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Mount Brown Lookout

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by Olive Butler (subscribe)
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Published July 11th 2021
The Mount Brown lookout provides an amazing view of York and the surrounding bushland. The lookout is accessible either on foot or by car.

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The views from Mount Brown Lookout


The Aboriginal name for Mount Brown is Wongberl and the legend attached to it is connected to another mountain known as Mount Bakewell or Walwalling. The legend goes that there was a handsome man by the name of Wundig who fell in love with a girl named Wilura. However, their law forbids their relationship due to their family groupings. The pair decided to ignore this and they eloped. When the valley people discovered Wilura was missing they went to the hill people (Wundig's family) and demanded that she be returned. The hill people claimed that they did not know where she was but the valley people didn't believe this and war was declared. The valley people were not faring well in this battle and called on their Murburum (wise man) for help. He turned all the hill men into grass tree bushes. To this day you can still see these bushes standing still. The Marburum then turned his powers to the young couple who had caused this bloodshed and cursed them. They were found dead and it is said that Wundigs spirit was sent to Mount Bakewell and Wilura's spirit was sent to Mount Brown. Never to meet again until the mountains crumble together.

Despite the sad backstory of the mountain, it proves to provide a tranquil moment of peace with its lush surroundings and soaring view of York.

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Looking up from the base


There are picnic benches and a barbeque located to the right of the lookout.
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Why? Amazing views of York
When: 24 hours
Where: York, WA, 6302
Cost: free
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