Gateway to the Bungle Bungle
Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
24Trip End Sep 11, 2008
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Warmun Roadhouse Campsite
Halls Creek was just a fuel stop as the town didn't seem particularly inspiring so we made the decision to push on to Warmun.
About 30kms before Warmun, the road was for the first time hilly with windy curves and bush fires burning through the valleys and on the hilltops. The fire on the hill behind the caravan park we stayed at was burning all night and the next day and lit up the night sky with a red glow.
We arrived at the Warmun (Turkey Creek) roadhouse/caravan park in the middle of nowhere just on midday and managed to get the last small site in the main block which was not powered and just squeezed the caravan in. Warmun is basically an Aboriginal Community and the roadhouse is owned and operated by the local community. However we found the staff to be Europeans working here in the bush to save their money so that they could afford to build a house in their home state of Tasmania. After booking the tour for the Bungle Bungles the next day and setting up camp we were quite hot and bothered so then enjoyed a lovely swim in the pool which was like an oasis in the dusty park. We chatted to two employees from Tasmania, then two couples, one from Brisbane and the other Melbourne one of which kindly charged our mobile battery as they had a powered site. We had a drink together and then had an early night in preparation for the early 5.30 am start for the tour the next day. The one day 4WD Bungle Bungle Tour costing $225 (Sunday special) was with the East Kimberley Tours and we were seven people on the tour.
We travelled in from the highway to the Bungle Bungle park entrance for 53 kms taking two to three hours over the bone shaking, undulating, shocking, corrugated, rocky, windy, dusty, rough road down through dry and half meter deep water river beds and creeks. We were pleased we didn't take our own vehicle over these roads! The landscape looked marvelous in the morning glow. We stopped for morning tea along the Spring Creek track and then explored the Northern Gorges and hiked along the Echidna trail which took us through high cool rocks of red sandstone and white limestone. We then drove to the Bush camp for a delicious lunch of roast beef and a good variety of salads in a cool dining room. The tent camp looks really comfortable in the lovely bush setting. In the afternoon we headed towards the gorges on the southern side of the Purnulup National Park.
The well photographed domes are quite different to those at the northern end being the well known beehive shape. We then hiked into the Cathedral gorge, quite fitting for a Sunday as they are truly awe inspiring and magnificent. We also walked along the wide Picannini creek dry river bed with the domes towering above us. The trip back on the bumpy track was quite tiring so it was good to stop for refreshments on the side of the road to enjoy the setting sun with the hills in the distance glowing like some photos of Ayers Rock. We returned to Warmun and our caravan just before 7pm tired and ready for a really early night after a good worthwhile wonderful day with the most beautiful scenery. After the good night’s sleep we were ready to leave Warnum at 8.30am when it was already 25C.