PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK - TRAIL #6

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
This walk normally takes 2 days and an overnight stay in the gorge. As we did not fancy carrying food and water for 2 days, we only did part of the Piccaninny Trail. On that day, we walked for about 8 or 9 hours from the car park and back.

Night falls early, around 5 pm and then itís 30 a minutes drive to the campsite. Itís a dangerous time as lots of animals are about and tend to be dazzled by carsí headlights. Many wallabies and other creatures die killed by tourists.

Some more information about Purnululu: ďOne of the most obvious features of the sandstones is the alternating orange and black or grey banding. The darker bands are on the more permeable layers of rock (which means water is able to move through them with relative ease). They allow moisture to seep through to the rock surface, promoting a dark algal growth.

The less permeable layers in between are covered with a patina of iron and manganese staining, creating the orange bands. These outer coatings (the rock beneath is a whitish colour) help to protect the lower parts of the towers from erosion."
(http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/component/option,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,39/Itemid,755)

Tags: Australia Western australia Landscape and travel Purnululu national park EAST KIMBERLEY BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE ORD REGION PICCANINNY TRAIL


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WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
26 Sep 2012 10:57AM
The figures show the fantastic scale of the formations.

Dave

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rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
26 Sep 2012 11:17AM
Again beautiful geology Jean. Carefully composed to add scale too. In your notes you state about death to the indiginous wildlife, surely more care should be advised at such locations ( more visitors equalls more death Sad)
Ron.
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
26 Sep 2012 12:04PM
The scale you have shown is immense. I agree with Ron....here the speed limit in national parks is 25mph, and is well patrolled to protect the wild life.
The speed limit is 50 kph (32 mph) in the national Park. Some 4WD drivers go even faster wrongly thinking they're rally drivers. During the 2 trips I did to Purnululu, I never saw a ranger.
The number of road kills along the highway is quite frightening (including cows).
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
26 Sep 2012 1:22PM
incredible landscape-- making me think of moonscape!
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 4:30PM
The people give this a real sence of proportion. Very nice.

Gerry
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:49PM
Great composition. Love the inclusion of the figures in the distance.
Matt
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
29 Oct 2012 6:40PM
Another fascinating and impressive landscape Jean-Noel, the walkers show you just how tiny and insignificant man is compared with nature

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