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Mount Augustus |
The debate rages on, but we
feel we’re safe in saying that Mt
Augustus, the world’s largest
monocline, is the biggest rock in
the world! Rising 717m above the
surrounding plain, and covering an
area of almost 5000ha, it’s almost
twice the size of that other ‘rock’
in the Northern Territory. Known
by the local Aboriginal people as
Burringurrah, it’s about 360km
from Meekatharra. Roads are
suitable for conventional vehicles
for most of the year.
TIP Burringurrah Drive is a 49km
driving circuit that provides
views of our rock and takes you
to gorges, caves, Aboriginal rock
engravings and walking trails.
Abrolhos Islands | Coral Coast
For a tropical taster, head to these low-lying islands fringed by coral
reefs - the southernmost point in Australia where tropical coral reef
species occur. There are 122 islands with the most commonly known ones
about 60km off the coast of Geraldton. Cool and warm currents meet
here, allowing for a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish and corals.
Bring your fishing rod and your snorkel to this wildly beautiful place.
History buffs – visit the graves and rock forts left behind after the Dutch
ship Batavia foundered in 1629 – Australia’s second-oldest shipwreck –
leading to a wild tale of human savagery. And bird-watchers, it’s among
Australia’s most important sites for breeding seabirds with more than
90 species identified here.
TIP Take in the islands’ beauty from above by boarding a scenic flight.
National Park | The Pilbara
Head to the oasis on your camel –
well, your 4WD, really. This lush
oasis of gorges and palm-fringed
rockpools contrasts with the harsh
surrounding landscape and offers
some of the best bush camping
spots in the region. The park covers
about 200,000ha around the
Fortescue River – the heartland of
the Yindjibarndi people - and is
about 120km from Karratha.
TIP Camping facilities include bush
toilets and gas barbecues.
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