Mt Augustus / Walga Rock at Wildflower Time
Fri 17 – Tue 21 Sep 2021 (5 Days) *with wildflower guide*
Seniors $1420 Adults $1570 S/Supp $320 Upgrade available at Mt Augustus @ $100/nt
Mount Augustus, for all its isolation, is one of the true wonders of Australia and the largest rock on the planet. The local Wajarri Aboriginal people called the mountain “Burringurrah”. Walga Rock is a huge monolith, where you can see the largest gallery of Aboriginal rock paintings in Western Australia. Explore the cave, which contains a range of paintings. We should also see wildflowers scattered throughout the countryside at this time of year.
Departing Perth, we start our adventure travelling through the Swan Valley on the Great Northern Highway and arriving at Bindoon for a morning tea stop. We later continue through wheat and sheep country to Dalwallinu, here we enjoy lunch. Onward we reach the tiny settlement of Paynes Find and on the sides of the road at this time of the year we should experience carpets of everlastings, a visual delight. We have a comfort stop and then onto Mount Magnet and to the outback town of Cue, our overnight stop. (D)
This morning a short drive to Meekatharra and a tour of the town before hitting the dirt road to Mt Augustus. Our first stop on the way is at the Murchison River, a delightful area for bird life and flora and fauna. We collect some firewood here for our camp fire for the next two nights at Mt Augustus, a wonderful experience in the outback. Our next stop on the way is the heritage site of Mt Gould; this is the site of one of Western Australia’s oldest police stations, built in 1880 and has a very interesting story. We next arrive at the Landor Race Track, Races have been held here since 1929 and still continue to run every year in October. We have a look around before heading to our destination and on the way we will experience the wonder of Mt Augustus from a distance, an amazing sight. Then onto our accommodation for a two night stop over at Mt Augustus resort and station. (B D) (Shared amenities)
This morning is all about the rock, Mt Augustus and the lovely Lyons River, which is where Cattle Pool is situated, an absolutely wonderful spot, with its amazing large river gums, birdlife and animals. We enjoy a morning tea here and for those who are game a swim is on offer! Around the rock we stop at various locations to explore Aboriginal art, wonderful rock formations and experience the scent of the bush – it doesn’t get much better. Later we return to our accommodation for lunch and then the afternoon is yours to explore, relax and take in this vast area. In the late afternoon we travel to our sunset viewing area and watch the sun go down on the largest rock in the world, quite a sight to experience, while we enjoy champagne and nibbles. Later back to camp for our evening meal around the campfire. What a truly wonderful day! (B L D)
We say goodbye to Mt Augustus and travel to the ruins of Big Bell and then Walga Rock, a monolith which is 5 km around the base and 1.5 km long, the second largest in Australia. We have a bush BBQ and return to Cue in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)
On to Yalgoo for morning tea and a visit to Jokers Tunnel. This tunnel was carved though solid rock by early gold prospectors. We arrive at Wubin for lunch before continuing our journey. We have an afternoon stop be-fore arriving back to Perth, after a wonderful tour of the Murchison area. (B)
Mt Gould Police Station
Landor Race Track
Meals where specified on itinerary
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