Ka Ka Mundi - Carnarvon NP

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesRolleston
FinishBunbuncundoo Springs
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable For4WD 
Distance249.02 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed77.49 km/hr
Travel Time3 hrs 12 mins
Page Updated: 23 May 2008
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Description

Ka Ka Mundi is a remote section of the Carnarvon National Park and is suited to people wanting to get away from it all. With more than 30km of sandstone cliffs and escarpments, rocky outcrops there is plenty for the experience walker to enjoy.

Overlooking the campsite is cave-pocked sandstone hills that are worth exploring, but remember that spirits live in these caves and will cause illness if you come into contact with them, according to Aboriginal legend.

Also close to the camp site is the Bunduncundoo Springs with their lush growths of mosses and ferns, the waters of these springs are cool, crystal clear and a good source of drinking water. The Aborigines also believed these waters had great healing powers and would immerse their children into them to cure bone problems.

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Environment

Go exploring around the beautiful Bunduncundoo Springs, looking for the tiny fig birds and frogs.
Enjoy walking around the rocky outcrops and dry creek beds near the camping area.

History

Ka Ka Mundi was used as grazing land for over a century, with old cattle yards near the springs as evidence, before becoming a national park in 1974. The waters of the Bunbuncundoo Springs, which are located near the camp site, were believed to have healing powers by the Aboriginal people of the area, they also believed harmful spirits lived in the caves around the Springs.
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Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

You need to be totally self-sufficient. Take sufficient drinking water, food, fuel, and spare parts plus a reserve in case you get stuck.

Make sure someone responsible knows where you are going and knows your itinerary. There is no mobile phone coverage and it is quite possible to be the only one in the park, even on a weekend. A good first kit should be part of your camping equipment. The longest distances with no fuel is 130km to Springsure.

Before embarking, please consider reading our articles on communications, navigation and spare parts and tools. Supplementary articles that can also be read include: first aid, food & water and camp cooking.

Permits

No permits are required for any section of Carnarvon NP, but camping permits are required to camp anywhere in the park. Camping permits for Ka Ka Mundi can be obtained from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service or from the self-registration station located at the entrance. Camping fees average $4 per adult per night.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolRolleston.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 35 litres4cyl 40 litres4cyl 50 litres
6cyl 38 litres6cyl 45 litres6cyl 44 litres
8cyl 38 litres8cyl 41 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

April to September. Winter mornings can be cold and frosty and summer days are extremely hot.

Closest Climatic Station

Springsure Comet St
Distance from Trek Mid Point 60.49km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C33.932.431.629.025.322.222.124.027.630.632.834.0
Mean Min. °C20.820.518.814.810.97.16.27.511.215.217.919.8
Mean Rain mm109.3109.969.740.035.737.928.524.129.947.364.593.6
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Rolleston
Small supermarkets in Springsure and Tambo have most of the food supplies you would need.

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What to See

Approx 12km west of Springsure is a turn north leading to ‘Wills Grave’ approx.20km. Horace Wills was an Australian pastoralist and politician who, after moving to Queensland from Victoria was murdered, along with 18 others by Aborigines. His son, Thomas Wills was credited as one of the inventors of Australian rules football (he is the umpire in the statue outside the MCG).

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Directions

Rolleston to Albinia Downs
Driving: 16.22 km
Heading: 288°
Avg Speed: 105.34 km/hr
EST Time: 09:14
Albinia Downs to Spring Hill
Driving: 41.04 km
Heading: 306°
Avg Speed: 100.25 km/hr
EST Time: 24:33
Spring Hill to Springsure
Driving: 14.29 km
Heading: 323°
Avg Speed: 88.08 km/hr
EST Time: 09:44
Springsure to Dawson Dev Rd & Birtley Rd
Driving: 11.63 km
Heading: 266°
Avg Speed: 86.99 km/hr
EST Time: 08:01
Dawson Dev Rd & Birtley Rd to Birtley Rd & Wills Grave Access
Driving: 19.78 km
Heading: 341°
Avg Speed: 80.45 km/hr
EST Time: 14:45
Birtley Rd & Wills Grave Access to Wills Grave
Driving: 1.36 km
Heading: 234°
Avg Speed: 43.89 km/hr
EST Time: 01:51
Wills Grave to Birtley Rd & Wills Grave Access
Driving: 1.36 km
Heading: 54°
Avg Speed: 43.89 km/hr
EST Time: 01:51
Birtley Rd & Wills Grave Access to Dawson Dev Rd & Birtley Rd
Driving: 19.78 km
Heading: 161°
Avg Speed: 80.45 km/hr
EST Time: 14:45
Dawson Dev Rd & Birtley Rd to Dawson Dev Rd & Buckland Rd
Driving: 37.71 km
Heading: 247°
Avg Speed: 91.22 km/hr
EST Time: 24:48
Dawson Dev Rd & Buckland Rd to Glenrock
Driving: 28.26 km
Heading: 190°
Avg Speed: 74.09 km/hr
EST Time: 22:53
Glenrock to Bunbuncundoo Springs
Driving: 57.59 km
Heading: 201°
Avg Speed: 57.72 km/hr
EST Time: 59:51
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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