Importance of the Hunt Track

Bayley and Ford, and Paddy Hannan were able to find gold at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie in 1892 and 1893 respectively because they followed the track that Hunt had cut 30 years earlier – and what became known as Hunt Track.

The Hunt Track is significant to Western Australia’s heritage generally, not just its exploration history. It allowed:

  • Prospectors and, later, pastoralists to travel into the Western Australian interior.
  • The routing of the Perth to Kalgoorlie pipeline.
  • The establishment of the telegraph line to Kalgoorlie.
  • The construction of the first stage of the transcontinental railway.

In 1988 a considerable length of the Hunt Track was preserved and commemorated as the York to Goldfields Heritage Trail. Some of Hunt’s wells have stood the test of time and are in very good condition.  At least 10 have disappeared altogether while others are in a state of disrepair.