What to Do at Mount Augustus
What To Do
The Mount constantly changes colour from bright red at sunrise through shades of green to hues of blue and purple to red again at sunset. Some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world may be seen at Mount Augustus.
To see everything there is at Mount Augustus would take anything up to a week. Most visitors spend at least 3 days walking up the beautiful waterfall area, which leads right to the summit where they may sign the visitors book placed inside a cairn near the top, or visit “Edney’s Lookout” which was the home of a rustler for many years at the turn of the century. The spring beside which he built his humpy is still there as are signs of his stockyards and old well.
There are 5 graded roads into the base of the Rock all of which offer something of interest to visitors – interesting rock formations, caves, and of course the Aboriginal drawings which are found on many parts of the Rock. These are very primitive and are thought to be pre-Dreamtime.
The area boasts numerous varieties of bird and wildlife and is a birdwatchers dream as nearly 100 species have already been identified. Nearby Cattle Pool on the Lyons River is a magical stretch of clear, blue water shaded by magnificent ghost and river gums where visitors may fish, swim and canoe, as it is over 2kms long and very deep. An ideal spot for a picnic lunch, a stroll along the banks or just whiling away the hours with a good book under a shady tree.