Mt Augustus National Park is located 470km northeast of Carnarvon and is accessed via unsealed road only. Woolwagon Pathway via Gascoyne Junction is suitable for conventional two-wheel drive vehicles. The dirt road via Pingandy and Dooley Downs is heavy with bull dust and four-wheel drive only.
Recognised as the largest rock in the world, it rises 715m out of surrounding plains and shrubland and sits 1105m above sea level. Emu Hill Lookout along the Cobra Mt Augustus Road provides views of the monolith in the distance. This rock doesn’t come close to the likes of Ayers Rock (Uluru) but is unique in its size, shape and form. It is red and orange in appearance and generously dotted with spinifex.
The perimeter of Mt Augustus can be explored on the 49km Bowgada Drive (loop) and there are several points of interest along the way, including Cattle Pool, aboriginal engraving sites and lookouts. All features are close to the main track.
Cattle Pool is a permanent waterhole on the Lyons River. The banks are lined with white-barked river gums and the pool is most scenic after rain. Swimming is not recommended due to reeds on the bed of the pool. The 1.2km Corella Trail leaves from Cattle Pool. This easy walk along the bank is one for the bird watching enthusiasts.
There are 3 sites featuring aboriginal engravings in the park. Ooramboo has a couple on the escarpment, although they appear quite weathered. The trail to view them is an easy 500m return. Pit toilet located here.
Mundee finds the engravings on a rock face and in a small cave. The easy walk is 300m return with views of the southern side of Mount Augustus.
Flintstone Rock is like a small bridge protecting the engravings underneath. These are the clearest markings although you have to crawl under the rock to see them. The walk is an easy 500m return and is the last of the aboriginal engraving sites on the loop. Pit toilet located here.
The Pound is a basin formed naturally by the surrounding ridges. It was previously used as a holding area for cattle before droving them to Meekatharra. The 1km easy Saddle Trail provides views over the basin and the Lyons River valley.
For the fit and energetic there is of course the Summit Trail leading to the top. The moderately difficult walk is 12km return (starting from Flintstone Rock) and you are advised to allow 6 hours to complete it. Views are of the surrounding plains and ranges in the distance. If you are attempting this walk go well prepared with plenty of water and sun cover and advise the ranger of your plans.
Camping is prohibited in the national park however Mt Augustus Outback Tourist Resort located on the scenic loop provides basic accommodation, camping, fuel, meals and water.