About this park
Marvel at the sheer scale and fascinating ancient geology of Mount Augustus on a 49km 2WD friendly Loop Trail, which allows access to all places within the park including Aboriginal rock engravings (petroglyphs), gorges and open plains.
You might be lucky enough to see wildlife including bungarras (goannas), perenties, euros and birds of prey - particularly at dawn and dusk. With the landscape ablaze with vibrant hues, your selfies will never look better.
Choose from the many walks on offer from a saunter through shady groves of gnarly white-barked river red gums. In cooler months, fit and appropriately equipped experienced bushwalkers take on the challenging climb to the summit to soak up the views.
Take a refreshing dip or unload the canoe at Cattle Pool – a natural permanent pool bustling with birdlife including blue-winged kookaburras and sacred kingfishers.
Review - Simply Stunning
This is one of those places I had been wanting to go to for a long time and I was not disappointed. The fact that is it a long way away from anywhere adds to its allure. The remoteness of the location is awe inspiring. KeithMac – Trip Advisor
Plan when to visit. Read this safety information about hiking at Mount Augustus, bushwalking and paddling. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
The risks from exposure and dehydration are significant in this area. During the hotter months (September to April) these risks are extreme and temperatures can often exceed 40°C. Radiant heat from the rocks can increase the temperature by 5-10 degrees celsius. Prepare well for your hike:
- Avoid hiking in hot weather – hike in the cooler months May to August. Hike in the coolest times of day and remember your return journey will be hotter.
- Be prepared – tell a trusted and responsible person of your plans using this form and provide sufficient detail to them so they can get help if required. Ask them to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned and/or contacted them by the agreed time.
- Hike in groups – of three or more experienced hikers to allow for emergencies.
- Stay on the trail – follow trail markers.
- Drink water regularly – carry and drink at least 1 litre of water per person per hour and more in hotter weather. There is no drinking water in the park.
- Wear a broad brimmed hat, loose long-sleeved clothing, sturdy footwear and sunscreen – to minimise heat stress, sunburn and injury from rugged terrain.
- Carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) – or satellite phone and a first aid kit, these could save your life. Mobile phone coverage is extremely limited.
- Weather – take note of the weather before you leave and be prepared for unexpected weather changes.
- Take care – only walk as fast as your slowest group member and watch out for their wellbeing. Stop frequently to let them catch up and rest.
If attempting the Summit Trail:
- Spend a few days hiking shorter trails – before considering longer hikes and then gauge your ability to tackle the very challenging Summit Trail hike requiring a high level of fitness and preparation.
- Start the Summit Trail hike no later than 30 minutes after sunrise.
- Heat stress can kill – people have died attempting this trail in hot conditions.
- If you can’t carry at least 6 litres of water per person – do not attempt this hike.
- There is no rescue helicopter in this region – frequent rescues on this trail put other lives at risk.
- It’s hard work going up – it’s even harder coming back down.
There are a range of trails of varying degrees of length and difficulty. Spend a few days doing shorter hikes before considering the longer and much more difficult trails. All trails in the park are essentially unmodified, often steep and with limited directional signage on the difficult trails. Hikers should download the Mount Augustus National Park Burringurrah visitor guide and visit Trails WA for more information on each trail.
The following walking trail classifications apply to Mount Augustus hikes. Please respect the Wajarri Traditional Owner’s request that visitors do not walk the mount at night for reasons of safety and heritage protection.
Moderate hiking trail with clear directional signage. May include minor natural hazards such as short, steep sections, steps, and unstable or slippery surfaces. An average level of fitness is needed.
Extremely difficult, rough, unformed trail with very difficult sections and limited directional marking. You will encounter natural hazards such as long, steep sections, rock scrambles, and frequent unstable or slippery surfaces. Only for self-reliant, very experienced bushwalkers with a high level of fitness.
Canoeing and kayaking
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded in Mount Augustus National Park.
We recognise and acknowledge Wajarri people as the traditional owners of Mount Augustus National Park.