Situated at the junction of Highways 1 and 94 and in the centre of the Great Western Woodlands, Norseman is at the crossroads to everywhere. It is the main town of the Shire of Dundas which covers an area of some 93,000km2, stretching all the way to Eucla on the WA/SA border in the East and 198km towards Hyden in the West. It extends some 45km towards Kalgoorlie in the North and 50km towards Esperance in the South.
Although the main industry is gold mining, in 2016 a significant nickel/copper mine went into operation in the Fraser Range area East of Norseman. There are also vast sheep/cattle properties along the Eyre Highway and these along with tourism also contribute to the economy of the Shire.