East Kimberley - Bungle Bungles

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Purnululu National Park is 304 kms from Kununurra, and covers 239,723 hectares. The Bungle Bungle Range covers 45,000 hectares was World Heritage listed in 2003. It is renowned for its striking beehive-shaped banded domes. The sandstone was deposited about 360 million years ago, and the erosion caused by creeks and rivers over the past 20 million years has carved out these domes, along with spectacular chasms and gorges, creating a surreal landscape. I never thought I would one day be walking around these amazing domes, and it was just the most breathtaking place. The sheer size of the domes, their striking colours set against the vivid blue sky, and the sheer number of them, was a sight I will never forget.

We also drove to Echidna Chasm, which is a 200 metre chasm with the most stunning colours. We walked along a creek bed to reach it, which involved climbing over rocks and boulders. The main chasm was huge, and then it got narrower and narrower until you were able to walk through touching both sides. The walls soared above us, as we walked through to the end, and the colours against the blue sky above made the most wonderful pallet, we just couldn't take enough photos. This was a very magical place, and you just wanted to stay and soak it all in.

The road into the park was 53 kms long, and designated 4WD only. It was one of the worst roads we have been along, and we must have gone through at least 20 water crossings, along with lots of dips through dry floodways. At the end of the 53 kms was the visitor centre, (which looked very out of place in the middle of nowhere), then you go another 26kms to the Bungle Bungles, 26 kms back, then 36 kms return to Echidna Gorge. We totalled around 200kms along terrible roads, and had to slow down for every dip or water crossing, plus put up with kms of corrugations. We saw one car with a shredded tyre on the back, and it was a very slow journey there and back. Once again our car was a filthy mess, and now the doors squeak when you open them due to the dust in the hinges. Yuk! I am slowly getting used to dust being everywhere, the van is a mess as well, and our bikes have dust over every part of them. Guess that goes with being in the outback, but it’s well worth it!
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