Norseman is located 190 kilometres south of Kalgoorlie, 191 kilometres west of Balladonia, and 204 kilometres north of the Esperance coastline. The history of Norseman is very much tied to gold mining. Gold mining in the Norseman area began with the chance discovery of gold at nearby Lake Dundas in 1982. A gold rush soon began. Today however, the original Dundas fields lay abandoned.
According to local legend, the town was named after a horse - it is said that in 1894 a horse named "Hardy Norseman" was tethered to a tree for the night by its owner, Laurie Sinclair. Upon returning to his horse Sinclair had the good fortune to discover that "Norseman" had unearthed a gold nugget.
Within the vacinity of Norseman there are a number of attractions. Overlooking Norseman is the Beacon Hill Lookout. From the top, unique views of the surrounding countryside, salt lakes, township and a giant mine tailings dump can be seen. 32 kilometres to the south of Norseman is Bromus Dam - a popular local swimming, camping and picnic spot. Buldania Rocks is found 28 kilometres east of Norseman and is also another popular picnic spot - especially in winter when the wildflowers really come to life!
Norseman is situated in the Great Western Woodlands which is the largest temperate woodland left in the world. It has many unigue eucalypt species and numerous native plants and animals. There are also stunning granite outcrops spread through out and the Granite Woodlands Discovery Trail, linking Norseman and Wave Rock, meanders right through it. The woodlands are perfect for walking, camping and exploring. Take the time to stop and enjoy when you visit Norseman.
Norseman's Heritage Trail is located near Lake Dundas and offers the chance to explore the bush and artefacts from the Dundas Goldfield's pioneering years.
Gemstone fossicking permits can be obtained from the Visitor Centre, and the Norseman area provides prospective gemstone enthusiasts with a chance of finding specimens of Moss Agate, Gold Lace Agate and Moss Opalite.
Fraser Range Station is located 100 kilometres east of Norseman, and is a still a working pastoral property, producing fat tailed Damara sheep.
The Nullabor Links Holes 4 and 5 (if travelling "West to East") are to be found at the Norseman Golf Club.
For more information contact the Norseman Visitor Centre on ph: (08) 9039 1071