In July we set off on a camping holiday into the Pilbara region of Western Australia. If you missed the last post back in August you can catch up by clicking here - Pilbara-camping-part-3
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Mt Augustus or Burringurrah as it is know by the local Wadjari indigenous people, is the world's largest monolith, twice the size of central Australia's Uluru. Eight kilometres long, it rises 715 metres out of the red stony sand plain of arid shrubland. The granite rock that lies beneath Mount Augustus is 1,650 million years old. If you are coming down from Tom Price as we did, the view above is what you can see from Yallowerie Hill Lookout only a few kilometres from Mt Augustus. The view was certainly impressive, but we didn't delay long looking at the view. We wanted to be down there within the view.
And anyway a hot shower was waiting for us at the Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park which is located just outside the boundary of the park and where we would be staying for the next few days. How do you like our view? The pic below was taken at sunrise which accounts for the redness of Mt Augustus. We were amazed to see the expanse of grass and the shady trees in the caravan park. There are powered sites, which we had, and unpowered sites a little further off in the shrub, where you can pick your own spot to set up.
After setting up, I hightailed it over to the showers - my goodness that hot shower and hair washing felt amazing after being several days without a hot shower. After lunch and some clothes washing we chatted to the camp hosts from the Department of Parks and Wildlife about the bush walking trails around Mt Augutus and then decided to go out to Goolinee (Cattle Pool) to do the easy Corella Trail walk along the river, and to watch the sunset from there as it had been recommended as great viewing. It sounded like a relaxing way to end our day.
Taking photos of wildflowers is always a major part of my travels. It is amazing that wildflowers can bloom in this hot arid rocky landscape where summer temperatures are well over 40 degrees Celsius.
These pink flowers below are all members of the Mulla Mulla family. They are my favourite Pilbara wildflowers - when I see them I know I am in the Pilbara. Here they are flowering at the base of Mt Augustus.
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to Mt Augustus and a look at some of the local wildflowers. I will be back next week when I will write about camping and bush walking in Mt Augustus National Park. But I can't leave without showing you that sunset view from Goolinee (Cattle Pool). What a wonderful way to end a hot and dusty day on the road.
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