Woodlines Tag Along Trip
Welcome to the tag along trip
Trip Dates 2nd July to 10 July 2016.
Departure Date and Time
I haven't made my
mind up about the departure time just yet. There are some work
and safety considerations at the moment.Departure time is Saturday morning sometime.
The return will
be the last Sunday with an arrival in Perth hopefully by lunchtime.
Aim of the Trip
and relaxation. However, during the last visit to the woodlines, Paul
and I found a lost camp on the very last evening, and had no time to
We hope to set up near this point and explore this lost section of track.
If time permits the return journey may include the Holland Track.
So what are the Woodlines?
I first read about these lines
about 30 years ago, though never travelled one until about 7 years
ago. Pretty much these lines were light guage rail lines that
travelled into the bush to cut trees for the furnace and mines at
Kalgoorlie. These tracks extend west, east, south and north of
Kalgoorlie. There were a staggering amount of tracks laid. More
staggering is the volume of wood cut, there were millions of
tonnes taken from the bush. In some places the regrowth is
spectacular shows that in some cases the bush does reclaim its
We will visit the Woodlines
north east of Norseman. There are a few tracks to follow. There
will be a lot of old campsites they wood cutters used that we will
see. Some were the so called main camps, others the smaller camps
used by small teams of cutters. One family brought up 10 kids in
the bush. There are remnants of old carriages and huts along the
way. There are thousands of old cans and bottles. We will see the
old drays they used to cart the wood to the line. We will see the
horse feed troughs lying derelict. We might see a small part of
the only track left that I had found.
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