January 26th to January 29th 1996
Location.Hyden is approximately 350 kms east southeast of Perth (Western Australia). The trafficable track starts on the East side of Hyden. It ends at Coolgardie, 560 kms east of Perth. Hyden to Coolgardie via Holland Track 354kms. The track runs through a low acacia and Eucalyptus vegetated of low rainfall type. The track is, for the most part sandy. It runs through gold mining areas and remnants of the history can still be seen. New mines are also present in one area and care must be taken not to use exploration and development tracks. If radio controlled blasting is being used, CB radios are DEFINITELY not appreciated.
It is a dry area, you have to carry your own water. Fuel available at Hyden
and Coolgardie only.
HistoryThe Track was designed as a short cut for the miners
DescriptionPat with Stewart, Pippa, Hannah and Stuart set off early towards Hyden. This was to enable our guests to see Wave Rock and other beauty spots around Hyden. Nigel and Chris were to leave later as a result of a rowing commitment. Nigel met up with them at 1445.
Following a short repast, the two Landcruisers turned their bonnets
eastwards and drove to the start of the Holland track.
This was found with no difficulty and photos. were taken of the plaque. A
short drive of 17 kms. took us to Sheoak Rock
where Stuart noticed one of the UHF antennae was absent. The track was sandy
and overgrown. Eucalyptus branches reached across the track and threatened
to remove roofracks or puncture the spare wheels on the racks.
We camped at Sheoak Rock (left) near a Trig. station. Once the camp was set, dinner was prepared and the kids went exploring. Stewart, Stuart and Chris practiced with the stock whip and soon muffled expletives were sounding around the bush.
Day two saw us following the ever narrowing track
in a North-easterly direction. A Gnow's (Mallee Fowl) nest is past 10kms
past She-Oak rock. This used to be a common bird but is now only seen in
small pockets in the bush areas.
Wing-mirrors received a battering and eventually Pat's nearside mirror parted company with the vehicle. As you cross the Forrestannia road, some Gnamma (water) holes are seen. Much of the track was easy to follow however, the section through Bounty Mine was a little trying as many shotlines and mine tracks caused confusion. North of Bounty mine, the smell of sandalwood permeated the air, this tree is much in demand for export to the Orient. Very few "Puller's" licences are granted. Sandalwood is harvested by pulling it from the ground.
Lunch was taken at Centenary rocks - a sheltered area where the track forks.
At Newbey Rocks, we encountered a group of 5 vehicles from Midland and
exchanged yarns. Here, the tracks crosses smooth granite outcrops, and care
has to be taken to ensure the track continuation was found on the far side.
The ground around the rock is soft, so beware.
We camped on the second night at Thursday Rock. A good camp spot can be found under trees. This provides good shade from the Goldfield's Sun. In the correct season, open fires are possible, but try and bring your wood with you. The main rock is a granite outcrop on which good walks are possible. The views are dramatic.
Day three saw us heading towards Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. A visit to Hannan's North mine was the start of the entertainment. This was shortly followed by "Hunt the Purse" as Hannah noticed she had become separated from hers! It was rapidly retrieved. Next stop was the Museum of the Goldfields. Nigel found the bookshop section- and did what comes naturally.
As evening approached, we headed to Kanowna for a camp site.
(previously called White Feather) is a Goldfields ghost-town.
Many unmarked mine shafts are present and great care has to be taken. Carry
a torch at night. Finding a pleasant spot, Pat prepared another banquet
from the crumbs Stuart had missed. The boys and Hannah went sand
tobogganing. This was performed at reckless lengths and much to the regret
of Stuart's foam mattress. Old mine workings were explored. The next morning
saw Chris stung by a bee and soon after Stuart suffered the same fate.
On the way from Kanowna we visited the 2-UP ring and Mount Charlotte look-out in Kalgoorlie. 2-UP is a coin based gambling game and is an Australian tradition.
We returned home after lunch at Coolgardie Roadhouse and an uneventful drive. An interesting route down Holland's track and worth repeating with a little more time.
- Nigel Buxton
June 1997: The track has been badly damaged due to use in wet weather and the WA 4WD movement has placed a 12 month moratorium on the use of the track.
 October 1998:
[...] I have a small bone to pick concerning the
Hollands Track page. It states that the track originally started at
It starts at a town on the Great Southern Hwy, approx
300kms S.E. of Perth called Broomehill. As a resident of Broomehill,
which is very proud of the fact it's the start of the Hollands Track, I
hope you will correct this mistake and save any confusion for those not in
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