Turtle Rockhole – Throssell Ranges (Rudall River) - WA

  Water Body,River,Stream,Falls


DEG: -22.276501 122.027802
DMS: 22º 16' 35.4" S 122º 01' 40.09" E
UTM: 51 K 7536246mN 399841mE
Altitude: 390.76m


Place Type

Geography - Water Body,River,Stream,Falls


202.45kms East of Nullagine
398.61kms South of Bidyadanga Community
511.79kms North of Wiluna
593.11kms West of Kiwirrkurra

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Telfer WA
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Turtle pool is an ephemeral rockhole found just outside the park boundaries to the north.The pool sits ain the entrance to a short, sandy floored gorge on the eastern edge of the Throssell Ranges. That it was a place of significance to traditional owners in the distant past is obvious by the number of carvings on the rocks littering the gorge. One of the best is a carving of a long necked turtle on a flat rock about 60 metres to the north of the pool (22 16.592 S, 122 01.680 E). Again it shows the strange characteristic of never displaying the subjects head which has been a common theme in the western desert carvings. The first pool is approximately 10 metres long, 5 wide and three deep. It has a largely sandy bottom and is shaded by a couple of eucalypts. As of July, 2008, the pool was dry. If you continue along the gorge to the west for 150 metres you will arrive at the second, much larger water hole. It unfortunately was also dry. When walking along the gorge, always look up as on the high rocks are many carvings of lizards, kangaroos and animal tracks. The second rockhole is much broader and sits at the end of the gorge with high rock walls surrounding it. It is easy to detect the previous water levels from the marks on the surrounding rock. It would be provide a magnificent remote camp when water was present.

This area is accessed by following the old mine exploration roads past “claypan”. This turnoff is on the northern edge of the claypan that borders the main Rudall access Road. It is seven (7) km north of the Desert Queens Baths turnoff. Rather than veer left to the old mine pits, continue on past the airstrip turnoff and then north for a further 6 kilometres, crossing the Yandagooge Creek on the way. It is moderate a 4x4 track. Please remember the significance of this place and treat it with the respect it deserves.
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Telfer Aero
Distance from Turtle Rockhole – Throssell Ranges (Rudall River) 65.98km N
Mean Max. °C40.638.637.334.529.125.325.328.432.737.039.440.2
Mean Min. °C26.025.423.920.615.311.910.612.516.520.823.425.4
Mean Rain mm49.1102.777.320.018.914.313.

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