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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.
Kotka Gorge Trail is a two kilometre return walk which leads on from the Gum Grove Trail to the main opening of the Gorge. The trail ends here with views to the east of Mount Augustus.
This trail commences at the end of Gum Grove Trail. The walk starts along a dry rocky creek bed. It then leaves the creekline and climbs upwaRoads. There is a variety of rugged terrain and plenty of Birds to see along the way. Then you hit the main opening of Kotka Gorge where the trail ends. Go beyond that point and you enter the gorge, which is not recommended as it is prone to rock falls. It will possibly take up to two hours to complete this walk due to the rocky, steep in parts, terrain. It is vital to take plenty of drinking water, even in cooler winter months.
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: End of Kotka Gorge Road opposite Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park
End Point: End of Kotka Gorge Road opposite Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park
Region: Mount Augustus National Park, Golden Outback
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