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Mt Augustus Tourist Park

One of the most spectacular solitary peaks in the world, it rises 717 metres above a stony, red sandplain of arid shrubland - dominated by wattles, cassias and eremphilas - and is clearly visible from the air for more than 160 kilometres. The rock itself, which culminates in a small peak on a plate... view more info

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Description

Around the sandstone and quartz massif, a 49 km drive provides access to rocky creek gorges, Aboriginal rock engravings (petroglyphs) and a variety of wildlife on the rocks, plains and water courses.

Drainage lines from the rocks seep beneath the surrounding sands to feed groves of white-barked river gums. Elsewhere mulga, myall, gidgee and other wattles are dispersed across the red sandplain. Here honeyeaters, babblers and galahs forage for food. Nearby emus seek fruits, and bustards snatch insects and small reptiles from the gound. Bungarras (goannas) and red kangaroos are common on the plain, while euros and birds of prey are found closer to the rock.

At Cattle Pool on the Lyons River, a tributary of the Gascoyne, permanent pools attract waterbirds such as black cormorants, swans and ducks. In the trees are corellas and blue-winged kookaburras.

Location

Mount Augustus Western Australia WA

Directions

Situated between Great Northern and North West Coastal Highways, the drive to Mount Augustus is mainly on unsealed roads.

From the south east, from Meekatharra go west 218 km to Landor, 55 km to Burringurrah and 42 km to the Mount Augustus Outback Touris Resort where fuel, water, accommodation and camping sites are available.

From the north go east from the Great Northern Highway 25 km south of Kumarina Road house and you will travel 243 km all on unsealed road to the Mt Augustus Outback Touris Resort.

From the west, turn off the North West Coastal highway at Carnarvon, travel 173 km east to Gascoyne Junction on some sealed and some unsealed road, about half and half. There are two roads you can take from Gascoyne Junction, one via the Kennedy Range National Park and the other further east and then north. Both ways you will encounter the Cobra Bangemall Inn at Cobra Station where comfortable station stay accommodation is available. Check at Gascoyne Junction Shire office which of the two roads are in the best condition for travel.

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