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History in Granite and Timber Cave Hill WA Article by Jill Harrison | Images by Jill Harrison & Jennifer Harrison Approaching the Cave Hill Nature Reserve through salmon gum and gimlet bushland along The Woodlines, it is hard to imagine that thousands of tonnes of timber were taken from this area in the 1920-30s. South of Coolgardie/Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, The Woodlines is a network of hundreds of kilometres of abandoned tramway formations which once transported timber to the goldfields in the early 1900s, following the 1890s gold rush. During this time timber companies employed 1500 men and supplied more than 500,000 tonnes of timber yearly from this area. Located in the vast expanse of uninhabited Great Western Woodlands, Cave Hill has been an important cultural site for Indigenous people for thousands of years and was the main camp for the Kurrawang Woodlines in the 1930s. Today Cave Hill is a great place to camp, 44 | GO CAMPING, FISHING & 4WD ADVENTURES bushwalk and learn about the history and ecology of the area. We had previously visited Cave Hill via the Burra Rock Road south of Coolgardie to Burra Rock then following the 4WD old Woodlines formations. But for this trip we had driven up the gravel Victoria Rock Road from the Hyden to Norseman Road and then east via the 4WD only track to Cave Hill. Turning off Victoria Rock Road it wasn’t long before we struck the first of numerous bog holes along the 4WD track to Cave Hill. Travelling in late September we hadn’t expected mud and we opted to take the go-arounds that had been pushed through the bush whenever we could.
Go Camping, Fishing and 4WD Adventures 101
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