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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.
An easy one kilometre return walk, the Saddle Trail meanders gently upwaRoads for a short distance to a saddle where you get two views in different directions.
The stony path climbs gently to a cleft between two outcrops and is a good place for views. Located on the north west flank of Mount Augustus, the view to the west is over a natural basin known as The Pound. Early pastoralists took advantage of this geographical feature to hold cattle before undertaking the difficult 12 day journey to Meekatharra. Once at trails end you can get views towaRoads the north over Lyons River Valley.
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 Pound Road off Mount Augustus Road, Mount Augustus National Park, 1100km (16 hours) north of Perth
End Point: End of Pound Road off Mount Augustus Road, Mount Augustus National Park, 1100km (16 hours) north of Perth
Region: Mount Augustus National Park, Golden Outback
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