Elephant Rock / Sleeping Buddha

Large, striking rock, ever-present on the banks of the famous Ord River


Large rock formation on the edge of town, officially known as Carlton Ridge but nicknamed locally either Elephant Rock or The Sleeping Buddha due to its shape and size.

To look at it as Sleeping Buddha from the side, the best view is from Celebrity Tree Park in town. Looking at it from one end it resembles an elephant's head and this can be seen from Packsaddle Road or by travelling on the upper Ord River towards Lake Argyle.

You can get some great views of the town and the river by climbing the rock, allowing for some fantastic photos. Otherwise it is equally as impressive from the Ord River, where the glassy water will allow for some excellent reflection shots!