Gascoyne Junction, located within the Shire of Upper Gascoyne is the gateway to the magnificent Mount Augustus National Park and the Kennedy Range National Park in the Gascoyne-Murchison region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback.
Mt Augustus National Park
Looming 750 metres above its surrounding landscape in Mount Augustus National Park, Mount Augustus is visible from a distance of more than 160 kilometres. Estimated to be 1750 million years old and rising 1106 metres above sea level, it is twice the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock), making it the largest rock monolith in the world. Known by the local Wadjari Indigenous people as Burringurrah, it is also the site of fascinating Indigenous rock art. Head out to Emu Hill Lookout at sunset for spectacular photo opportunities or drive the 49 kilometre scenic trail.
Kennedy Range National Park
Scenic gorges and a vast plateau of ancient dunefields are waiting to be explored in the Kennedy Range National Park. Enjoy a real outback wilderness experience and camp beneath the stark sandstone cliffs of the Kennedy Range. The best time to visit the range is August through to September, when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
At the point where the Lyons and Gascoyne Rivers meet sits Gascoyne Junction, two hours' drive east of Carnarvon. First proposed as a town site in 1897, today it’s a centre for mining, pastoral and desert merino fine wool industries.
Visit the Shire of Upper Gascoyne website at www.uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au for more information about the Kennedy Range National Park, Mount Augustus National Park and the Gascoyne-Murchison region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback.