A remote outpost where the isolation and spirit of our south coast pioneers can be readily felt and contemplated.
Known to the local Aboriginal people as Gauroojeninya, Pine Hill lies near the northern boundary of the park. It was discovered in 1874 by the pioneers William and Stephen Ponton and John Sharp. They named it after the native pines (Callitris species), which as a termite-resistant wood, later became highly prized for fence posts. They had driven sheep overland from Albany in 1873 and for the next five years settled at Pine Hill until they learned of superior country further north around Balladonia. Today all that remains at Pine Hill are a dam, ruins of an oven and travellers’ graves.
Four-wheel drive only. From Balladonia on the Eyre Highway this track is a reasonable gravel road for the first 60km before changing to a rough, rocky sand track. From Fisheries Road the Balladonia Track is similarly rough. May be impassable when wet.
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