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BRADLEY Lake was es­tab­lished when the Mt Bradley gold mine was in op­er­a­tion dur­ing the 1990s. Access was re­stricted dur­ing the mine’s op­er­a­tional days, but since the mine’s closed, a few prospec­tors have found their way to the wa­ter’s edge, which is now a haven for birds. There are a cou­ple of great camps, and with a bit of ex­plor­ing on the tracks that criss-cross the sur­round­ing hills, you’d surely find more.

The eas­i­est way to get to this en­joy­able hid­den spot is to head down the Dun­can Road from Halls Creek. About 32km south of town, look out for a ter­mite mound and a wheel rim on the west side of the road where a track strikes west; six kilo­me­tres later you’ll be on the backwaters of the dam. Where you ac­tu­ally end up de­pends on which track you take – poke around and you’ll find a good spot to camp.

Nearby and a bit closer to town, the Dun­can Road tracks lead to the old Golden Crown Mine and the Black Elvire River, where fur­ther ex­plo­ration will un­earth some pleas­ant camps close to wa­ter­holes. While most peo­ple rush through Halls Creek, I like wandering the rocky hills and find­ing top lit­tle spots to stop – and I don’t even prospect for gold!

Wa­ter­hole on the Elvire River.

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