Elachbutting Rock in the North East Wheat Belt is a huge granite monolith surrounded by a beautiful woodland nature reserve. The rock has many interesting features to explore, panoramic views from up on top, and a basic campsite.
One of the highlights of a visit to Elachbutting Rock is walking through Monty’s Pass, a tunnel-cave that runs alongside the rock for about 30 or 40 metres.
The tunnel was formed by a rock slide where a huge chunk of Elachbutting Rock’s outer layer sheared off the side of the rock, possibly during an earthquake.
Inside the tunnel you can clearly see the crystals of the granite. The tunnel may have formed many years ago, but the broken face of the rock is still fresh and clean. Unlike on the outside it doesn’t get lichen growing on it or water running down leaching out coloured minerals and leaving traces of dust.
Finding Monty’s Pass
Monty’s Pass is easy to find. Park you car in the clearing on the western side of the rock, near where you first drive into the nature reserve. Walk along a short bush track to the face of the rock. Signs point in the direction of The Wave and Monty’s Pass.
Monty’s Pass is located to the left of the wave feature, so turn left once you reach the face of the rock and you’ll soon see it.
Last Updated: 25th September, 2014.
First posted on 29th July, 2014 by Bonny.
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