A German tourist is missing while hiking in Australia’s Mount Augustus National park. It is considered one of the most amazing isolation peaks in the world, rising 717m above a stony, red sandplain of arid shrubland and visible from the air for more than 160km.

The Website says the return to the top of the mountain and the back seat is well posted and it takes a full day to complete. Including swimming hols, picnic spots in various, nearby drive trails, walking the trail, lookout also in the vicinity.

An AMSA rescue jet was deployed overnight and on Sunday morning in two unsuccessful air searches for the man.

Karratha Police Air Wing and SES investigation crews from Karratha have now been deployed to assist the search party, while additional personnel was being flown in from Perth to assist police from Burringurrah, Carnarvon, Geraldton, and Meekatharra try to find the man.

Trails famous for hiking were in the middle of the Great Northern and Northwestern coastal highways. Mount Augustus National Park, about 850km north of Perth.

Mount Augustus is famed as Burringurrah to the local Wajarri Aboriginal people. The park was gazetted on 22 September 1989 and is made up of former parts of Mount Augustus and Cobra Stations.

During 1999-2000, the State buy nearby pastoral leases Cobra and Waldburg and part leases of Mount Philip and Dalgety Downs intending to mean the total area- including the national park- for conservation. The whole area is now 607, 603ha.

Take the 49km Loop Drive around the sandstone inselberg. Access rocky creeks and gorges, open plains, view Aboriginal rock engravings (petroglyphs) and encounter a variety of wildlife.


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