We left Exmouth and the coast and the school holidays makers and headed back “outback” via the “Wool Wagon pathway” and Kingsford-Smith Mail run. There was a time when sheep’s wool was carted along these remote outback roads to the coast to be sent to England. This route goes from Geraldton to Exmouth but inland on remote dirt roads with very little traffic on them. Our first day out we lowered our tyre pressure again and hit the dirt and saw only one vehicle all day. It was such a quiet road, we just stopped on the side of the road and free camped where we had nice views over the plains. M
This is not the time of year to head outback and we knew it would be hot but also a bit quieter over the school holidays. We were also heading to Mt Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges. M
Most people only know Charles Kingsford-Smith as an aviator. He was also a transport pioneer who did the mail run from Carnarvon to Meekatharra via Gascoyne Junction and he was a bit of a character. Part of our route followed his old route.
The reason we were out here in the first place was to climb Mt Augustus. Mt Augustus is an “inselberg” or island mountain. It is 2 and a half times bigger than Uluru- Ayers Rock and it is the supposedly the world’s biggest rock! With these stats we just had to climb it.