Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park
There’s something special about leaving the first footprints in sand. That sense of the unspoiled. Turns out we are the first of the season to tackle the Picaninny Gorge hike into the heart of the Bungle Bungles and we have the place all to ourselves – not a footprint to be seen anywhere. The national park opened just a week ago and officially the hike is still closed but the ranger kindly gave us the green light after assuring him we had the means to boil water along the way and an emergency locator beacon tucked away in our backpack just in case. Less than 1% of park visitors are able to do this so we’re pretty pumped as we load our backpacks and head off for 3 days in the mighty Bungles Bungles. I won’t wax lyrical about the history of the park or the unusual geology of the domes – suffice it to say this place is simply spectacular.