Friday, May 27, 2011

Bungle Bungles

We knew we wanted to see the Bungle Bungles, also called Purnululu National Park, but it wasn't going to be easy to get there.  You have to have a four wheel drive vehicle and drive down 50 km of rough road to get there so we opted to take a tour.  We left with two other couples and our tour guide at 6:30 in the morning.  The drive took a very long time with multiple creek crossings.  We finally started to see the "domes" or "beehives" the park is known for.

These domes are made of layers of white sandstone.  The black bands are cyanobacteria and the orange bands are iron oxide.  We took a walk to Cathedral Gorge and had lunch.

Algae and sand silt make this stream look golden.

Another amazing part of Australia to get to see but we probably wouldn't recommend the tour.  Our guide was great.  He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area.  He identified lots of plants and broke off pieces of mint, lemongrass, and citronella for us to smell.  What we didn't like though was that it was a twelve and a half hour tour and we were only in the park for two and a half hours.  It was a LOT of driving and very expensive.  It was a fun day though and we really enjoyed talking to the other couples in our group and sharing caravan trip tips.

Km today: 458
Total travelled: 4886
(this is just what we drove to get to Warnum where we took the tour from, not counting all the riding we did on the tour)

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