Thursday Rock is an interesting place to stop along the Holland Track. The summit is a relatively easy climb, and a cairn marks the top.
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Thursday Rock is reached via an access track from the four-wheel-drive Holland Track. A short 50 metre stroll over flat level ground takes you from the trail head to the rock’s base. From here it is a relatively easy rock climb to the summit.
The Great Western Woodlands has an amazing diversity of eucalypt species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. More than 160 distinct eucalypt species are found in the Great Western Woodlands, some 20 per cent of the 750 eucalypt species known to occur in Australia. Salmon gums are one of the largest eucalypts and are aptly named for their smooth, salmon coloured trunks. Gimlets are smaller trees with copper coloured trunks that are often beautifully fluted in shape.
Woodcutters operated throughout the Great Western Woodlands in the early to mid-1900s, as the demand for wood grew with the developing Goldfields communities. Timber was loaded into steam train carriages and transported via the historic woodlines. If you look carefully in clearings, you can still see the cans, bottles and other remnants from their camps.