26/6/14 – Up again at 5am for the 2km walk to Cathedral Gorge. It was amazing and one of our favourite places at the Bungles. We were alone for over 1 1/2hrs and had great fun photographing it from every angle. There are some steps, some sandy areas but overall an easy walk.
Back to camp and pack up the camper ready to head off. The road was worst going out than coming in. More loose gravel seemed more corrugated and lots of traffic with a windy road with plenty of blind corners makes it slow going. Speed was 30 – 50km/hr took a little bit longer to get back to the hwy but still under the 2hrs. A lot of caution is needed on this road, the day before we came in a guy rolled his camper because he was going too fast. People come around blind corners on the wrong side of the road as well.
We were actually booked in to stay the night at the Bungles but we decided to leave as we had done all the walks we wanted, all we would be doing this arvo is sitting around camp as it really is too hot to go for walks. And we wanted to get into Kununurra a day earlier to see if we could get the car air-conditioning looked at, as it hasn’t been working too well since we left home. It is booked in tomorrow morning, so we will stay in a van park for a couple of days.
24/6/14 – We packed up camp today and moved down to the Walardi camping area. We didn’t think this camp area was as nice as Kurrajong. It’s not as big and the roads are rougher. We were all setup by morning tea, so went at did the Domes walk.
The Picaninny car park is 17km from the campground and takes a little over 30mins to get there as all roads are 50km/hr in the park. The road is pretty corrugated. Care needs to be taken, someone rolled their Jackaroo just by going to fast.
The Domes walk is a pretty easy 700m loop. In the heat it feels longer. Wow wow wow, they are amazing, it’s like you can’t get enough of the Domes. The photos can speak for themselves.
23/6/14 – Wow, photos do not do this place justice. We got up reasonably early and headed to the Bloodwoods to do 2 of the walks. the Homestead and Echidna Chasm. Mini Palms walk was closed.
The Homestead is a 4.4km return walk. It is a great walk with lots of interesting rocks to see along the way, it’s a case of which way do we point the camera. We had the Homestead Valley area to ourselves for approx half an hour. It was lovely, so peaceful and quiet.
We walked back to the Bloodwoods car park, had morning tea and then drove around to Echidna Chasm. The walk is 2km return, not as interesting a walk as the Homestead walk but wow amazing in the chasm. We walked all the way to the end, over the big boulders, up the stairs. The best time to be there is 11.30am with the sun just about vertical and shines into the chasm and starts lightening up the walls. It was like they were on fire.
It’s too hot to do any of the walks in the arvo so we just headed back to camp.
22/06/14 – We stopped last night at Leycesters Rest Area, 100km north of Halls Creek. It was around 8.30pm and the place was packed with caravans, took us while to find a place to set up camp. We had a cuppa and headed for bed. Forgot to say that if you want drinking water at Halls Creek it will cost you 20c per litre from the info centre.
We had a sleep in, well it felt like a sleep in, 6am local time which is 8am Qld. Some noisy people woke us. We had a leisurely breakfast, we weren’t in too much of a hurry. Plan was to be in at the National Park by lunch.
The turn off to the Bungles wasn’t that far from the rest area. Once through the gate there is an information booth and parking. We stopped and let the tyres down. It’s only 52km to the National Park visitor centre but the info says it can take 2-3 hrs due to the rough road. It is corrugated, has rocks, loose gravel but the worst part is it’s windy and hilly so you can’t go very fast so feel the corrugations more. There were 10 water crossings into the visitor info centre none of them very deep.
We had booked and paid online so it was a just a case of getting the campsite maps and the camping slip to keep on the dash in the car. Online we had to pick our sites but we were told we didn’t have to have the same sites and could choose any we wanted. Turns out we got the same site number at the Kurrajong Campground no 37 as it was a beauty. Large, and pretty well on our own with no close neighbours. There are a lot of campsites coming off different loops so we certainly didn’t check them all out.
Today was a bit of a reccy day. Setup, sort ourselves out a bit, relax and get the lay of the land. We did go for a drive to check areas out ready for an early start tomorrow. It is so hot in the arvo, we want to hit the walks early before it’s too hot then relax in the shade. It’s is so nice to be here, we were concerned at one stage we might end up missing the Bungles due to the Ute issues but all we missed out on was Wolfe Creek Crater.