Lying at the junction of the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers, Gascoyne Junction is a small administration centre for the pastoral industry. Sheep stations in the area, ranging in size from around 36 000 to 400 000 hectares, produce a wool clip exceeding 1.5 million kilograms annually. Devastating floods destroyed much of the town in December 2010, and the town still lacks many facilities as it slowly rebuilds.
Shire offices, 4 Scott St; (08) 9943 0988
Nearby national parks
Kennedy Range National Park Along with spectacular scenery, the park is home to fossils of the earliest known species of banksia in Australia, and marine fossils that reflect the history of the region as an ocean bed. Ideal for sightseeing, hiking and bush camping, trails start from the camping area and pass through gorges where you can see honeycomb-like rock formations. 60 km N.
Mt Augustus National Park Mt Augustus is the world's largest monolith, twice the size of Uluru. It is also known as Burringurrah, named after a boy who, in Aboriginal legend, broke tribal law by running away from his initiation. On capture, he was speared in the upper right leg. The spear broke as the boy fell to the ground, leaving a section protruding from his leg. It is said that, as you look at Mt Augustus, you can see the shape of the boy's body with the stump of the spear being the small peak at the eastern end called Edney's Lookout. There are several walking and driving trails; maps available from visitor centre. 294 km NE; see Carnarvon.
Campsites around town
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
What's on around town
Bush Races: Aug and Sept.
Gascoyne Dash: cross-country endurance; Oct.