Mt Bruce, or Punurrunha (one of 4 tallest peaks in WA), is the Western Australia’s second highest mountain, boasting one of the country’s most scenic walks. There are three walks of differing lengths and classifications, offering something for most visitors. For a view over the nearby Marandoo mine, a 500 metre walk from the Mt Bruce carpark to Marandoo View is an easy option.
The Honey Hakea trail continues on from the Marandoo View for another 1.8 kilometres to a vantage point with views over the mountain ranges and towards the Marandoo mine. This part of the trail is relatively easy, with a small amount of scrambling along a short section of boulders along the way. This is a 4.6 kilometre round trip from the Mt Bruce car park, and the Honey Hakea trail is Class 3.
Continuing on from the Honey Hakea trail, the Class 5 Mt Bruce Summit trail takes you a further 2.2 kilometres to the summit. This challenging walk offers the reward of spectacular views across the Hamersley Ranges but walkers will need to tackle a steep ascent and some scrambling and climbing. This trail is a 9 kilometre round trip from the car park.
The access road to Mt Bruce is a 3km unsealed road, with a turnoff from Karijini Drive close to the Banjima Drive West entry station. An information bay and toilet is also located at the Mt Bruce carpark.
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.