(C) Max Jefferies
HEMA Map reference 76/A3
25 03' 06" S 115 12' 26" E
Caravan Park 08 9943 0940
Fossil Hill, Mt. Augustus.
Buildings of note
The town lies
178km east of Carnarvon down a long but reasonably well maintained gravel
road. (Note: The road is currently in the process of
of the local hotel built a 'bottle wall' some time in the 1920s. This wall
was made entirely of discarded bottles and became quite a tourist
attraction. Sadly with new ownership came new ideas and the wall was
demolished by a new publican (who obviously had no imagination) in the
One of the yearly attractions at Gascoyne Junction (usually held in springtime) are the annual races. People come from near and far to attend the race meeting which becomes a social event for the station people and towns people alike. Joan Budd wrote the following about the event:
The Gascoyne Junction Races
If around about September you want something to remember
Pack your traps and take a trip up Gascoyne Way
If you're fifty five or twenty, you'll get entertainment plenty
You'll remember it until your dying day
From each sheep and cattle station there's a mass evacuation
They come from every outpost, near and far
From the main roads and the chasers they're a-going to the races
It's the biggest thing that happens in a year
Staunch Nor' Westers by the dozen start the good old Junction buzzin'
And the pub stays open morning noon, and nights
Where the blokes from near and far swap their yarns around the bar
And settle little differences with fights
Then they grab their swags and sleep underneath the nearest jeep
And they get up in the morning, feeling fine
So they spend the day at Two-up, and around the bar they queue up
To celebrate their wins with beer and wine
And then, at 'The Races' and a sea of eager faces
Lines the rough bush track the proudly call 'The Course'
And the station hands are tense and they lean upon the fence
With their earnings of twelve months bet on a horse
For a week or so before, a forgotten thing is law
And merry hell the order of the day
To the lonely little Junction this yearly racing function
Is the biggest thing that ever came its way
And when the fun is over and car and jeep and rover
Are swallowed up in swirling clouds of dust
It's for certain you'll remember how about around September
The Gascoyne Junction races are a must.
The areas surrounding Gascoyne Junction (and especially the Kennedy Ranges) are known to contain important fossil deposits. There is also a type of multi-coloured silicified radiolarian siltstone called Mookalite. This is found in deposits on Mooka Station. The stone is unique to Australia.
In 1975 Tom Dunn, a boundary rider, was reported missing from his camp between Dalgety Downs and Glenburgh. His camp was in good order, as was his vehicle and a prepared meal still sat in his camp oven. Despite an extensive search Tom Dunn was never found and the mystery of his disappearance remains unsolved.
Another missing person who was never located was the
prospector and experienced bushman Patrick Bohan. He vanished in 1982. Like
Tom Dunn, Patrick's vehicle was in working order and stocked with food and
fuel. He even carried a
motor bike as protection against his main vehicle breaking down and it too
was in good working order.
Both these men, experienced as they were in bush living, simply vanished without trace.
(C) Max Jefferies
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