Bird life is abundant in the region. Over 270 species of birds exist in the Carnarvon basin and of these, 162 species are known to breed in the area. Waterways are ideal locations to experience the harmonious sounds and colourful sights of hundreds of birds. Finches, Native Pigeons, Pink and Grey Galahs, Parrots and Swans are sighted in the plenty.
The Outback allows you to witness the spectacular sight of a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring above the mulga shrub. More rare sightings might include that of the Mallee Fowl - once plentiful the species is now classed as 'vulnerable' and to spot one is an experience to be cherished. So, keep an eye out for the huge mounds of earth that they engineer to incubate their eggs.
The Lake Nallan nature reserve is a bird watchers favourite.
Aboriginal people first revealed the location of the Milly Soak, which became an important local water supply. Water was carted from the soak for 2 shillings a gallon. In the 1890s a tent hospital was established near the soak. C1895 the Water Supply Department sank a well. The site has also been a popular place for picnics. The cemetery contains the graves of three men who died during a typhoid epidemic in 1893.
You've never seen the stars shine as brightly as they do in the Gascoyne Murchison. Due to the clear night skies typical of the area the Murchison region has been chosen as the location for the world's largest telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Australia will share the project with South Africa and the construction of the telescope will help researchers and astronomers answer fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe. The Gascoyne Murchison region was chosen, among other reasons, due to the low levels of radio frequency interference and the long term sustainability of the region as a radio quiet zone.
The rocks in the region are amongst the oldest rocks in the world at over 2.7 billion years old. A wonderful feeling of timelessness is often felt by visitors as they travel through this vast landscape. As you drive the Outback Pathways you will be struck by the amazing rock formations the area entails; rich red breakaway ranges and impressive granite boulders dot the vast fields of shrub land. One of the most prominent of the Murchison's ancient rocks is Greenstone which forms winding ranges and hills throughout the Gascoyne Murchison Region. Granite is the most abundant rock type and most of the granites in the area range in age from 2.6 billion to almost 3 billion years old
The area is part of West Australia's internationally renowned region for spectacular wildflowers. If the region experiences substantial winter rains the red outback landscape is transformed into a colourful blanket of bloom; a sight so beautiful and atypical of the dry outback you have to see to believe. Peak wildflower season is dependent on the timing and abundance of seasonal rains but generally the best time to visit for wildflowers is from July to August.