PURNULULU – BUNGLE BUNGLES
Our group flew to the Bungle Bungles from Kununurra in three small planes
From the air the beehive domes form an amazing labyrinth.
On the ground we met our guides and were taken by 4WD truck to a couple of interesting walks
At ground level, the domes are massive
Cathedral walk took us into an enormous cavern with a small opening at the top. Wet season run off pours in and fills the pool and creek. The acoustics in this cavern were incredible, and well demonstrated by our flute playing guide.
Horizontal stripes in the sandstone are formed by bacteria growing in the alternate, more porous, layers. As the bacteria dies the stone turnes black. The orange stripes are oxidised layers of white sandstone.
As we waited to fly back, a taxiing plane smothered us in dust – the disadvantage of an outdoor air terminal.
The country between Kununurra and the Bungle Bungles is magnificent. Flying back as the sun was setting was just amazing.
Argyle diamond mine
Lake Argyle and the Carr Boyd Ranges