Norseman - Gateway to the Nullarbor

We arrived at Norseman late afternoon. Norseman is the last major town in WA sitting at the beginning of the Eyre Highway that leads to the Nullarbor and eventually Adelaide. It’s hasn’t much to recommend it now other than it is very handy for stocking up before our long road journey. It was, however, and to a degree still is a major gold mining town. And listen to this – it boasts the second deepest inclined shaft in Australia at 1300 metres and even more impressive and fully visible from the main street is a 45 metre tailings dump reputed to be the largest such dump in the world. Very impressive!!

We checked in at the visitor centre first as usual and got talking to an English guy called Peter Walker who had just completed the Eyre Highway on a motorbike. It turned out he was from Norwich and was raising money for the N & N Hospital Big C Appeal and MacMillan Nurses. His wife had died last year of cancer and they had booked to do the trip although they knew in the end that she wouldn’t make it. He was funding the whole trip himself with all sponsorship going to the charities. Peter said he really loved his trip across the Nullarbor and would happily turn round and do it again.

We checked in at the aptly named Gateway Camping Site really just for showers and laundry facilities ready for an early start.

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