Mt Bruce is Western Australia’s second highest mountain and allows great opportunities to view the surrounding Hamersley Range and Marandoo mining operations. Its Aboriginal name is Punurrunha and rising from the spinifex covered plains, it is revered as one of the state’s most scenic walks offering stunning, panoramic views all the way to its 1,234 metre summit.
Stop on the way to Karijini for a beautiful, but vigorous, scenic walk.
In hotter months, it is best to climb during the cooler parts of the day. Take plenty of drinking water and sun protection.
Iron ore mine
Marandoo is an iron ore mine run by Rio Tinto. It opened in October 1994. The Hamersley Range is one of the world’s major iron ore sources and contains about 80 per cent of Australia’s identified iron ore reserves.
Follow the 500-metre path from the Mount Bruce car park to view the Marandoo iron ore mine site. Allow 30 minutes return.
Mt Bruce Summit
9 kilometres, 4 hours return, class 5
This walk is not for the faint-hearted. Some parts of walk trail are class 5 and require high level of fitness and experience, but this challenging walk will reward you with spectacular views of the landscape.