures represent the camel trains of the pioneer days; Prinsep St.
Gem fossicking: gemstone permits are available from the visitor centre.
Beacon Hill Lookout: spectacular at sunrise and sunset, this lookout offers an outstanding 360-degree panorama of the salt lakes, Mt Jimberlana, the township, tailings dump and surrounding hills and valleys; Mines Rd; 2km E.
Mt Jimberlana: reputed to be one of the oldest geological areas in the world. Take the walking trail to the summit for great views; 5km E.
Dundas Rocks: barbecue and picnic area amid granite outcrops near old Dundas townsite, where the lonely grave of a 7-month-old child is one of the only signs that the area was once inhabited. Travel here via the highway (22km S) or along the 33km heritage trail that follows an original Cobb & Co route (map available from visitor centre).
Buldania Rocks: picnic area with beautiful spring wildflowers; 28km E.
Bromus Dam: freshwater dam with picnic area; 32km S.
Peak Charles National Park: good-weather track for experienced walkers and climbers to Peak Eleanora, with a magnificent view of saltpans, sand plains and dry woodlands from the top; 50km S, then 40km W off hwy.
Cave Hill Nature Reserve: a granite outcrop with a cave set in its side and a dam nearby. Popular spot for camping, picknicking and rock climbing; 4WD access only; 55km N, then 50km W.
Fraser Range Station: working pastoral property that specialises in Damara sheep. The station has a range of accommodation available, and opportunities to experience a remote, working pastoral property; (08) 9039 3210; 100km E.
Cafes & restaurants around town
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Campsites around town
Cave Hill camping area 79 kmCave Hill camping area is 50 km south-west of Widgiemooltha and 39 km south of Burra Rock via 4WD tracks. There are 2 camping areas on the western side of the granite outcrop, and another on the eastern side. Make the... Find out more
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Fraser Range Station 98 kmFraser Range Station is 1.5 km south of the Eyre Hwy, 100 km east of Norseman. It offers weary travellers an unusual outback experience, with bushwalking, station tours, camping and other accommodation available.... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Gateway Caravan Park 1 kmA conveniently situated park at the western end of the Nullarbor Plain, this park is close to the highway junction and about 1 km from the centre of town. The park has good amenities and most basic facilities. It is a... Find out more
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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Rest areas around town
At the information centre.
Lake Cowan rest area 13 km
151km S of Coolgardie (R) or 15km N of Norseman (L)
Secluded in the bush well off the highway.
Brockway rest area 15 km
15km S of Norseman (L) or 188km N of Esperance (R)
Just off the highway among trees.
Mount Thirsty rest area 20 km
143km S of Coolgardie (L) or 23km N of Norseman (R)
Well off the highway among trees.
T/O 22km S of Norseman (L) or 181km N of Esperance (R)
Secluded in the bush 2.5km (unsealed) east of the highway.
Bromus Dam rest area 30 km
32km S of Norseman (R) or 171km N of Esperance (L)
Secluded among some trees well off the highway.
Redross rest area 57 km
101km S of Coolgardie (R) or 65km N of Norseman (L)
In scrub behind the truck bay.
Kumarl Siding rest area 69 km
74km S of Norseman (R) or 129km N of Esperance (L)
Well off the highway surrounded by scrub.
Ten Mile Rocks rest area 75 km
80km E of Norseman (L) or 111km W of Balladonia (R)
Sheltered among trees well off the highway.
Fraser Range rest area 78 km
83km E of Norseman (R) or 108km W of Balladonia (L)
Among a few trees just off the highway.
Wattle Dam rest area 97 km
60km S of Coolgardie (R) or 106km N of Norseman (L)
In scrub just off the highway behind the parking bay.
T/O 103km E of Norseman (R) or 88km W of Balladonia (L)
Homestead camping area with all caravan park facilities. Located 1.5km (unsealed) south of the highway.
What's on around town
Norseman Cup: Mar.