Trip Start Apr 25, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, July 19, 2009

After dropping the caravan at a holding compound we backtracked an hour and were on the road to the Bungle Bungles!!  Well the four wheel drive road in couldn't have been any worse with corrugations the full way, twist, turns ups, downs and creek crossings but hey all part of the experience! James loved it, thought he was in the Paris to Dakar rally!!

The Bungle Bungles or Purnululu,( the original Aboriginal name), for those who don't know much about them, is a massive rock mass laid down about 360 million years ago. Over millions of years the rivers deposited more sediment turning them into what we know today. The beehive shaped domes soar more than 250 metres into the air and form an intricate maze of rusty red rocks.

We arrived and got the tent set up, had a quick lunch and then shot off to the Echidna Chasm. The best time for this is mid day for the sunlight coming into the chasm.

The chasm is a  two kilometre return walk along a dried creek bed into a narrow chasm, which changes into spectacular colour  variations depending on the angle of the sun.

Leah had decided for some reason that she was not going to walk without a grumble the whole road in and out! Bribery was needed the full way! It was a great walk and well worth the effort.

Back at camp and really quite tired from our early start, bumpy ride in and our walk, we had a quick scare the neighbours shower ( solar shower and no shower tent as we can't pack it down very well)

Pasta, warm clothes and an early night for all!!

God i hate sleeping in a tent!  We were up at six thirty and still very cold we had our breaky and headed off for another 27 km of lovely road to the other side of the National park where we were going to do Cathedral Gorge.  This was more like it, this was what we had saw on T.V and in photographs and you got to see the real beehive shapes of the Bungles!

Cathedral Gorge is along a sandy creek bed and Leah had her shoes off at the first chance she could and after the day before, she could do what she wanted as long as she wasn't moaning!

We got to see it all here, the striped sandstone beehives, creek beds, pot holes and all opening up to a huge amphitheatre. As we were so early we got the last part, the amphitheatre, all to ourselves for quite a while before all the other tourists caught up with us.

From Cathedral Gorge we went on to do Piccaninny Creek, with both kids now in bare feet and loving it ( thank goodness) we headed up the massive creek bed and walked round to the lookout, the bungle range here was fab! It was midday by then and we were all ready to sit down and have some lunch, we headed back to the car and went back to camp.

The last part of our experience was to catch the sunset from Kungkalahayi look out, with it's 360 - degree views and catch the sunset against the limestone ridge as it blazes in reds and yellows. A perfect ending to our great bungle experience! 

With the kids desperate to light a fire, we had good old sausages for dinner and once the kids in bed, we sat around with fellow campers who all compared how expensive their flights over the bungles cost!  Some were $ 250 each to a staggering $ 750 each!

We were up at 5.30 am due to some inconsiderate neighbours and packed up and in the car by 7.45 and off down the Paris to Dakar road once again!

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