Native Rockhole - WA

  Water Supply


DEG: -23.566469 125.560501
DMS: 23º 33' 59.29" S 125º 33' 37.8" E
UTM: 51 K 7391434mN 761356mE
Altitude: 409.78m


Place Type

Services - Water Supply


240.43kms West of Kiwirrkurra
302.45kms North of Warburton
565.91kms South of Yungngora
589.78kms East of Nullagine

Address & Contact

Gibson Desert South WA
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This rockhole was shown to Explorer David Carnegie in September 1896 by a native woman. After filtering out sticks, leaves, the rotting bodies of birds and animals, bones of rats and dingoes he managed to procure about 12 gallons of water.

The descriptions Carnegie left for this rockhole were very limited. He stated that it lay eight miles from Patience Well to the SE by E, and quote, "and has no guide whatever to its situation".

The rockhole was re-discovered on 6th July 2008 by Alan G. McCall of Perth.

We were fortunate enough to accompany Alan McCall and his father John to the Rockhole in June this year(2010). In all likelihood as only the second group of non-indigenous people to visit the site since Carnegie, we felt immensely privileged. There is little to mark the rock hole but for the clearing in which it sits. The rock hole sits in a circle of sandstone surrounded by a small gibber and mulga plain. The hole itself is some 1.2 metres in depth and has two distinct “entrances”. The surrounding countryside is largely open spinifex plains with copses of Mulga and Acacia. This area sits slightly higher than the surrounding country and the rocky nature of the area promotes drainage to the north-west. This drainage has promoted thicker growth of flora some several hundreds metres to the north west. That this location was a significant site to the original inhabitants of the area there can be no doubt, proved simply by the fragments of grinding stones and grinding grooves left worn into the surrounding areas of exposed rock.
The rock hole contained a small amount of water at the time of our attendance this year. We cleared some 30 cm of silt from the bottom of the site discovering quite a few bones and a frog (who was returned once the digging was completed.

Alan has marked the track in this year more clearly in the hope that others will enjoy a visit to this significant landmark from the later stages of Australian exploration.
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Closest Weather Station

TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Warburton Airfield
Distance from Native Rockhole 303.15km S
Mean Max. °C38.036.533.929.324.320.720.723.127.931.634.336.6
Mean Min. °C22.922.119.915.
Mean Rain mm28.536.731.418.015.417.912.99.85.714.824.731.5

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