The Cave Hill Woodlines
Wood was the only source of fuel for the mines and dwellings of the gold rush, and a network of small rail lines were used to bring
the timber back to
To obtain water for these wood cutting communities, at rocks such as Burra Rock and Cave Hill small dams were built on the rocks, with diversion walls from slabs of granite to direct the water into the dams. These small walls are still standing.
This, the largest of the dams, is on Burra Rock. Note the low stone wall on the rock at behind and to the left of the dam.
Remnants of cropping machinery has been discovered in the vicinity of Burra Rock, which indicates there were attempts at farming to feed the settlements.
This old harvester is a testament to the fact that crops were once grown in this dry region.
Cave Hill has many small dams, as well as a face with a wave formation and colourful caverns. There is much to explore while camping at Cave Hill.
This is a small and shallow collection pond which flows to the main dam along a stone wall.
Further to the east of the Esperance to
Fences were erected around many of the dams and collection ponds to stop native and domestic animals from drinking and fouling the water.
The remnants of an old fence can be seen on the top of the rock.
Building a fence on solid granite required ingenuity, with fence posts held upright by rocks and support wires which in turn were held by rocks. Many of these posts are still standing.
The tracks through the sand plains and woodlands follow what were once small railway lines.