Mount Augustus, Western Australia

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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.
Mount 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).
There was a gold rush in the 1890s due to local geology.
Wattles, 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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  • Well never been before but with my job travel abit to these incredible places and this is know exception wow this is a must do what a spectacular view bring good hiking shoes as there is plenty of tra...  more »
  • 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 »
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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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