Elachbutting Rock – a Wheatbelt Wonder

Elachbutting Rock is the most impressive of all the huge granite outcrops in the Wheatbelt.

It is a large granite monolith that sits in the middle of a pristine nature reserve on the edge of the Wheatbelt, 70 kilometres north-east of Mukinbudin.

Naming of the Rock

The official name for this rock was provided by Surveyor H.S. King in 1889.  Of aboriginal derivation its meaning is unknown although ‘that thing standing’ is a possibility.  Explorer B.D. Clarkson named it Mount Bucket during his exploration of the area in 1864.  – quite possibly a lazy interpretation of the aboriginal name for the feature. Clarkson’s name for the rock didn’t survive and the current difficult-to-pronounce name (one of several English spelling renderings of it) is totally non-marketable for a feature that should be better known.

Compare with Wave Rock – where the savvy marketers in the south-east wheatbelt town of Hyden rejigged the bland ‘Hyden Rock’ to a much more marketable description of what is now a great tourist attraction. And latterly, a crappy salt lake common to the Wheatlbelt as ‘Lake Magic’. Maybe some local interest group around Mukinbudin or Westonia will recognise the tourist potential of Elachbutting and nearby granite outcrops, apply more marketable names, and reap the rewards of increased visitation to the area.

Montys Pass

One of the features of Elachbutting is Montys Pass, where a huge chunk of the rock’s outer layer has dislodged and slid down, leaving a 30 metre walk-through tunnel between the rock and the dislodged chunk.

At the end of this is Kings Cave, which in reality is a large tafone. Many granite outcrops (inselbergs or monadnocks) have tafoni.  Uluru and Kata Tjutu are well known examples.

Fifty metres to the south of Montys Pass is a wave formation that, while it does not quite rival Wave Rockis still impressive. 

The lookout on top of the rock is accessible by 4WD and provides fantastic views across farming land.

There are many great camping spots at the rock.

 

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