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Purnululu National Park

A visit to the Bungle Bungles - wow yes the 50 k's of corrugations are worth it....

sunny 41 °C
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Well they weren't kidding about the road into the Bungles. Undulating, some pretty fair dinkum corrugations in places. To be honest, driving this 4 WD track without Steve was fine.....but I didn't want to face a flat tyre without his back up. Sad....I know. The how to do it was fine......the not having done it solo was my internal challenge. Anyway, no flat tyre to be had.....so that was good. The drive in took almost 2 hours for the 50k's. I was happy when we arrived at 7:45 am thinking we'd be walking in 34 degrees, but hadn't realised there was another 24k's to do to arrive at the start of the Cathedral Gorge walk. Oh well, back in the car after stopping at the visitor's centre and back on the track. These tracks were much smoother and so we arrived soon after. We drove past elephant rock - easy to see why it's named so. The sight of the beehive domes came into view. Tall and imposing. Magnificent orange and charcoal horizontal stripes. A vision. A quick loo stop, filling of water bottles, packing a snack and grabbing the camera. Didn't check the temperature on the car gauge....a bit hotter and the radiant heat from the domes and the ground was growing. Nonetheless, we've certainly acclimatised - off we went on the 2 km walk - into Cathedral gorge via some of the beehive domes. Much of the walk is along the smooth rocks of an empty creek bed, sandy underfoot in places. Not much shade until we got closer to the gorge. A few fellow walkers also trying to beat the anticipated heat of the day. We had encountered some German tourists along the Gibb who had completed this walk and been pleasantly surprised to find an orchestra playing in the gorge. Not today.....but a peaceful amphitheatre, a small amount of residual water - murky, not fit to swim in. The acoustics were fabulous. Rory's whistling travelled the walls and returned to us. Embarrassing Mum launched loudly, "Sing......sing a song.....sing out loud....." but that didn't last! Unimpressed teenage son. Notably quiet teenage daughter. Oh well, my solo will have to wait for another opportunity. We spent half an hour or so, soaking up the cool atmosphere, chilling before others arrived. Our walk out of the gorge had us focussed on a cold bottle of soft drink that was waiting in the Waeco - it was calling our name. Surprisingly 2k's in this heat is really quite achievable, without too much discomfort. My head just starts to throb a bit towards the end, but nothing a cold drink and the air con in the car doesn't remedy. Lots more available at Purnululu, but mindful Steve was at camp in heat with little source of cooling off. A short drive to a lookout that revealed panorama views of the north and south aspects of the park and then we did the 2 hour drive back towards camp. We dropped into the Bungles Caravan Park to ask about a helicopter flight for Steve and noticed that it was quite deserted. Yes, definitely approaching the end of the season.....although we're still running in to travellers who are heading for the Gibb River road.

Posted by slamrs 21:56 Archived in Australia

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