Friday, July 15, 2011

Purnululu!

I have wanted to visit Purnululu or the Bungles since seeing that Qantas ad on telly. And we have just come back from an amazing three day camping trip there.

I took 318 photos before my camera battery died. I thought I had recharged it before I left. It would help if the actual charger was plugged in though!

282 of those photos taken were taken from a helicopter! My Dad, Grace and I went up for an 18 minute flight over them. It was just incredible even if I spent the first ten minutes thinking what have I done?? I never go on those rides at shows that take you up fast and whiz you around and here I am in a helicopter with no doors for fun?

The view was just awesome though. Grace was breathless when we got off the ground. Something to tell for news when she goes back to school!

Oxidisation of the iron in the sandstone gives the range the beautiful orange colour. Darren tried to convince the girls the bee hive domes were giant dinosaur droppings from millions of years. They laughed at him.

On the last day we did the Piccaninny Creek Walk. Amazing views along an eroded creek bed.

We walked up to the lookout.

Running back along Piccaninny Creek. Matilda's energy was boundless despite the 32 degrees!

And another lookout!

Milly strolling through the Domes.

We did walk Echidna Chasm too. Initially you walk through a palm filled gorge, but that soon becomes narrower and narrower, and then narrower still till at the end it's less than a meter wide.

One last view from the sky. Can't wait till Daz's folks come backup so we can go again with them.

9 comments:

AJ said...

STUNNING Helen! What great memories for you all! Emjoy the rest of your holidays!

Anne D said...

What amazing scenery! Do you realize that you took 282 photos in 18 minutes. Actually if you spent 10 minutes thinking what have I done, you may have taken 282 photos in 8 minutes!!!!!
The photos are gorgeous. Lucky we have digital cameras so you can take so many amazing photos.

Me aka Supermom said...

how amazing - and the palm trees seem most unexpected!

willywagtail said...

Incredible! I'm envious of being so close. Cherrie

♥Duff said...

thanks Helen! I just love all the pics from your travels!

2ne said...

WOW, the nature is so amazing - it looks so beautifull - it could fits in a quilt :-)

Shannon said...

Wonderful!! What a beautiful place. Those rock formations are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing!!

Trish said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! I've never heard of Purnululu before but will be adding it to my list of places I must see. It reminds me a bit of The Badlands in South Dakota which has the same kind of oxidation and erosion but formation in a different way.

here is a picture of The Badlands from a trip I took two summers ago: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-InOHc0AWgKI/TjXnKGRcBNI/AAAAAAAAEIM/BWPntl6ZLCY/s1600/DSC02946.JPG

Again, thanks for sharing! And helicopter ride? Awesome! (ps--not sure if I've commented here before or not but I love your quilting)

Trish said...

Appears link didn't copy completely. Oh well--sure you can find pics on wikipedia of the badlands. ;)