Caravan at Bungle Bungles

Submitted: Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:49
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On our Kimberley trip in May, we will be traveling some of the way with friends who will be towing a 5th Wheeler with their F250. We have a more modest CT and Hilux.
I understand we will be OK with the CT getting into the Bungle Bungles, but they will not get the 5th Wheeler in. Is there anywhere nearby where they can safely leave the 5th Wheeler and tent it for this part of the trip?

It would be a pity to miss the Bungle Bungles and they are understandably reluctant to just part it beside the road for a couple of days.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:01

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:01
Can be left at Turkey Creek Road House or at the start of the track into the Bungles, large area there to park vans etc. Not sure about security at the start of the track though.
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Follow Up By: Mainey (WA) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:07

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:07
The 5th wheeler and ct can be left but if you are expecting it to be still there and also intact when you return, then in a one word answer -> NO

The 'track' into the Bungles is not ct friendly

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:02

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:02
That Turkey Creek Road House has a lot of Aboriginal ppl hanging about, there is a Community few 100m just down the road ,been there on a couple of jobs escorting 2 houses into the community, sure would not leave my gear there .
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Reply By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:43

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 23:43
They have caravan storage at Kununurra at some of the caravan parks,as already stated,if you leave it anywhere not totaly secure,it will end up stripped.
When we were there last year there were plenty of offraod caravans in the camp grounds at the Bungle's.Man thats one road going in there that I'll never forget,you gotta drive it to understand.
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Follow Up By: Skid - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:32

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:32
I Have heard also that leaving them at kununurra CP is the way to go.

Although I have noticed on passing free camp area at junction of track and great northern hgway a lot of Caravans etc left for the day or longer. too risky in my book.
Track in is rough and deserves respect by people to do the right thing and drive slowly.
Spend at least 2 days in park.

Last time i was there in 2004 the walks were deserted comparred to the car parks and tourist trails that were full.
Only people i met on Piccininy gorge walk was a couple in their 80's enjoying the solitude.
All the rest were not venturing too far from there cars or were taking $200 or more chopper rides.
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Reply By: South - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:22

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:22
You'll easily get a CT into the bungle bungles... just take your time, its a pretty cruisy stretch... Sure there is a lot of switch backs, but none are really that tight. Just be sensible and will be no problems!

You could also get the 5th wheeler in there too... Again, just take it nice and slow on some of the more difficult terrain and she'll be sweet.

It certainly not the 3hr drive everyone seems to describe... That is dependant on season, but we did the cruise in 1.5 or so hours, both ways...

Oh, when we were in the early last year, they were re-doing the airstrip to be bitumenised... the trucks and there big trailers drove in the same route everyone else has to, so if they can make it in... anyone with any car/truck/trailer combination can make it in.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Kia - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 07:49

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 07:49
1.5 hrs cruise - yeah right, allow two hrs. a bit more if towing.

The road is no problem, its the lousy fast drivers with no consideration for other road users that can be a big problem.

If there is water in some of the streams the soft creek bed and short sharp climb out can be tricky for large vehicles if towing. No problems when dry.

My advice to see the Bungles is GET UP EARLY ! Go see the attractions before (a) it gets hot (b) before the tourists arrive.

Go to Cathedral Gorge first then scoot arround to Echidna Chasm about mid-day so as to get the sun directly overhead to give the best light in the chasm.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:24

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:24
Due to upgrades to the airstrip, the contractor improved the road into the Bungles last year. We took 1.5 hrs to do the trip instad of the old 3 hr trip that it used to be. You may get the 5th wheeler in there, but probably best t leave it in Kununurra
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 01:08

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 01:08
From my memories Cvans are banned from using the track in/out. CT's MAY be allowed in. The problem is not that you can't get a CT or Cvan in.... it's that the track is NARROW and very windy up and down. If you meet on coming traffic there is no possibility to back up & it's difficult to pass.

Having said that, it's worth the trouble once you find secure parking outside, to visit this NP. Don't be in a hurry, we spent three days and only just managed to get to most of the sites, it's pretty vast. If the budget can afford the helicopter it's well worth the $ - do it first then tour and take plenty of film & be prepared to walk with water. It's a spectacular place, you may never pass this way again.

