Mount Bruce (Punurrunha)
Mount Bruce is the second-tallest peak in Western Australia at 1235m and lies about 36km west of the park office. The walking tracks on the mountain provide a great opportunity to view the Marandoo Mine Site located to the south.
Located on the Mountain are a number of walks of varying difficulties. Firstly the easiest walk is the Marandoo View which is a 500m walk and takes about 30 minutes round trip. Follow the path from the Mount Bruce carpark to view the Marandoo Mine site. The Marandoo Mine is owned by Hamersley Iron, and operated by Pilbara iron. The mine was commissioned in 1994. Marandoo mines, crushes and screens Marra Mamba fines and lump products, which are blended with other ore types at the port. There is no wet processing at Marandoo and therefore no tailings dam on site. Total movements at the mine in 2004 were approximately 17Mt, in order to produce more than 12Mt of iron ore. Around 120 employees work at the operations, and typically reside in the nearby town of Tom Price.
For a slightly harder walk, you can take the Honey Hakea Track which is a 4.6km round trip that is about a 3 hour journey. Take the Marandoo View which leads onto the Honey Hakea Track. This track takes you further up the mountain to give another vantage point. From here you can see the vegetation patterns of the mulga on the flats surrounding Mt Bruce.
For those that are keen to experience all that Mt Bruce has to offer, there is the Mt Bruce Summit track which is a gruelling 9km trip which will take approximately 6hrs to complete. You should use the early morning hours to take the route that leads up the western face of the mountain, past Marandoo View. This challenging walk will reward you with spectacular views of the landscape.
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