Butchers Track starts on the North West Coastal Highway, 20 kilometres north of Billabong Roadhouse and runs generally eastward to the Carnarvon Mullewa Road, 11 kilometres north of Murchison Settlement, a distance of 144 kilometres.
The turnoff from NWCH is at 26°38’28.32″S 114°32’57.08″E and is well signposted. The turnoff from the Carnarvon Mullewa Road is at 26°47’13.22″S 115°55’19.58″E and is also well signposted.
The condition of the Track depends on when it was last graded, however, it is always suitable to all vehicles unless affected by rainfall.
The track winds its way past interesting mesa formations and red soil dunes. Acacias are ubiquitous but look carefully and you will see hakeas, mallee eucalypts and native cypress trees. The likelihood of seeing wildlife is largely dependent of the presence of groundwater. Any kangaroos spotted will more than likely be the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) not the Western Grey (Macropus fuliginosus) found further south.
For all but 19 kilometres at its western end and 12 kilometres at its eastern end, Butchers Track is in the Toolonga Nature Reserve and an excised portion of Muggon Station bought back by the government.
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Butchers Track is fortuitously used to access Murchison and points north when the southern section of the Carnarvon Mullewa Road is closed from heavy rains or flooding.
© Kim Epton 2016-2019
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