Paraburdoo to Murchison via Mt Augustus

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesParaburdoo
FinishMurchison
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 
Distance807.94 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed69.32 km/hr
Driving Time11 hrs 39 mins
Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 12 Jun 2010

Description

This trek takes in the World's largest rock - Mt Augustus. After leaving Paraburdoo, you zig zag your way into Mt Augustus, travelling through station country the whole way. The drive can take most of the day, although there are several camping spots along the way. Camping is not permitted in the Mt Augustus National Park. After arriving at Mt Augustus, there are several different places to look at around the base of Mt Augustus. If you wish to climb Mt Augustus, you need to allow 6hrs to climb it - it is well worth the climb. As you head south from Mt Augustus, again through station country, the terrain changes from dry and sparse open land, to green paddocks of wheat. This trek is suitable for softroaders with caution at creek crossings and after rain. This trek can also be linked up with the Karijini & Millstream NPs Trek Note.

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Environment

Take the opportunity to climb Mt Augustus - the worlds largest rock. Mt Augustus rises 715m out of the red, stony sandplain, making it the worlds largest monocline (A geologic structure in which all layers are inclined in the same direction, in this case arch-like). It is 2 1/2 times the size of Ayers Rock (Uluru). There are also many shorter walks around the base.

Whilst in the region, keep your eye our for Red Kangaroos, Dingoes, Emus, Goannas (Bungarras), Pink and Grey Galahs, Wedge Tail Eagles, Honeyeaters, Bustards, Black Cormorants, Blue-Winged Kookaburras, Corellas, Wattles, White-barked River Gums. In late winter and spring there are many acres of wildflowers that can be seen including the Everlasting Daisy.

History

Aboriginal history is very evident in this area. Around Mt Augustus you will be able to see engravings on the rock wall as well as many of the place names are Aboriginal. There are several dream time stories for Mt Augustus, but the most common is the story of a boy called Burringurrah who was undergoing his initiation into manhood. He was so distressed that he ran away. Because of this, he transgressed the Aboriginal tribal law and under the law he had to be punished. Tribesmen chased Burringurrah and speared him in the upper right leg. He fell to the ground with the spear protruding from his leg. Burringurrah tried to crawl away, but the women beat him with their fighting sticks causing him to collapse and die. As you look at Mt Augustus you can see his final lying position, he died lying on his belly with his left leg bent up beside his body. Edney's Lookout, a small peak, represents the spear head.

Mt Augustus was named after Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, the brother of Grancis Gregory who was the first European to climb Mt Augustus in 1858.

Preparation

In relatively remote treks such as this one, it is still important to carry sufficient fuel, water, food, supplies, communications and navigation gear such as a GPS and HF radio, safety equipment and first aid, along with emergency backup supplies. A small range of supplies and fuel is available at Mt Augustus. There are no mechanical repair services available, so make sure you have enough tools and spares in case of a breakdown.

Permits

No permits are required to traverse Paraburdoo to Murchison via Mt Augustus, however camping fees may apply.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolMurchison.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 113 litres4cyl 131 litres4cyl 162 litres
6cyl 124 litres6cyl 146 litres6cyl 142 litres
8cyl 124 litres8cyl 134 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Gascoyne Junction
Distance from Trek Mid Point 162.66km W
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C40.739.737.532.827.723.823.024.928.332.335.338.7
Mean Min. °C23.924.422.518.613.810.59.310.012.015.518.121.3
Mean Rain mm24.029.828.714.727.631.627.412.03.14.53.54.2
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Murchison
There are limited supplies available at Mt Augustus and Murchison.

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What to See

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Where to Stay

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Campsites (powered and unpowered) as well as cabins are available at the Mt Augustus Tourist Resort.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Paraburdoo to Nanutarra Wittenoom Rd & Ashburton Downs Rd85.37 kmNW293° 1 hr 10 min
Nanutarra Wittenoom Rd & Ashburton Downs Rd to Ashburton River, Ashburton Downs Rd55.66 kmS186° 46 min
Ashburton River, Ashburton Downs Rd to Ashburton Downs1.15 kmS195° 1 min
Ashburton Downs to Pingandy Rd & Ashburton Downs Meekatharra Rd129.66 kmSE127° 1 hr 46 min
Pingandy Rd & Ashburton Downs Meekatharra Rd to Pingandy Ck, Pingandy Rd60.5 kmW275° 53 min
Pingandy Ck, Pingandy Rd to Dooley Downs49.41 kmSW239° 46 min
Dooley Downs to Mount Augustus35.96 kmSW225° 31 min
Mount Augustus to Burringurrah Community43.22 kmS176° 46 min
Burringurrah Community to Landor56.02 kmS183° 44 min
Landor to Gascoyne River, Carnarvon Meekatharra Rd3.22 kmSE140° 3 min
Gascoyne River, Carnarvon Meekatharra Rd to Numgingina12 kmSW232° 10 min
Numgingina to Erong Rd & Beringarra Byro Rd126.94 kmS194° 1 hr 47 min
Erong Rd & Beringarra Byro Rd to Derrin Pool40.13 kmW255° 32 min
Derrin Pool to Mardagee3.21 kmNW316° 2 min
Mardagee to Carnarvon Mullewa Rd & Beringarra Byro Rd9.24 kmW284° 7 min
Carnarvon Mullewa Rd & Beringarra Byro Rd to Curbur44.36 kmSW212° 35 min
Curbur to Murchison51.9 kmS178° 42 min
Paraburdoo to Murchison807.94 km  11 hr 39 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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