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About The Summit Trail, Beedoboondu, Mt Augustus NP
Twice as high as Uluru (Ayers Rock) the experienced walker will be rewarded with extensive views over the surrounding plain to the distant ranges.
The Summit Trail is a demanding walk, and it is important that you are well prepared and understand the risks. Please read the ‘Safety Information’ section for Mount Augustus on the Parks and Wildlife Service website before your walk.
This trail is a more direct and popular route to the summit. It is still a difficult hike and should only be considered by prepared and experienced hikers. The 650 metre climb to the top of the inselberg provides extensive views over the vast surrounding plain and drainage basin to distant ranges. An early start, no later than 7am, is recommended and please advise someone reliable of your plans. Rescues put other lives at risk and can take time as there is no rescue helicopter in this region. It’s hard work going up, it’s even harder coming back down.
The return walk to the top of the mount and back takes a full day to complete. Spend a few days hiking shorter trails before considering longer hikes then gauge your ability to tackle the very challenging Summit Trail hike requiring a high level of fitness and preparation. For the less-hardy soul there are a variety of easier walk trails, drive trails, lookouts, swimming holes and picnic spots.
The Summit Trail is:
- Open: May - August
- Closed after 7am: September, October, March and April. Start your hike before 7am in these months
- Closed: November to February
Located in the Mount Augustus National Park, Mount Augustus, or Burringurrah as it is known by the local Wadjari Aboriginal people, is about midway between the Great Northern and North West Coastal highways. One of the most spectacular solitary peaks in the world, it rises 717 metres above a stony, red sandplain of arid shrubland - dominated by wattles, cassias and eremophilas - and is clearly visible from the air for more than 160 kilometres. The rock itself, which culminates in a small peak on a plateau, is an area of 4,795 hectares.
During dawn and dusk, its colour changes almost minute by minute from deep indigo to bright pink, orange or red and occasionally green, reflecting the mood of the rock and the spirits living there.
Roads may be closed or substantially damaged after heavy rain. Details about road conditions can be obtained from the Shire of Upper Gascoyne (08) 9943 0988 and the Shire of Meekatharra (08) 9981 1002. Scenic flights from Shark Bay to Mount Augustus are available from Shark Bay Air Charter.
Camping and accommodation is available at the Mt Augustus Tourist Park (08) 9943 0527.
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Time / Duration
Flintstone – Beedoboondu car park, Mount Augustus National Park, 1100km (16 hours) north of Perth
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.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & Warnings
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.
FacilitiesAccommodation ranging from camping to donga style rooms are available at Mount Augustus Tourist Park.
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
Best time of year
May to August
2WD via gravel roads. Check road conditions with the local shire before travelling.
No camping or open fires in National Park or Pastoral Lease. No pets allowed
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Summit Trail climb
Colours of flower season
View of Mount Augustus from Emu Hill lookout
Start of trail
River red gums at the beginning of the Summit Trail
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