Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail
Stretching the 300 kms from Norseman to Hyden and Wave Rock is the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail. This is your invitation to explore a remarkable landscape. The trail passes through part of one of the world's untouched temperate woodlands, a vast wilderness mosaic that is both beautiful and fascinating. With its patchwork of heathlands and distinctive granite outcrops it is a unique and intriguing piece of outback Western Australia.
Following the recently upgraded all-weather gravel Hyden-Norseman Road, the Trail offers 16 designated stopping places, each with quality interpretation focussed on a particular aspect of natural or cultural history. Some sites have walk trails, while others have picnic and/or camping facilities. Please see map for details.
Highlights of the Trail include:
McDermid and Disappointment Rocks
Lake Johnston Picnic Area and Campsite
The Breakaways Campsite
Woodlands Walk (near Norseman)
Travelling the Trail:
The drive is 300km mostly gravel, but is generally suitable for all vehicles, including those towing a caravan, providing suitable speed is maintained. However, rain can cause the road to be closed - for up to date road conditions, check with the local shire. Without stopping, the drive will take you 3 -4 hours. Stopping a each of the 16 interpretive sites is likely to extend this to full day journey.
Watch for wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk
Take breaks regularly, there is some beautiful scenery to see. Stop and take it all in
Take care approaching and overtaking road trains
Slow down on corrugated sections and always drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions
Look well ahead for possible trouble spots, and for dust indicating an approaching vehicle
Carry an emergency supply of food and water
Set off with enough fuel to cover at least 400 kms
If you break down STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE
Always tell someone where you are going and let them know when you have reached your destination.
SOURCE: The Granite and Woodlands Discover Trail Brochure
For more information and road conditions:
Wave Rock Wildflower Shoppe
Ph: 08 9880 5182
Wave Rock Caravan Park
Ph: 08 9880 5022
Wave Rock Motel
Ph: 08 98805 052
Shire of Kondinin
Ph: 08 9889 1006
Shire of Dundas
Ph: 08 9039 1205