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.