The world’s largest monolith, Mount Augustus, is two and a half times the size of Uluru. It’s an awesome sight, whether you’re gazing up at the 750-metre high summit from its 49 kilometre scenic base trail (four wheel drive only) or snapping shots from the Emu Hill Lookout. At sunrise and sunset the colours change from cool greens and blues to golden glows.
Standing proudly in the north-west of the Gascoyne-Murchison region, 360-kilometres from Meekatharra, you’ll need to allow at least 2-days to drive there from Perth.
A closer look will reveal ancient rock art and the mysterious caves of the Wadjari Aboriginal people, who call the ancient landmark “Burringurrah”. For thousands of years, the rock’s natural springs have been a source of water for the Wadjari people. See evidence of their habitation at the Mundee, Ooramboo and Beedoboondu visitor sites.
Surrounded by native trees and shrubs, the area is also a haven for wildlife – from emus, kangaroos and goannas to kookaburras, honeyeaters and birds of prey.
You can climb it, but it’s a tough, 12-kilometre walk that takes about 6 hours and generally recommended for visitors with a high level of fitness. There’s no water at Mount Augustus, so make sure you carry at least 4 litres, per person day.
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ActivitiesBirdwatching Camping Hiking Rock Climbing Walks