Mount Augustus National Park, Western Australia is located 460km east of Carnarvon and 390kms west of Meekatharra, and is home to the world's largest monocline, known as Burringurrah by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people.
Mount Augustus is a star attraction on the Kingsford Smith Mail Run – one of the three self-drive trails with interpretive signage that make up the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways.
The rock of Mount Augustus itself is about eight kilometres long and covers an area of 4,795 hectares within Mount Augustus National Park. The granite rock that lies beneath Mount Augustus is 1,650 million years old. This makes it twice the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and considerably older. It is also the biggest 'rock' in the world. During dawn and dusk, its colours are awe inspiring, changing from deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and occasionally green. These contrasts make for some amazing photo opportunities.
There is a 49 kilometre circuit around Mt Augustus National Park suitable for conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles. This circuit offers views of the changing faces of the rock and access to a number of key sites including rocky creek gorges, caves, Aboriginal rock art, picnic sites, walk trails and a variety of wildlife on the rock, plain and water courses.
Aboriginal etchings can be found on short walks around the rock at Flintstone Rock, Mundee and Ooramboo. For the more energetic there are a number of longer walk trails available including a return hike to the rock's summit. This a 12-kilometre, six-hour return walk and is suitable only for fit and experienced bushwalkers. From the summit there are extensive views over the surrounding plain, drainage basin and distant ranges. Seek advice from the Mount Augustus National Park ranger before setting out on this walk.
For more information on visiting Mount Augustus National Park visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife. No camping or open fires are permitted within the National Park or on Mount Augustus Station pastoral lease. Accommodation, powered caravan sites, camping facilities, meals, fuel and water are available at Mount Augustus Tourist Park, located five kilometres from the base of the rock.
And here she is… the biggest rock on the entire planet! Meet Mount Augustus: an 800-million-year-old wonder, found 1000km north of Perth. It took @robmulally and me four days (and a lot of dust) to get here... We dropped bags at our cabins and came straight to this lookout. Can you cop a load of that view? It blows my mind that somehow - despite being a staggeringly gorgeous, entirely natural phenomenon - we only saw ~20 people in the whole national park. Australia... you are full of surprises. ✨ #RoadToTheRock
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Mount Augustus may be reached from many directions - 450 kilometres from Carnarvon, 350 kilometres from Barradale, 350 kilometres from Meekatharra via Landor, from Newman or Mullewa.
The roads are reasonable but may be washed out after rain, so check in advance about road conditions. Carry ample fuel, water and supplies to cope with all possible occurrences.
To help plan your visit, download the Mount Augustus Visitor Guide from here.
Fees apply for vehicle entry to national parks.