Mt Augustus is one of the most remarkable landmarks of the world. It is the largest monoclines and can be seen from the air for more than 160 kms. The granite formation is approximately 8 kms long, covering an area of 4,795 hectares. It’s also estimated to be 1,750 million years old.
Mt Augustus is located 852 kms north of Perth, 490 kms east of Carnarvon and 390 kms northwest of Meekatharra.
It is recommended to take the 49 km Loop Drive around the sandstone inselberg. View Aboriginal rock engravings and encounter a variety of wildlife such as kangaroos, emus and small reptiles. Access rocky creeks, gorges and open plains.
Accommodation, powered caravan sites, camping facilities, fuel and water are available at Mt Augustus Tourist Park, phone (08) 9943 0527.
Visitors to this remote part of the Gascoyne should take care and follow the below advice:
- Make sure your vehicle is equipped for the conditions; at least one spare tyre, first aid supplies, a compressor, and carry adequate fuel, food and water.
- Avoid travelling at dawn and dusk as wildlife and stock wander.
- Obey road closure signs; it is an offence to ignore them.
- Drive to road and weather condition. Keep to, or below the speed limit and slow down on dirt and gravel roads when your vision is obscured by the sun or dusk.