Mount Augustus, Western Australia

4.6
Mount Augustus is located in the Mount Augustus National Park in Western Australia. The name is also given to the neighbouring pastoral lease, Mount Augustus Station. The local Wadjari people call it Burringurrah, after a Dreamtime figure, a young boy, who was speared and turned into a rock.It is a prominent inselberg that stands 1106m above sea level, or approximately 860m above the surrounding plain, and covers an area of 4795ha. It has a central ridge which is almost 8km long.Monolith - monocline distinctionMount Augustus is widely claimed in tourist promotional and information literature as the "world's largest monolith", but the claim does not originate from the geological literature, nor is substantiated by any other scholarly research.Mt. Augustus is more than twice the size of Uluru. Unlike Uluru, which is a monolith and, in general, devoid of plant growth, Mt. Augustus is a monocline (an asymmetrical anticline).1894 gold rushThere was a gold rush in the 1890s due to local geology.Flora and faunaWattles, cassias and eremophilas dominate the plant life and the animal life include emus, red kangaroos, goannas, euros and birds of prey. There is over 100 species of birds on and around Mount Augustus.
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  • What an experience good dirt road . we did not climb the Rock but drove to all the points of interest round it . Fascinating spiritual place Stayed in a unit at the Caravan Park nice and clean 2 night...  more »
  • We travelled up to see the largest rock in the world and experience Australia’s Biggest BBQ!!! We were volunteers for the weekend event for 200 guests and helped out by setting up tables and chairs, s...  more »
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  • Magical place, a required destination and hike to the summit if you’re willing and able. Love to go back some time!

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