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MOUNT AUGUSTUS

(Burringurrah)

 

 

 

 

 

HEMA Map Reference 78/H4

Mt. Augusts from the station campsite

(C) Caroline Brocx

 

24 19' 12" S 116 50' 23" E

 

Where is this?

1100km north of Perth.

 

Mt. Augustus is 450km east of Carnarvon. It reaches 1105 metres above sea level, 715 (some sources quote 858) metres above the surrounding plain, and from the top the surrounding country can be seen for up to 160 kilometres. It is 16km long and 5km wide.

 

The rock was named by F.T. Gregory  in 1858 after his elder brother who later became Surveyor-General of Queensland. It is estimated to be over 1,750 million years old.  It is twice the size of Ayres Rock (Uluru).

 

Mt. Augustus is a monocline (and is made up of more than one type of rock) whereas Ayres Rock is a true monolith (made up of one type of rock only.)

 

On the north side of the rock is the Lyons River and a permanent fresh water pool known as Cattle Pool.

 

There is a circuit drive around the rock that is almost 50 kilometres in length. Other features of interest include: Emu Hill Lookout, Goolinee (Cattle Pool), Goordgeela, The Pound, Beedoboondu (Flintstone), Mundee, Ooramboo and Warrarla (Gum Grove).

 

No campsites are available inside the park but a tourist complex has been established outside the park boundary about 5km from the rock. Phone 08 9943 0527 for more information.

 

Open fires are prohibited within the park.

 

NPW Website for more information  

 

 

Best time to visit:

January

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