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The mountain is literally one of the region’s biggest attractions; stretching about 10km long and 5km wide, and rising 1105m above sea level, it is just 144m shorter than Mt Meharry, WA’s highest mountain.
The walls of the rock shelters in Mt Augustus are covered with engravings, pecked or chiselled into the rock many millennia ago by the Wajarri people.
The best time to see wildflowers bloom is generally mid-June to August.
The national park has two permanent water bodies, which support a great variety of wildlife, and is home to some rare plants. Up to 7000 people visit the park each year, with most arriving during the wildflower season when the red earth is covered with purple mulla-mulla and yellow-flowering goodenias.
Mt Augustus – or Burringurrah, as it is known to the Wajarri people – lies in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, about 330km inland from Carnarvon, WA.
On 22 September 1989, this magnificent mountain and a ribbon of land surrounding it were gazetted as a national park.
Formed mostly of orange-brown sandstone, Mt Augustus captivates visitors with its ever-changing play of colours, ranging from a pale pink at sunrise to harsh browns and vivid oranges that soften into a deep red at sunset.
The slopes of Mt Augustus have a distinct microclimate, supporting greener and more lush vegetation than the surrounding plains.
What it lacks in size – the park is just 9168ha – it makes up for with natural features.
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