As we had been to Cathedral Gorge on our last visit in 2015 which is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit if you have not seen it. As we had been here before we wanted to do a different walk this time and chose the hike to Whipsnake Gorge. I wasn’t too sure about this at first as it is listed as a Grade 4 walk and 10km, but I noticed that the estimated time showed it as a quicker walk than Echidna Chasm so it couldn’t be too difficult. Really glad we did it and if anyone else has doubts, it is a really manageable walk. Mostly through a riverbed, so you you walk over uneven rocks and sand but it is mostly flat. It is 5km to the Gorge and then 5km return, but was very doable. The scenery spectacular. We were in direct sunlight a lot of the way so take plenty of water with you.
It is a fairly rough corrugated road into the Bungle Bungles with a few small creek crossings on the way. A very interesting drive in but you need to stay alert as there are many rocks on the road and cattle and roos along the way as well. It takes an hour and a half to reach the Visitor Centre then another 30 minutes to get to the Car Park for Piccaninny Gorge which is the starting point for Cathedral Gorge and Whipsnake Gorge.
The drive into Piccaninny Gorge is spectacular and I lost count of how many times Col and I said “Wow” on the way in. We both definitely were surprised when we spotted this on the road on the way in though! Would love to know the story as to why they needed to land on the road and very glad we were not on that flight. The Pilot did not look happy, let me tell you!
My little mountain goat likes to get off the beaten path and check out things up close and personal, while I am happy to take photos of him doing this. He did nearly slip into this lovely green water. We were speaking to someone who said there is a Brain Eating Amoeba in the water at the Bungle Bungles and to be careful not to get any up your nose. There isn’t anywhere that you would really swim here, so that is good, but extra lucky that Col didn’t slip in!!
This place is spectacular and the views on the walk to Whipsnake Gorge were seriously breathtaking.
These birds nests were on the roof of an overhanging rock and just beautiful. We didn’t see the birds that made them, but a great photo by Col.
There was only a very small amount of water when we got to the Gorge and there were many tiny little frogs gathered around the waters edge. These frogs were only about 1cm long and very, very cute. Hope they make it!
We stopped in to see the ‘Window’ on the walk back to the Car Park.
The evening was finished off sitting around the communal campfire and chatting to other travellers. We have both enjoyed our time at the Bungle Bungles and you do forget just how beautiful this place is.