The ‘Back Way’ into Mt Augustus

The Ashburton Down-Meekatharra Road and then the Pingandy Road gives access to Mt Augustus from the north.

The turnoff from the Nanutarra-Wittenoom Road onto the Ashburton Downs Road is about 80 kilometre south-west of Tom Price.

On a previous trip in 2014 this road was closed from flooding.

We stopped for lunch at a playa a few kilometres from the Ashburton River.

It was to be a race to get to Mount Augustus before daylight left us. The Ashburton-Meekatharra Road and the Pingandy-Mount Augustus Road both had reputations for being harsh on tyres. In our case, totally untrue.

The track was interesting and demanded all of one’s attention even without the added difficulty of driving into a setting sun. Dips, gutters, twists, turns, bends and a slippery surface all made for a great drive that would have been so much better in daylight.

Scott was at the rear of the convoy and took the opportunity to stop at the abandoned Pingandy homestead/outstation.

On arrival at the caravan park we were allocated sites in the scrub on the edge of caravan park.  May as well have set up camp in the bush an hour earlier.

But the showers were appreciated.


© Kim Epton 2017-2024
300 words, 12 photographs.

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