The Shire of Upper Gascoyne is one of the most remote local governments in Western Australia. Covering an area of some 46,602 square kilometres it includes a diverse array of environmental landscapes providing not only lifestyle opportunities for residents but economic and tourism potential as well.
The district is traversed by the Gascoyne and Lyons Rivers and their tributaries and contains two National Parks – Mt. Augustus (containing the world’s largest monolith rising to 1,106 metres above sea level) and the Kennedy Ranges. The Shire has an estimated population of some 335 persons. There are approximately 195 residents at Burringurrah, an Indigenous community south of Mt. Augustus, 90 people on 35 pastoral stations, about 15 at Woodgamia aboriginal community and 34 residents at Gascoyne Junction.
A Sports Oval in the centre of the town area is the focus for sporting activities within the Shire.
Adjoining the Oval is the Junction Pavilion,With a large commercial size kitchen, this is where public and private events are frequently held. The Pavilion is available for hire.
A bright new childrens playground is located on the main street.
Federation Park beside the Oval has a pleasant rotunda, providing shade for a lunchtime stop.
Public Toilets are located at the Pavilion on Gregory Street, and also on Scott Street.
A Community Resource Centre is situated next to the Shire office offering a range of services including: Centrelink, Public internet, Doctors visits and local craft sales.
The CRC is also an Australia Post agent.
The Upper Gascoyne Museum is not currently open to the public.
The main activities in the region are Pastoral, Mining Exploration, and Tourism.