Thu 19 to to Mon 23 September 2024 (5 Days)
Seniors $1,450 Adults $1,500 Single Supp $350 Upgrade available at Mt Augustus @ $120 pn
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 East Perth Rail Terminal at 7.30 am, we start our adventure travelling through the Swan Valley on the Great Northern Highway and arriving at Bindoon for morning tea. We later continue through wheat and sheep country to Dalwallinu for lunch. We continue on to Payne’s Find, and on the sides of the road at this time of the year we should experience carpets of everlastings. We then head on to Mount Magnet and then the outback town of Cue, our overnight stop. (D)
This morning we take a short drive to Meekatharra for 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. 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 one which 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. On the way we will experience the wonder of Mt Augustus from a distance, an amazing sight. Later we arrive at our accommodation for a two-night stop over at Mt Augustus resort and station. (B,D)
This morning is all about the rock—Mt Augustus—and the lovely Lyons River, which is where Cattle Pool is situated. This is 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 today and head out, turning south and crossing the Murchison River . We continue 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 here and continue on to Cue in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)
Today we continue our journey back to Perth, stopping for morning tea and lunch on the way and walks among the flowers before arriving late afternoon. (B)
Mt Gould Police Station
Landor Race Track
Meals where specified on itinerary
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