Shire of Upper Gascoyne

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Attractions

The Shire of Upper Gascoyne boasts a number of renowned tourist attractions.

Extending into the neighbouring shires there are two World Heritage listed sites forming part of a wider tourism development in the Gascoyne Region.

The regions two World Heritage Listed Sites are:

  • Monkey Mia at Shark Bay, http://sharkbay.org/ and
  • Coral Bay, 150 km south of Exmouth between Exmouth and Gnaraloo

These outstanding ocean based tourism attractions are augmented by the land based attractions within our shire: Kennedy Range National Park and Mount Augustus National Park.

The beautiful gorges and red rock landscape of Kennedy Range National Park. Perfect for a four wheel drive adventure, Kennedy Range National Park is the place to go camping under a star-filled night sky. Here, you're surrounded by pristine wilderness. Go bushwalking and explore gorges and sandstone cliffs, see native animals and birds, and look out over the vast plains of pastoral leases. The Temple Gorge camp site at Kennedy Range National Park is 56 kilometres north of Gascoyne Junction.  Kennedy Range is a flora and fauna haven 90 kilometres in length with stunning cliffs, springs and canyons. 

Rising up to 100 metres above the valley, the Kennedy Range plateau has dominated the surrounding plains for millions of years. With red sand dunes, spinifex, wattle and mallee trees scattered throughout the area, this is what the Aussie outback is all about.

Bushwalking trails run from the northern visitor site and camping area, and take you into gorges where you'll see honeycomb-like rock formations.

The best time to visit is late autumn and early spring.

For more infomation on the Kennedy Range follow the link 

http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/kennedy-range

Mt Augustus is the world's largest monocline and is visible from 100km away.  It is 8km long, 3 km wide, 858 metres high and in total 1105 metres above sea level.

Mount Augustus is one of the most spectacular solitary peaks of the world.  It rises above a stoney, red sandplain of arid scrubland and is visible from the air for more than 160kms.  The granite fromation is about 8km 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.  Burringurrah is the Wajarri name for Mount Augustus.

Mount Augustus National Park, Western Australia is located 460km east of Carnarvon and is  known as Burringurrah by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people.

During dawn and dusk, it's colours are awe inspiring, changing from deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and occasionally green. These contrasts make for some amazing photo opportunities.

There is a 49 kilometre circuit around Mount Augustus National Park suitable for conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles. This circuit offers views of the changing faces of the rock and access to a number of key sites including rocky creek gorges, caves, Aboriginal rock engravings, picnic sites, walk trails and a variety of wildlife on the rock, plain and water courses.

Aboriginal etchings can be found on short walks around the rock at Flintstone Rock, Mundee and Ooramboo.

The Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus attracts over 10,000 visitors annually to the two national parks.  With the development of the new tourism precinct, it is expected that the number of visitors to the region will increase dramatically. 

When travelling to these remote locations, the Shire of Upper Gascoyne advises that travellers are aware of the road distances and road conditions. 

To find out more about Mt Augustus and the Tourist Park, follow this link:

 http://www.mtaugustustouristpark.com/


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