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Kotka Gorge Trail, Warrarla, Mt Augustus NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2.7 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 5

Kotka Gorge Trail is a difficult hike which leads on from the edge of the shady Gum Grove Trail to the Kotka Gorge entrance that provides views of the east. The rough unformed trail involves steep rises and scrambling over rocks and is only for very fit and experienced bushwalker.

Earn 3 Points Gorges

Trail Start

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End of Kotka Gorge Road opposite Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park

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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 upwards. 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.

Denham (Shark Bay) Parks and Wildlife Office

(08) 9943 2226

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  • Explore Parks

    Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

  • Mt Augustus Tourist Park

    Mount Augustus Tourist Park is a friendly caravan park with unit accommodation and camping grounds, with hot showers, laundry and a BBQ campers' kitchen for self catering.

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Time / Duration

2 hours return


2.7km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

End of Kotka Gorge Road opposite Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 5

Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Difficulty Notes

Rock scrambling required

Hazards & Warnings

Rock fall danger beyond end of trail.

Undercut cliff edges.

Loose rocks and unstable surfaces.

Extreme heat that can exceed 40 degrees in summer.


For your safety it is recommended that you read the safety information provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.


Accommodation ranging from camping to donga style rooms are available at Mount Augustus Tourist Park.
  • Car Park

Best time of year

May to August

Trail Access

4WD, Mainly unsealed roads. Roads may be closed after heavy rain. Check conditions before travelling. Carry ample fuel, water and supplies to cope with all possible occurrences - see Group D list.

Prohibited Items

No camping or open fires in National Park or Pastoral Lease. No pets

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