We camped at a free roadside stop called Spring Creek located just near the turn off for the road into the Purnululu National Park. The first part is a wide flat bitumen area, but if you follow the road a bit further down there is a lovely shaded area on the banks of the river to camp on.
It was quite busy and although we’d arrived before lunch we got one of the last spots down near the river.
The next day we made the 53km drive along the windy and bumpy track to reach the Purnululu National Park. It took us an hour and a half and included three minor water crossings. The Bungle Bungle Range made up of the distinctive ‘beehive’ rock formations within Purnululu NP is now well known, but it was only ‘discovered’ by a film team in 1983. Prior to that it had only been known to the local aboriginal people.
There are a number of camping and walk options within the park so we stopped at the information centre to work out our plan for the day.
The Domes Walk
This is probably the easiest walk in the park and provides views of the dome shaped rock.
The walk into Cathedral Gorge connects from the Domes walk. It leads to a huge natural amphitheater. The water had mostly disappeared leaving a small stagnant pond. It was quite busy with a few tour buses worth of people so we didn’t hang around too long.
Not too far from the Domes and Cathedral Gorge walk is the Piccaninny trail. The extended version can be done over two days, but we only followed the track to the first lookout. We managed to beat the crowds and had the lookout platform to ourselves. It provides a great view over the landscape with more of the dome formations in the distance.
After finishing the southern walks in the morning we drove around to the northern section of the park. Finding ourselves a nice picnic bench we stopped and revived ourselves with some lunch before heading out again.
This walk was relatively short but has sections requiring some scrambling over rock. Following the narrow passage between in the rocks was breathtaking. As it was past noon we were in shade most of the time, grateful for the relief from the relentless sun.
We finished off the day with a quick walk to the top of a hill for a scenic lookout before heading back to the car to make the slow journey back to camp.