Storm, Wiluna, Western Australia – by Ann Jones

This soundscape was recorded by Ann Jones — host of ABC nature podcast Off Track ( while on the road in Wiluna, Western Australia. 

“Wiluna is a town on the Traditional lands of the Martu people in Western Australia. It’s on gorgeous arid country, about 960km east of Perth.
After days of dry heat in excess of 40, it was late afternoon when a huge storm rolled in. Nowhere has storms like the desert, where the hot air rises off the ground to meet the clouds with huge rumbles and rolls that expand across the whole horizon.

The rain continued on and off all night and into the next day when I got up in the morning to smell the wet sands and concrete of the town. Each burst of rain was greeted by bird song throughout the sunrise, and as the human occupants of the town slowly woke up.” 

For more soundscapes like this, check out the ABC series NATURE TRACK — available as a YouTube playlist ( or in the Off Track podcast feed.