The history of Norseman is very much tied to the Norseman gold mine. Gold mining in the Norseman area began with the chance discovery of gold at nearby Lake Dundas in 1892. A gold rush soon began. Today however the original Dundas fields now lay abandoned. According to local legend the town of Norseman 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. Since then a statue has been erected in honour of Norseman - but not surprisingly it is only cast in bronze! Today Gold Mining continues to be a major activity with reports that the Norseman fields have produced over 5 million ounces of the precious yellow metal.
A daily tour departing at 9.30 am is available to view the town's major mining operation.
Norseman Historical Collection
An interesting display of local memorabilia which focuses on household and mining equipment from 1894 - 1920.
Mount Jimberlana, which is located 5 km from Norseman, provides excellent views of the area for those prepared to climb its rocky slopes
- Wireless Hill lookout over Lake Cowan and Lake Dundas.
- Peak Charles
- Cobb & Co Coach Road
- Gemstone deposits
- Nullabor Links Golf Course