road to bungle-bungles

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 19:54
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Will be at Halls Creek in June & going into the bungles.Have just read track in is approx 50 klms & to allow 2 to 3 hrs for trip. Is the road really that bad.
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Reply By: bazza - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 20:30

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 20:30
if day trip YES.
if camping WORTH IT.
3/4 hrs at times .
(if can afford it FLY - well worth the money (chopper is a bit dear).
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 08:40

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 08:40
I agree with Bazza.

Even if you are there for a couple of days, do a flight. Expensive, but its the only way to get a broader appreciation of this spectacular place.

Sunsets can be awesome as well.Cheers,
Stuart
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Reply By: Alex H - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:11

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:11
I heard the same back in 2000 when I went. It took me 2 hours - maybe I thrash hte landy a bit hard...I ripped off the trailer wiring socket from the car...mmm, maybe I should have slowed down.
Cheers,
Alex.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:19

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:19
Yes it can be and our upcomming Bungles Treknotes will indicate about the same.Regards
ExplorOz Team - David
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Always working, not enough travelling ;-)
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:40

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 22:40
I went there in '86 and then it was a 4 hour trip in along the Cattle Creek Yard track. Those days there were other places to access( this was before it became a NP) and tracks were faint and after walking the Bungles at Picanniny Waterhole we had to rely on a compass bearing to find our way back cross country through Bungle Bungle Outstation, Palms Yard and Winnama Yard to Turkey Creek. Got severely bushed at times. We were driving solo in a Suzuki. Was able to drive right up into Red Rock Gorge which is a spectacular place. What an adventure!

Cheers
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Reply By: Poida4x4 - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 02:41

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 02:41
We did this trip last July and it took about 2 -1/2 hours each way. Pretty windy and 'lil hills. There were 3 water crossings and 1 dry creekbed crossing. They're not bad in a proper 4x4 but we were in a poxy Honda HRV with a trailer so we walked it first. Twoz well worth the trip. We stayed 3 nights, one up piccininny gorge. (Take plenty of water for this trip, and leave as early as possible to avoid the heat. There's bugger all shade...) Echidna Chasm is amazing. Have fun...
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Reply By: 4by - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 08:41

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 08:41
we chose to have one family member take the chopper then tell us all about it.
regret not driving there now - don't make the same mistake!
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Reply By: Mike - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 11:05

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 11:05
We did it in Sept. 2002. Towed a Kimberly Kamper and the trip took about 2 1/4 hours each way. There were 5 or 6 wet crossings up to 500mm deep, quite rocky and loads of fun. If you are in the area and have a vehicle that's capable, don't miss it, it was one of the highlights of our big trip. I also agree that when I go back, if I can afford it next time, I will take a flight as well.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: Peter Guy - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 11:58

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 11:58
Hi we did it 4 -5 years ago towing an off road camper, and it is slow with water crossings , but a very enjoyable scenic drive. same old story -take it easy and you get there no probs.
We want to do the over night walk to the gorge next time.
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Reply By: Member - Howard- Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:06

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:06
Did a Kimberly trip in July 2001 and original itinery excluded bungle bungles. happened to camp next to a ranger having a few days off at Kunnanurra and he said dont miss but warned track was rough and slow.
intinery was changed and am I pleased
- without a doubt the best bit of road on the whole 12500 Kms trip.
not necessarily 4 wheel drive standard (dry conditions)but at least it was a challenging drive. took under 1 1/2 hrs to go in to ranger station mid afternoon as there was no other traffic.coming out took about 30 mins longer due to having to slow down due to heavy traffic both ways mid morning to lunch.
basically a faultless run given the road has a 40 km speed limit.

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Reply By: Baldrick - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:14

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 12:14
Not at all hard in a technical 4wd sense, but rough, so therefore slow. Nice and scenic though.
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Reply By: Member - Alan - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 18:05

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 18:05
We drove into the BB late May 03 and after the road to Cape Leveque and Mitchell Falls the road into the BB was a breeze. Towing a camper trailer took us 2.5 hrs each way with 5 water crossings- deepest only axle deep. I would not say the road is bad its just a very windy 2nd - 3rd gear drive with many many dry watercourse crossings - would be very interesting if wet.
Don't miss it.
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Reply By: Emo - Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:35

Saturday, Jan 24, 2004 at 17:35
The Bungle Bungles is one of the most spectacular on earth so you've got to see it.
Yes the road is that bad. I did it in 1995 and it took about 3 hours.
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Reply By: Hankster - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 00:01

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 00:01
I live in Halls Creek and have been to the Bungles two or three times taking family and friends. The road is a shocker - tight in some places and very rough most of the way with a few water crossings. The crossings won't be deep in June I shouldn't expect. It's worth the drive but make sure you camp the night because it's a long way top travel for a day trip.

Yell out if you want any other local knowledge!!

Regards Hank
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 02:25

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 02:25
Did the flight in 2001 but drove in in 2002.
Flight was a waste of money in my book but had a better appreciation after having driven in there and stayed so would have no probs in recommending a flight also.
The drive in is a must ! From memory it took us 2.5 hours in and about an hour & 3/4 out (isn't that always the case !!!). Leaving early morning is always a good idea as you miss the incoming traffic.Cheers 'n' Beers
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