Day 64 – Bungle Bungles South

Once everyone was packed and ready to go, we started the slow and steady drive down south to the Bungle Bungle turn off in convoy with the boys. The stops for smoko and topping up cold bottled water were actually nice to break up the fairly boring drive! Came across a few brumbies at one of the road houses but other than that it was an uneventful trip.

Locals at a roadhouse on the way

Locals at a roadhouse on the way

We arrived at the turn off and left the Renault at the caravan park overnight, gathered our stuff for the two days and got in the back of the boy’s shlick 2014 Prado 4WD with Ray and his uke, with Shane riding shotgun and Jack behind the wheel. Jack did excellently on a fairly bumpy, rough road with about 6 pretty deep and boulder-y river crossings, so by the time we got to the ranger station the driver and his passengers were all in need of a cold drink and a stretch! We chatted to the ranger about life in the Bungle Bungles and perused postcards and souvenirs before driving down to the southern section of the park to do a couple of walks before the sunset.

River crossing number 1

River crossing number 1

Water almost up to the door handles!

Water almost up to the door handles!

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Dorky tourist photo #1 - the lads

Dorky tourist photo #1 – the lads

Dorky tourist photo #1 - the girls

Dorky tourist photo #1 – the girls

First stop was the huge amphitheatre-like gorges of Homestead Valley which left us with our jaws on the floor. The scale of the gorges here was insane, and we were constantly reminded of the fact that the park is so remote that we can only access a small section of what’s really out there. Amazing.

Walking to Homestead Gorge

Walking to Homestead Gorge

Homestead Gorge, Bungle Bungles

Homestead Gorge, Bungle Bungles

Homestead Gorge, Bungle Bungles

Homestead Gorge, Bungle Bungles

Taking a break at Homestead Gorge

Taking a break at Homestead Gorge

Beautiful colours at Homestead Gorge

Beautiful colours at Homestead Gorge

Jack's rock collecting efforts

Jack’s rock collecting efforts

Afternoon sun on the rocks

Afternoon sun on the rocks

A very busy bowerbird

A very busy bowerbird

Walking in to Echidna Chasm

Walking in to Echidna Chasm

We walked back to the car and drove on to Echidna Chasm, a narrow passage with sheer cliffs of rock on either side rising straight up for tens of metres and the light filters down through it. Very eerie and very beautiful. Also, very cool – nature’s air conditioning. The chasm itself twists and turns and you just keep walking as it gets narrower and narrower until it eventually just stops and you face a wall of rock instead of more of a path.

Echidna Chasm, Bungle Bungles

Echidna Chasm, Bungle Bungles

Echidna Chasm

Echidna Chasm

We found the end!

We found the end!

Back out into the sunlight

Back out into the sunlight

Really awesome spot and an amazing little walk in and out the way we came, just in time to see the sun set at the lookout point through the storm clouds that were forming over the rugged and remote Osmond Ranges to the west. Then Jack drove us all back in the dark (slowly and with 4 other sets of eyes on the road watching for wildlife) to our campsite at the northern end of the park. The boys cooked up a feast of potato chips, corner beef and onions that everyone devoured. The rain held off on us too – we watched some epic lightning strikes on the horizon, but nothing came of it except a couple of light drops and a pleasant drop in temperature, so no complaints here! Bedtime came early in the dark and we all took refuge from the bugs and moths to get a good night’s sleep in preparation for more walking first thing tomorrow.

Just in time for sunset over the Osmond Ranges

Just in time for sunset over the Osmond Ranges

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