Date: Sunday 4th November 18
Title: The Road to the Rock
Presenter: Rebecca Johns
Rebecca takes to the road in our Golden Outback and travels the road to the largest rock in the world, Mt Augustus and the drive there features some truly stunning locations.
- Our journey starts 430km north of Perth in the town of Paynes Find which has a rich goldmining history and is home to the only operational gold battery in WA.
- Paynes find is the starting point for a road trip known as the Miner’s Pathway, which trip takes in a number of towns and landscapes showcasing the mining and pastoral history of the Gascoyne/Murchison region.
- Along the side of the road you’ll find a number of interpretive signs which teach you all about the regions natural, indigenous and historic secrets.
- Known as the hub of the region our next stop Mt Magnet is full of remnants of its mining heritage. There are various old buildings and museums and is also the home base year-round to prospectors on the hunt for gold.
- A short, 5-minute drive from Mt Magnet takes you to the Granites. Scattered amongst the amazing boulders you’ll find Aboriginal art dating back more than 9000 years, it is incredibly easy to spend hours here taking in the history and art.
- The town of Cue is known as the Queen of the Murchison and is scattered with grand heritage buildings dating back to the gold rush era of the late 1890s, with some of the buildings still being used for their original purpose.
- The drive through to the Mt Augustus National Park will take around 4 hours from Cue with an unsealed road from Meekathara, so a four-wheel drive is recommended.
- At 8km long Mt Augustus covers an area of almost 5000 hectares, making it twice the size of Uluru.
- The best time of year to travel here is between March and November and Mt Augustus Tourist Park is situated at the base of the rock and is a great place to plan to stay on your trip.