Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

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WHAT’S ON Under Gascoyne Stars Festival — 20-30 April 2023 Gascoyne Dash — April 2023 Gascoyne in May — May 2023 Junction Races — Aug 2023 Australia Biggest BBQ — Sept 2023 Gascoyne Food Festival in the Dark Sky Destination / Two Rivers Memorial Park / Gascoyne Junction Museum, Gascoyne Junction War Memorial / The Waterhole WILDFLOWERS TO DISCOVER Eremophila / Flannel Bush / Mulla Mulla / Native Cornflower / Everlastings Junction — Sept 2023 TOP ATTRACTIONS

Mount Augustus National Park

Start your wander outback in ‘the Junction’ where the Lyons and Gascoyne Rivers meet and stock routes of the past overlap at the gateway to the incredible Kennedy Range National Park (50km N of The Junction) and otherworldly Mount Augustus National Park (300km NE of The Junction). Using Gascoyne Junction as your base, explore our iconic national parks, take epic road trips and unwind at our spectacular waterholes and rivers. Discover some of our world-renowned options… are driving through a set of Derwent pencils. Epic road trips are inevitable in both 2WD and 4WD vehicles. GASCOYNE JUNCTION 1069km north of Perth Burringurrah Almost twice the size of Uluru, Mt Augustus is the biggest rock in the world. Rising spectacularly over the surrounding plain and at 715m, it is visible from kilometres away. Interesting rock formations, caves and Aboriginal Gascoyne invite you to take a wander outback: to experience the rivers, the rock, ranges, and the real outback found in their backyard. With 57,809 square km of outback to share, you will find the space and tranquillity you have been looking for with the beauty of nature as a backdrop. The roads are less travelled than most with around 1,800 kilometres of unsealed road traversing ever-changing landscapes, with colours that make you feel like you Mt Augustus National Park – T he residents of the Upper

engravings are found on many parts of the rock that have been untouched for thousands of years. Camping is not permitted within the national park however Mount Augustus Tourist Park is the perfect place to call home located on a working station sitting at the rock’s base. Mundatharrda Kennedy Range National Park offers spectacular scenery of gorges and precipitous faces, with a vast plateau of ancient dune fields on top of the range. Just 50km north of Gascoyne Junction, the area retains a wilderness feeling with camping beneath the sandstone cliffs available within the National Park. Artefacts found in the park provide evidence of the long history Aboriginal people have with the area. The developed visitor sites on the eastern side of the range can be reached by 2WD. Road Trips Road trip the 49km Burringurrah Drive circuit for excellent views of Mt Augustus’ changing faces. For excellent vantage points of the Kennedy Range, road trip its loop track. This extreme 4WD-only track provides access to the remote western side of Kennedy Range before crossing over the range top to enjoy the more accessible eastern side. This 270km circuit from Gascoyne Junction will take a minimum of one and a half days to complete. Or hop in the car and embark upon a self-drive trail to see the sights. Wool Wagon Pathway Road Trip and Kingsford Smith Mail Run Road Trip are two top options. Kennedy Range National Park /

GASCOYNE JUNCTIONVISITOR INFORMATIONCENTRE 4 Scott Street, Gascoyne Junction (08) 9943 0988 visitorcentre@uppergascoyne. tourism.aspx


Honeycomb Gorge, Kennedy Range National Park

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