Mount Augustus or Burringurrah is one of the most spectacular solitary peaks of the world's largest monoclines; it rises above a stoney, red sand-plain of arid scrubland and is visible from the air for more than 160 kms. The granite formation is about 8 kms long, covers an area of 4,795 hectares and is estimated to be 1,750 million years old.
The area around Mount Augustus is the traditional lands of the Wajarri tribe. Aboriginal occupation is evident by the engravings on rock walls at Mundee, Ooramboo and Beedoboondu
Sunday May 8th 2016 to Saturday May 14th, 2016
Sunday May 15th 2016 to Saturday May 21st, 2016
Sunday May 22nd to Saturday May 28th, 2016
Sunday May 29th to Saturday 4th June, 2016
Sunday June 5th to Saturday 11th June, 2016
Sunday June 12th to Saturday 18th June, 2016
Sunday June 19th to Saturday June 25th, 2016
Sunday June 26th to Saturday July 2nd, 2016
Sunday July 3rd to Saturday July 9th, 2016
We ask for a deposit of 20% at Booking and we can offer the convenience of regular monthly prepay instalments, to help with budgeting.
I have been working in and around the area with local Indigenous communities since 1993 and have amassed more than 2 decades of outback camping and touring experience. And given I now live in Arkansas, USA I find that my trips home to share Australia's golden outback with people like you is all the more exciting and fantastic. Living away from home, I love it more and more everyday.
Accommodation in Meekatharra, Mt Augustus Tourist Park and Carnarvon, Western Australia with all other nights involving camping in a swag under the stars
Food - breakfast, lunch and dinner
Water and soft drinks
Cultural awareness experience
Experienced outback tour guide
Good foot wear for walking, climbing and exploring
Also plan for at least one night with freezing temperatures and at least one very hot day and you'll be well prepared for everything
If you like your particular pillow; please bring it
Bring a good hat and we would suggest a fly bag - which fits over your hat and keeps the flies out of your face
During the Tour we will connect as much as possible , as the Calendar and weather permits with landmark places and events on the route.
Meekatharra - where your journey begins is situated on the Great Northern Highway. Meekatharra is the largest centre in the Murchison.
Kingsford Smith Mail Run
The 800 km road trail is well marked with thirteen interpretive sites. Kingsford Smith started his mail run in 1924 from Carnarvon.
Mount Augustus Station was taken up in 1887 by Samuel James Phillips and John Hughes Phillips. After WW1, Ernest Potts managed the station and ran 17,000 head of cattle with the help of Aboriginal and non-indigenous stockmen. Potts managed the station for 35 years until 1955, after which the station passed through a number of owners and managers. In 1989 Mount Augustus and the land immediately surrounding it (9168 hectares) was voluntarily released from a portion of Mount Augustus station and declared a National Park.
Burringurrah Community is an Aboriginal community located 40 km south from Mount Augustus. It has a shop, clinic, police station and school. On the tour we will connect with this Community and as their lore time and other community commitments allow, we will experience their cultural and spiritual guidance as we explore their traditional lands.
Landor Races occur during on the first weekend in October and if we have a tour that coincides, then we'll include all the fun at no extra cost, but be warned it will add 3 further days to your tour and involve camping under the stars, come what may, as far as the weather is concerned!!!! The Landor Races are the Eastern Gascoyne Race Club's traditional bush race meeting.
Kennedy Range National Park is just north of Gascoyne Junction. It heralds the spectacular sandstone battlements of the Kennedy Range. It extends for roughly 195 km in a northerly direction from near Gascoyne Junction. The park offers spectacular scenery of gorges and precipitous faces, with a vast plateau of ancient dune-fields on top of the range.
Carnarvon - where your journey ends!!!
The Heritage Precinct is located at the One Mile Jetty with the "coffee pot" train running on it. Nearby is the Shearers Hall of Fame and the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum.
Full refund 2 days prior to tour.
Great Northern Highway, Meekatharra, Western Australia
We'll meet in Meekatharra and and spend the night in the very comfortable 3 star Motel. This will give us all a chance to meet and greet in the comfort of civilisation before we hit the frog and toad and go camping.
We'll pack the vehicles. Do last minute checks. Fuel up. Make sure we have the right food and snacks that everyone likes - enough for 8 days and nights - as well as soft drink, water and beer. Complimentary redf wine will also be on board, but due to strict alcohol restrictions, please note, we can't carry full strength alcohol, and or allow spirits on the journey.
After breakfast, we'll head out to Mount Gould Police Station for afternoon smoko and some gentle exploring. If the weather is grand and everyone is happy, we can set up a camp under the stars and watch for the amazing meteor showers which are pretty common out here.
Arrive at the Mount Augustus Tourist Park and begin our 24 hours on the ground at Burringurrah. Its always my goal to allow people to experience a sunrise and sunset out here, as well as take in the atmosphere of color changes throughout the day. There is an opportunity to take photos, watch birds, paint and or draw on canvas, in either watercolor or oils - yes, we cater for artists on board, too.
We head into Gascoyne Junction and lunch at the pub, which is also the roadhouse, post office, etc, etc; after all this is the OUT BACK!!!! and then we proceed towards the Kennedy Ranges for another night under the stars.
An easy day of exploring the last of the Kennedy Ranges and making our way into Carnarvon. Travelling in 4WD vehicle.
Farewells, with every assistance given by the Tour Guides, to make sure that you connect on to further travel. See all that Carnarvon offers, and or have the farewell experience with the group that will ensure that this trip is truly memorable for a long time to come
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