This remote area of the region is particularly attractive for its natural geographical features, the true Australian outback experience, billabongs and wildlife. Travelling through the region can be undertaken by driving along the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways or taking a route that joins the Mt Augustus to Karijini National Park in the Pilbara.
Gascoyne Junction is the administrative centre of the Upper Gascoyne Shire and is located two hours drive inland from Carnarvon. The estimated resident population is 315 people. About 80 people live in the town while the remaining population is dispersed across pastoral stations and at Burringurrah Aboriginal Community near Mt Augustus.
Its inland location means Gascoyne Junction has a relatively high average temperature of 31°C. Temperatures can reach 48°C in January, the hottest month.
The key economic driver in the Upper Gascoyne is pastoral activity, however tourism is an area of growth and there is significant mining exploration being undertaken.
Visitors to this remote part of the Gascoyne should take care and follow the below advice:
- Do not leave designated roads to travel on station tracks, these tracks are on private property.
- Make sure your vehicle is equipped for the conditions; two spare tyres, a compressor, tools, adequate fuel and water, first aid supplies.
- Tell someone about your travel plans and expected arrival time so they can alert authorities if you fail to arrive – carry a satellite phone
- Obey road closure signs; it is an offence to ignore them.
This and other useful information explaining visitor’s responsibilities when travelling in the outback is available in a free booklet.