Hunt Track – Gnarlbine to Yerdanie

Goongarrie to Coolgardie

Our route took us through Ora Banda and onto the Coolgardie North Road. We stopped at a quirky art display on an unnamed claypan. No name, no commentary. Very clever use of gum boots.

On arrival at Coolgardie we called into the Pioneer Cemetery – not to be confused with the Coolgardie Cemetery. After refuelling we wasted no time in heading south to Gnarlbine.


There are two wells at Gnarlbine. The lesser known and lesser visited well to the south is not one of Hunt’s.

We left the second well, retraced our route on Victoria Rock Road north for a couple of kilometres and turned left at a sand quarry access track that leads to Hunt Track.

[In 2021 a short, overgrown section of Hunt Track was opened up to allow access to/from Gnarlbine Rock on the historic track thereby making the detour along the sand quarry track unnecessary.]

Hunt Track

During our expedition to re-create Hunt Track from Gnarlbine to Yerdanie in June 2019, Scott Wilson used satellite imagery to predict the presence of a woodline along the track about 5.7 kilometres east of the turnoff to the Prince of Wales mine. Old spikes, cans, tobacco tins, and, further into the bush, evidence of railway sleepers and more artefacts confirmed Scott’s brilliant interpretation.

I decided to try to re-locate this old woodline. The task was made easier by a ‘File Tree’ that someone had created to mark where the woodline crossed the track.

We had lunch at the Prince of Wales mine. Although abandoned, it is subject to a number of active tenements. The number of open, unmarked and unfenced shafts and diggings make the area risky for the unwary.

On the numerous occasions we have camped at Prince of Wales mine it has always been very cold (one time -5ºC). On this visit – October 2020 – it was a beautiful Spring day.

Just as we were leaving Prince of Wales to resume our journey along Hunt Track, Greg called over the radio that his Colorado had a flat. With everyone helping we were on our way again in less than five minutes. Not quite Formula 1 standard but still impressive.

As I predicted, we had a few issues getting the long Bigfoot camper trailer through a stand of regrowth. Future travellers should now have no issues.

Yerdanie Rock and Well

We climbed to the top of the rock. Great 360° views. Clearly there had been showers recently at Yerdanie. I have never previously seen so much water at the summit.

Hunt’s Well at Yerdanie had been lost for more than a hundred years and was located only in 2020. As it is not signposted and is a few metres off the Track it has to ‘re-found’ on each visit.

We left Yerdanie for Karalee, reaching Great Eastern Highway after seven more kilometres of Hunt Track. The day was quickly coming to a close so it was straight down the blacktop to Karalee.


We had time for only a flying visit as it was late in the day. The track west out of Karalee is rough and overgrown in places. We reached Morlining Rocks and selected a campsite.

Morlining Well

In the morning we walked to Morlining Well before continuing on the track to Yellowdine.

Diesel was cheap at Yellowdine (106 cents/L) so most took the opportunity to top up and inflate tyres to highway pressure.

We followed Goldfields Road to the Rabbit Proof Fence Interpretive Site at Burracoppin and then visited Hunt’s Well only a short distance west.

The Road Trip finished at Merredin.



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