The NP rangers put on a good slide show at night also.
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Reply By: froomey - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 02:11

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 02:11
pretty rough, would advise leave 5th wheeler at kunanarra , worth the drive in.
1,5 hrs both way's , must have graded the road or no respect for you vehicle
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Reply By: PETE-ORIA - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 07:46

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 07:46
G,day Norm, We were there last October & stayed at Turkey Creek Roadhouse for 2 nights with no problems. What most people do is leave the van/5th wheeler in the park & travel to the Bungle Bungles for camping. Depending when you travel through that area you might have to book ahead for a site. The local aboringinals seem to come from the mission late in the afternoon for takeaway food. There is no alcohol sold there & we did not see any drunks, most of the men look as if they work somewhere.
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Reply By: beachbum - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:31

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:31
Hi Norm and as stated by others, it will not be a problem with the CT but I would not even think of trying to take a fifth wheeler into the Bungles. There is secure storage at Timber Creek and I think it cost us $5 per night when we stored our van there last August. It is a lock up compound across the road from the Van park and is locked at night with a resident care taker. Again, I would not leave any thing parked at the entrance into the Bungles but do not miss them as they are pretty wonderful and also are worth seeing from the air. Go the Queenslanders.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:22

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:22
Beachbum, did you mean Turkey Creek or Timber Creek. Timber Creek is a long way back, probably 2 hours East of Kununurra, so close to 4 hours from the Bungles turn off.

Hope you meant Turkey Creek, which is only about a half hour from the turn off.

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:25

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:25
Thanks everyone for you responses. I'll give Tom the info (he is not computer savvy so can't access the info himself). It's up to him, but I wouldn't be taking too many risks with the investment he has. Either way, we won't miss the Bungle Bungles. Can't wait to get going.

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Reply By: micknjoan - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:09

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 12:09
We visited the Bungle Bungles in August last year, dropping the van at the Spring Creek camping area. Track into NP was at that time not suitable for towing, and certainly not 5th wheeler friendly. There were quite a few travellers at Spring Creek and it was easy to organise a neighbourhood watch whereby some took laydays and watched the gear and the courtesy was repayed in kind.Whilst you can never be totally complacent we found that security was less of an issue once you got 50 ks or so from towns. By the way, the Spring Creek camping area is past the spot which you can see from the main road, and is down on the creek.
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Reply By: Arkay - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:23

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 13:23
We took an off-road CT into Purnululu in May 2003 pulled by Jackaroo (since sold). Just us, no accompanying vehicles/friends. Can't remember the name of the campgrounds but we turned right towards Cathederal Gorge & the Airport past the rangers house & found nice areas near a dry creek bed. Was water tap nearby & we had bucket wash at night because of the humidity/heat. Lovely. They had gold coin donation bring mug for free billy tea outdoor slide show there I think it was every Wednesday at that time of year. Great show. The year we went was VERY wet start to the season & we were one of first in whe the tracjk was re-opened. Some of the creek crossings (3 or 4 or so & there were many others but no so deep) were still dash-and-splash 600 to 700mm deep. Only one fairly wide one that I recall, 'bout 40 metres which was 300 mm or so. I have done harder 4WD. All depends what you are used to/experience. Enjoy!
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 11:00

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 11:00
I think a lot of nonsense is spoken and written about this track!

I've been down it several times in various vehicles including our Troopy, OKA, and earlier in our 1974 Kombi.

It's hilly and has a LOT of tight bends that keep speed down to about 30-40 km/hr most of the way. A few minor creek crossings. Surface a bit rough but not absurd.

No problem for an off-road camper trailer and I know a few people who'd done it in old Holdens etc toward the end of the dry season.

But definately not one for fifth-wheelers!

Need to allow about two hours each way for the approx 55 km. Well worth staying there for two/three days. Camp sites are good.
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Reply By: Warrie - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 11:19

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 11:19
Don't miss them! The "wet" in that area has been pretty good so check when they actually have the road open for traffic. We did them in Aug 05 and the 53km was as corrugated as can be, but I suppose for $9/hd/night + $9 entry that's what you get. CT'S allowed but not caravans. Hey but some small vans weigh less than a CT and are just as manoevrable on some of the tight bends. Grading the road consists of dragging 4 or 5 old tyres along behind a 4WD within the Park. Up and back and that's it to just knock the tops off the corrugations. We did see a CT with a snapped axle. The speed limits 40 but you're often doing 30 or less and its just a great scenic drive into the place with some bends where the bonnet is pointing up at the sky and the road is turning sharply around and down. If any one else is reading, here's a thought. Boost the charges to match El Questro ($15hd+ $15in), buy a decent grader and then everybody could drive in and probably stay longer to boot. Thats why we're all out there driving 'round Oz. Feedback welcome

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Reply By: Member - Michael B (NSW) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 21:27

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 21:27
The road into the bungles is just a normal outback dirt road, it is not a 4x4 track by
any means, you could take a 50 year old Holden with out a problem!
Took my 2 tonne offroad van in last year, and I know the sign says no vans, but the tour leader decided as it was a serious offroad van would be OK. Got booted out next morning, lesson learned. Point is however that they allow massive 4x4
tour buses in[big bikkies] and they have no problem. the road simply was not a problem .
Nice rest area just south of the Bungles turnoff next to the bridge and heaps of vans left there all day and night, I was one of them for 24 hours, and seemed no problem
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