Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Bungle Bungles

Wednesday 3rd June. Left Kununurra at 07:00 and started the journey to Purnululu National Park, also known as the Bungle Bungles. Another two people joined the group at Kununurra - John and Lynn. This makes eleven people for the rest of the trip. After crossing the Ord River and passing close to the Argyle Diamond mine we reached the end of the Victoria highway. From here there are only two routes across the Kimberley. South is The Great Northern Highway – a sealed road, although a very remote one. The Northern route is the Gibb River Road – a dirt road. Our route in a few days will be the Gibb River road, but for now to get to the Bungle Bungles we turned down the Great Northern Highway. After a couple of hours driving we reached the turn off to Purnululu. Then it as another few hours down a dirt track to Purnululu National Park.

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We’d arranged Helicopter flights over the Bungle Bungle range. Me, Ray and Tim did the 48 min ride, everyone else did the 30 min flight. It was spectacular, especially since the helicopters had no doors. This was good for photos but made it ‘interesting’ when the pilot made steep banking turns.

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After the helicopter flights we made a quick stop at the camp to drop off our bags then headed out to watch the sunset and take some group photos.

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From left to right , back row we have Ray,Phyllis, Laurie, me, David & John. Front row is Julie, Rhonda, Hazel, Diane & Lynn

After sunset we headed back to the Bungles camp.

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