Hema's maps have been a catalyst for many of our adventures, so we're excited to be working together to update a few tracks for their guidebooks, and to create digital tracks and imagery for the Hema Explorer Cloud. First up, Western Australia's Holland Track!
Built to connect Albany with the goldfields during the Gold Rush, these days the section of the Holland Track between Hyden and Coolgardie is the most popular with four wheel drivers. The spectacular Wave Rock is a "wow stop" on the way out of Hyden to the start of the track.
Camping along this track is spectacular - the journey itself is worth it simply to spend some nights beneath these trees far from everywhere.
Malleefowl nests, crossing lizards, birds and roos - the woodlands are filled with life. This vast area with no official conservation status its is unfortunately a vulnerable area, and it is shrinking little by little.
The digital tracks were recorded on a Hema HX-1 and the Hema Explorer App. We run the Hema Explorer App PRO on an iPhone 7 Plus which has a great camera for capturing geotagged images for the Hema Explorer Cloud. We also use our professional cameras to capture fresh imagery for the printed guide books.
Whilst the Holland Track is known to turn to mud after heavy rain, we were lucky that after recent rains it had mostly dried out prior to our trip. Left behind are a number of mud filled holes, but almost all of these have an easy side track.
Outside winter and wet periods this long, twisty single track is a relatively easy and most enjoyable drive.
Mount Holland is a short, steep climb - it allows you to rise above the surrounds and soak up the terrain.
With winding single track, stunning bush and spectacular camping it's easy to see why the Holland Track rates so high in popularity, and why it's Track 55 in Hema's 4WD ADVENTURES Top 100.