The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog

 

 

 

 


Early 7am start (even though the sun is up about 5:30) and a reasonably rough and slow 50km drive in the bus (took 2 hours). Quite a few creek crossings and some spectacular change of scenery. First we crossed the Halls Creek Fault line and Osmand Range before we arrived at the start of the park. Th fault line is the 4th largest in the world and all along you could see the pressure rock outcrops showing how the western part has moved east up against the Bungle Bungle range. A quick visit to the information centre before driving the 30mins to the Southern end of the park which is the bee hive shapes that most people associate with the Bungle Bungles. This end is made of sandstone which has eroded chemically and physically over million of years. A 2km walk into the Cathedral chasm which was about 5 0C cooler than the outside. It was enormous. Keagan and Dad then decided to do the 2km walk to the look out up limestone Picanniny Creek and then a climb which allowed a magnificent view out across the domes. We had lunch and then a 1 hour drive to the Northern end to look at Echidna Chasm and Osmand Range lookout. Mum and Brenton thought that this walk into this long 1km chasm up the Echidna creek was the best part of the trip. Some parts of the chasm were so tight that you could touch each side and other parts you had to squeeze through. Once again it was 5 0C cooler. On the way out, the boys took the 400m detour to the Osmond Range lookout that allowed you to clearly see the Bungle Bungles on one side, the large valley between it and the Osmond Range on the other. It is hard to believe that the ranges on one side were in the order of 1.6 billion years old and the Bungle Bungles were formed about 360 million years ago from the erosion of the rocks. This end of the range is made entirely of conglomerate rocks. Quite spectacular. What was also inspirational was the deaf and mute couple who were also on the trip - one of them was also visually impaired but it didn't stop them from doing the walks. A 2 hour very rough ride home then followed. The corrugations of the roads were like waves coming into the shore (going out we were going with the wave and coming back we were going against!). Certainly gave a 'massage'. Everyone agreed it was a great day. We then had a meal at the large dining tent before retiring to bed early.



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