NANUTARRA ROADHOUSE

 

Nanutarra Roadhouse

GPS 22 32 41 S 115 29 55 E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situated on the banks of the Ashburton River. Just north of the roadhouse is the western access road to Karijini National Park. The Ashburton River was named after the President of the Royal Geographical Society by Francis Gregory who discovered it in 1861.

Although they are not obvious during daylight hours, there are large numbers of kangaroos in this area and driving through here at night is not recommended.

Harry Highman started Nanutarra Station in 1879 and the name originates from an Aboriginal word for a type of bulrush that grows in the area.

Highman brought 1,500 sheep from the area Moora now exists. John Cowman and Highman followed the route pioneered by Edward Hooley

Nanutarra Station relied heavily on Aboriginal labour and the Aboriginal people where excellent stockmen.

Frank Baxter built the Nanutarra Roadhouse in 1965 three kilometres from the original Nanutarra homestead sat.

People travelling through this still remote area today, can scarcely comprehend the difficulties faced by the early pioneers.

 

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