Purnululu NP, Part 1.
The Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park is a world-heritage listed site in the East Kimberley that was only "discovered" in 1983.
Over 350 million years old, its famous 'bee-hive' sandstone domes cover an area of 450 square km with its orange and black "tiger stripe" bands largely thanks to a combination of algae and iron oxide.
We won't sugarcoat it, the 4wd 'Spring Creek Track' that takes you into the remote Bungles is rough as guts and difficult. In fact, we rate it as the roughest "road" we've been on (so far) during our road trip.
Not for the faint hearted, it's washed out, rocky and at some points, severely corrugated with a few creek crossings thrown in the mix too. Tahnee got car sick and the poor Land Rover lost a brake pad wear sensor, dislodged and ripped off by the relentless vibration. We can see why many opt for the helicopter flight or a 4wd tour bus instead.
Regardless, nothing beats exploring a place on foot and we are glad to have experienced this landmark geological phenomenon up-close and personal during our Cathedral Gorge walk.
Near sunset, we walked in-between massive sandstone domes and onto dry creek beds and near stagnant waterholes, noting that this year brought very little rain to the Bungles.
Then we looked harder, and got a real shock! Thousands of dead cane toads scattered everywhere about the dried up creeks and waterholes.
What! We didn't even know they crossed the border to WA!? But a quick Google search says they invaded Purnululu in 2011 and have been trouble ever since. Well, thankfully not these anymore.
All in all, a most interesting expedition.
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