National park tragedy: Three hikers die at Mount Augustus in past three days

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Mt Augustus from Emu Hill Lookout.
Camera IconMt Augustus from Emu Hill Lookout. Credit: Christine Walsh/WA News

Tragedy has struck the remote area of Mount Augustus where three hikers have died in as many days while visiting the national park in the Upper Gascoyne.

Police said the bodies of two people, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, were found today on a trail.

The deaths follow a similar occurrence earlier this week, when a 53-year-old woman passed away while visiting the park on Monday, September 14.

A WA Police spokesperson said the three deaths were not related, other than by location.

“None of the deaths are deemed suspicious,” the spokesperson said.

“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths have commenced and reports will be prepared for the Coroner.”

The body of the elderly man was discovered at 7.30am today by walkers on the 45 minute trail to the summit of Mount Augustus.

A major search was then launched in the area after inquiries revealed he was travelling with a woman.

Her body was found five hours later.

The spokesperson said the park was a remote location in Western Australia and temperatures reached 40 degrees at this time of the year.

“Anyone who considers travelling to these remote areas are urged to consider their physical condition,” the spokesperson said.

The park has been closed while recovery operations are under way.

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