Gnamma Holes, WA

by Jonas

Gnamma Holes, WA tourist attraction

I remember visiting as a kid in 1983 or so. We had to walk a way to get there...and I remember being really excited about what a "Gnamma Hole" was.

When it finally revealed itself it was just a small, muddy hole in the ground, nothing special about it at all.

Totally embarrassing this thing was on the map as a tourist attraction!

Ha Ha! Jonas, that's the spirit - that is exactly the kind of really mad tourist attraction that we seem to have here in Australia.

When I read this entry, I had no idea what Gnamma Holes were - so of course I goggled it and found out after quite a bit of searching that there are in fact many Gnamma Holes around, especially in WA and were used by the indigenous people as watering holes as they are usually naturally forming pits found in the rocks.

Odd that the one you saw was muddy, but maybe you saw it after there had been significant rains. They apparently were useful to the native locals as the water lasted after the rains as a source for them to water themselves and of course for the animals around.

It's interesting that there isn't very much about them on the internet, but from what you say, certainly not worthy of a detour to see one!

I went to WA in 1989, and always wondered if I missed out not making it to Wave Rock, but figured it was right in the middle of nowhere. Did you get there on your travels? And if so, was it worth it? Love to know.

Thank you so much for sharing your Gnamma Holes experience - that was a classic! Made me smile knowing I am obviously not the only one who thinks some of the things we think are tourist attractions in Australia are really not that interesting!

You don't have any photos do you? Love to see if you have.


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Aug 05, 2012
Gnamma Wonder of the World!
by: Anonymous

Hahahahah! Nice one bro. Oh what sweet memories of the Gnamma Hole indeed! There is that great photo of us all standing around it with our hands in the air. Mum must have it. Get it. Immediately! The world must know! :)

Aug 05, 2012
Gnamma Holes & Wave Rock
by: Anonymous

Hi Annie,

Actually I might have a photo, I'll see if I can dig it out. I lived in WA for several years and did indeed visit Wave Rock, to be sure it is in a different league to the Gnamma Holes, and well worth a visit if you find yourself back in the vicinity!

Best wishes,

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