Purnululu

Submitted: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:12
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We'd just expected a few stripey domes and were blown away by how much more there is. Caves and chasms, gorges and escarpments. A heli flight shows you just how much. Great walks too.

I was shooting 250 pics a day and only stopping when the heat got too much.

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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:29

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:29
Sigmund,
I could not agree more. It is a fantastic place which has well organised campgrounds. If anyone is hesitating visiting, don't. Just remember that you cannot bring caravans into the area. Camper trailers are ok.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:57

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:57
Yep John.
Well spaced camp sites with plenty of loos and water taps.
You can I think take in single axle vans.
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:10

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:10
Hi Sigmund do you need to pre-book these days or just rock up and hope for the best? When last there 10years ago we arrived bang on 12 noon and paid the ranger for our few days of camping.

Agree a totally fantastic place. First visit was by chopper and as we had the last flight of the day we got a lot longer than normal. Next trip was at ground level & I lost count of how many photos I took, just wish back then I had a wide angle lens when in Cathedral Gorge.

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Follow Up By: Bob R4 - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:17

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:17
Is there any meaningful way to photograph Cathedral Gorge?
I do not recall seeing any photo which comes close.
Wouldn't even start to describe it.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:28

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:28
Dunc, yeah, have to book and pay online or by phone now. Nominate the camping area but choose the site when you roll up.

Bob, the guide you get on arrival has a pic that comes close in my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:58

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:58
Walking into Cathedral Gorge was and awesome experience. Someone was singing and the acoustics really enhanced the voice.

Great photos from the air; thanks Sigmund. I never got to take the chopper - it was booked out.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:49

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:49
Rob I must agree but this is about the best we can come up with. I have a video somewhere with a woman singing part of Advance Australia Fair, but at the moment I can't find it. That was something special.

Phil



Found the video:
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 16:42

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 16:42
Gee Phil!

Even on the crappy, tinny speaker of my iPad that sounds impressive.

Would be great to have heard it live. Maybe someone could start a Bungle Bungle Opera season the acoustics sound phenomenal.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 17:08

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 17:08
Funny that you would say that.

I found this at:Sydney Symphony in the Bungle Bungles
"APT is extending its partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra later this year, with SSO musicians to perform in Australia’s Kimberley region. The orchestra is already part of APT’s European river cruise program, with several voyages featuring performers who entertain guests during the cruise. The Kimberley partnership will see a woodwind quartet perform live beneath the sandstone domes of Cathedral Gorge, a stunning natural amphitheatre within the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. The performance is an APT exclusive and will take place during selected Sep 2016 departures of APT’..."

I don't like APT but if you want it then keep your eyes open.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:39

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:39
I should watch what I wish for...

Thanks Phil, I'm not a lover of pre prepared tours either, but it may be the only way I could get to see this.

I will keep an eye out for it.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12:02

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12:02
Geez!

I just had a look at the prices!

$6500 or $10000. Then you have to get up there as well.

I wonder if they will turn it into an exclusive venue or could the poor people sneak in the back seats? Could be worth a trip up then.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 15:11

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 15:11
We thought that we would glam it up after many weeks camping across the Kimberley spots and paid $500 for a luxury tent plus three meals just for one night.

Apart from what I say below, we had an excellent two days there. Heaps of photos and drove just about every track we could to get as much views of the great place. Two days and three nights. Two in our nice cosy warm tent and one as mentioned below. Brrrrr



At the meal we were shoved out of the way by an APT tour (it was there camp and we were in the bus tour's way) and ended up almost in the car park. No blankets and we froze. I went for a walk to get some and not one person whome i WOKE up would help. Yep froze ALL night. They even forgot the picnic lunch that we ordered for the next day. Breakfast was left overs after the early start by the bus mob. They wouldn't even prepare us a couple of fried eggs and bacon, and it was only 8AM!!! For our hastily assembled we each got a paper bag with two bits of chunky bread with huge chunks of cold meat left over from the night before. Oh and two orange kiddy popper drinks. APT ignored our complaints so they can get knotted.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 22:09

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 22:09
That's disgraceful Phil!

I have seen they way some tour operators run their tours - not impressed in the slightest.

Run off the road on the Gunbarrel by a company who drives oversized ex army trucks.

Kicked out of a specific site we had booked (and had receipts for) at Fruitbat Falls.
Had our rig locked in at Windjana Gorge for 2 hours by the bus (couldn't even get the kitchen opened to make a brew).

But, we did have a windfall in the Painted Desert. When we got back from our walk, the wife was cleaning up the boys and we were about to start making lunch when a tour bus rolled in. With military precision the driver had the back opened and tables and eskies out. One of the eskies was a bit heavy (and me being me) went over to help him lift it down. Had a 5 min conversation with him - top bloke. Next thing he says "join us for lunch - a couple have pulled out and we've got heaps!" Beautiful cold meats, cheeses, salads and the crustiest bread ever.

I don't think I'll bother with the APT tour.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 08:51

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 08:51
We nearly got bowled over by one on the way out of Mitchell Falls. He just wanted all the road and quickly!!!!.

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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:13

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:13
Nice I was there long ago.Wondering whst would happen if you got there and no camp spots left.If I book not sure get there exact date long way to drive..I know there were plenty of flat spots into the NP so would perhaps need to camp there .If full !!
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 08:37

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 08:37
morning LAZYLUX
I,m with you on this ,we don,t want to have to be somewhere on a date
just turn up an hopefully get a site or 4
cheers mechpete
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 15:31

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 15:31
This is the reason i do not visit QLD anymore. Pre booking campsites is just a money grabbing exercise by government departments. Who knows where they will be weeks prior to arriving at a campsite.
Also what happened to Mini Palm gorge? When i went there in 1995 the floor was full of palms. When i returned in 2007 there were none.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:55

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:55
We got a 5 day spot a day or two beforehand.

Not hard. There's a Telstra cell at the turn off from the Great Northern Hway into the Park and of course at the towns you go through before you get to that point.
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:07

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:07
Thats good Sigmund but do they always answer phone.And if no spots can you camp on side of track leading into NP.I was there in 2000 only a couple people camped in NP.Times have changed many people traveling now!!
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:18

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:18
Michaeljp interesting our Water Minister in SA said our wayer bills help to build hospitals schools and roads .I like to know what happens to our NP fees where there are no facilities .Or if I want visit Lake Eyre for a couple hours $150 .Its onvious SA Water don't use the money to upkeep water mains 5 burst today.If people did not travel to beautiful parts of Australia local businesses wouldn't pay tax and contribute to the economy .Maybe the Gov can just slap a levy on 4wdrives and then an offroad tax then a dust tax I digress!!!
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:40

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:40
Thanks for the trip down memory lane Sigmund.

A truly amazing place.

This was the first trip I did with my wife.

Plane out of Kunanurra to Bellbird and a Helicopter over the park. Worst day flying I have ever experience but, the views were amazing.

Drove back down and spent a few days in the park. Totally different perspectives and well worth the trip in.

I can't wait to take my boys and wife back to have a look.

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Reply By: TomH - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:09

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:09
Here is another one

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:23

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:23
+ BB3, BB5 in the OP.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12:02

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12:02
There's a few of these beehive domes in Keep National Park too, Sigmund, though not to the same extent as the Bungles. Anyway, worth a look there, as it's a magic spot.

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