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The risks from exposure and dehydration are significant in this area. During the hotter months (at least September – March) these risks are extreme. Temperatures often exceed 40°C.
The one kilometre return Gum Grove Trail or Warrarla is an easy Grade 3 walk in Mount Augustus National Park. Its main point of interest is an expansive grove of mature river red gums which attract the Birdlife.
Where ever you find lots of river red gums, you find water or at least a dry creek bed. River gums host a wide variety of Birdlife, including various finches, corellas and Birds of prey. Linger for a while under a shady tree and take in nature. Most able bodied people should be able to complete this trail without too much effort. The well marked trail ends where Kotka Gorge Trail starts. This provides a bigger challenge.
About the region
Rising 715m above the surrounding alluvial plain, Mount Augustus is an inselberg, meaning ‘island mountain’. There are rocky creeks, gorges and open plains supporting a variety of vegetation and wildlife. Mount Augustus is known as Burringurrah to the local Wajarri Aboriginal people. The park was gazetted on 22 September 1989 and is made up of former parts of Mount Augustus and Cobra Stations.
During 1999-2000, the State purchased nearby pastoral leases Cobra and Waldburg and part leases of Mount Philip and Dalgety Downs with the aim of managing the whole area – including the national park – for conservation. The total area is now 607,603 hectares.
Start Point: Kokta Gorge Car Park, opposite the Mount Augustus Tourist Park road. 1100km (16 hours) north of Perth
End Point: Kokta Gorge Car Park, opposite the Mount Augustus Tourist Park road. 1100km (16 hours) north of Perth
Region: Mount Augustus National Park, Golden Outback
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