Adventure into Western Australia’s rugged outback.
Through the heart of WA, there’s a self-drive adventure like few others in the world.. Wind your way 1000km north of Perth and you’ll find yourself face to face with Mount Augustus, the world’s biggest rock. An epic road trip best done over nine days to give you maximum enjoyment of the amazing sights along the way, it begins as you strike out from Perth toward Mount Magnet, via rolling canola fields, tiny outback towns and heaps of Aussie charisma.
Next you’ll hit Cue and its surrounding natural attractions like The Granites – a striking set of rocky outcrops reaching 15m high that are home to Aboriginal rock art dating back 9000 years. A site of great cultural significance to the Badimia people, it’s especially beautiful at sunrise, when you’re most likely to spot a shy kangaroo amongst the boulders.
Your next highlight comes in the familiar form of Walga Rock; at nearly two kilometres in length, it’s amazingly similar to Uluru, and is Australia’s second-largest monolith after its more famous cousin. A site of significance for the Wadjari people, the rock hides an ancient gallery of Aboriginal rock paintings – the largest in WA.
The main attraction on the Road to the Rock is, of course, Mount Augustus itself. At 1700 million years old, it’s three times older than Uluru and twice its size. You can hike to its peak, enjoy the many walk trails around the base or swim in the cooling waters of nearby Cattle Pool. On the way back to Perth, be sure to check out the Kennedy Range National Park. If it’s spring, prepare your camera: the road here tracks west towards the coastline, and as you traverse the continent, its famous wildflowers begin appearing in thick clumps, sometimes even scattered in carpets of yellow, white, purple and red.
Coalseam Conservation Park
To see more of the famous wildflower carpets, stop in at Coalseam Conservation Park, a sheltered valley whose mineral-rich soils have created ideal conditions for the area’s native everlastings, which bloom here in carpets so thickly knotted it’s nigh on impossible to see the ground beneath.