The Granite and Woodlands Trail
a new gravel road and insight into special places
300km from Norseman to Hyden
Western Australia, 8 to 10 October 2006
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Here is the sign at Lake Johnson, site 10,
indicative of the quality of information and discussion on this Trail
We read of vigorous life in these salt lakes
but perhaps this bit of rain was too recent for the brine shrimps to have emerged
We were awed by the tenacity of this tiny ancient tree on the edge of a salt lake
Yes, there is a pink colour in some salt lakes
We fell in love with the Gimlet Gums, Eucalyptus salubris, which,
with their extraordinary sheen and determination to survive no matter what,
can speak for themselves
The old fellow below may not be a gimlet
but demonstrates the tenacity of trees throughout this tough environment.
Further west, at the entrance to the first of several nickel mining operations,
is an account of the association of woodland type with mineralisation.
Lionore made financial contribution to the development of this trail.
Further west, the country becomes more open,
with more open profusion of wildflowers
and Flame Grevillea becomes the constant marker of the roadway
Towards Hyden, we crossed the Holland Track, where,
in 1893, John Holland, with three other blokes,
five horses and a dray with half a ton of water
cut a track from way down south at the Broomehill railhead,
more than 500km to the new goldfields at Coolgardie
... in two months and four days.
The sign describes it as a 'functional cart track' and shows the kind of handcart the hopeful pushed before them in racing for gold.
and then at Hyden, at the end of the track,
we had a look at the Hyden Wave Rock
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