The World Heritage Purnunulu National Park offers a unique trekking experience as we journey deep into the magnificent sandstone gorges of the central mountain range of the Bungles.
The local Aboriginal people of this rocky outpost – which borders the great deserts to the south – have a deep connection with the gorges and creek systems, which cut spectacularly through the landscape. There are significant burial and art sites scattered throughout the park and our trek itinerary and guides are sensitive to these special places. Our trek takes us into Piccaninny Gorge, located geographically in the centre of the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
We establish a basecamp enabling our group to explore the extensive sandstone chasms of the Five Fingers, located beyond the imposing sheer cliffs of Piccaninny Gorge. The trekking here is unmarked and exploratory in nature; we spend three full days exploring the wonders of the secluded and sheltered micro-habitats of the Fingers. Our five night adventure allows us to experience the unique wonder of this ancient land. This is an unparalleled trekking adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 : Depart Kununurra, fly to Purnunulu National Park, Black Rock Pool, Piccaninny Gorge | 13kms
Day 2 to 4 : Explore the chasms of the Five Fingers | approx 6-10kms each day
Day 5 : Descend Piccaninny Creek, Whip Snake Gorge | 14kms
Day 6 : Cathedral Gorge, return to Kununurra | 3kms
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.
All delicious snacks on the trail.
2 experienced professional wilderness guides.
All national park permits and camping fees.
All camping equipment including mosquito dome, sleeping mat and sleeping bag.
Group emergency satellite communication/navigation equipment.
Group wilderness first aid equipment and supplies.
Return flights from Kununurra to Purnunulu National Park.
This is a small group off-track trek for experienced hikers with a maximum of 10 people.
Gear hire: Backpack $50
Our 6 day Bungle Bungle trek is a demanding hike, we advise you to do as much training as you can before your adventure with us. The more you train for this trek the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world. It’s also important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group.
We need to stress that this is a demanding hike – there is no vehicle support once you have been dropped at the start, and you need to feel confident carrying a full pack weighing 15-18kg. The other factor is the heat – while we try to walk in the coolest parts of the day, you need to be prepared for temperatures in the high 20s/low 30s.
It is very important that you bring the right gear for the conditions. A comprehensive gear list is included at the end of the itinerary. Quality backpacks are available for hire. If you are at all concerned about your ability to do this walk, please feel free to call one of us here at Trek Tours Australia for more advice.
You will be required to carry all your equipment in a full trekking pack, that is a minimum of 75 litres in capacity. This includes sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping mat, mosquito dome, a proportion of the group’s food supplies and all personal items as specified in our gear list. Depending on the quality and quantity of personal gear and toiletries, the average pack weight should be up to 15-18kg. A comprehensive gear list is available on the downloadable itinerary and details what equipment is included in the tour cost, what items are available for hire and what you will need to bring with you.
A pre-trip briefing and a full gear check with your guides at 3pm the afternoon before your Bungle Bungle trek departs will ensure you have the right mix of gear for your adventure – location to be advised.
I am writing to let you know that I had a wonderful time on the Kakadu trip. I thought that things could not be better after Larapinta end to end with the fantastic Kat and Joel but it did! Josh, Steve and Jo were the Dream Team. Josh was such a good guide, often stopping to tell us about a cave, a wall, a rock with art that we would see just ahead, a bird flying overhead or a plant at our feet, cooking us delicious meals every evening and just being so knowledgeable and enthusiastic always. Steve was always happy to offer his hand to guide me through some of the more difficult stages and was also a mind of information about what we encountered along the way, fantastic. And Jo, she was also a helping hand when needed with a happy smile at every stage, her breakkie porridge was wonderful. Such a brilliant team that worked so hard to ensure we had a wonderful trip and they worked so well together - make sure you keep them, they were the added bonus and were the cherry on top of the Kakadu cake. Brilliant. The hike was hard, no doubt about that and I feel that all 3 of the guides in their own way, brought that little extra something to the trip. More of the same please! Please tell them that they made the trip extra special and thank them for their hard work and dedication, it will never be forgotten. Thank you Trek Tours
Would you please pass on to Brad and Clare my thanks for the professional guiding on the last Kakadu walk, I really enjoyed their company and professional guiding they are both a real asset to Trek Tours Australia.
We all had a memorable time and were in awe of our guides who provided the best food we have had !
Almost a year has gone by, but I'm now finally writing to tell you how much John and I loved the Kakadu Trek. It was awe-inspiring, a life-changing experience and Brad and Joel were the perfect guides. John and I are still drawing from the energy of the experience.
Finally have the time to sit and thank Holger, Brad and young Jake for an absolutely fantastic Kakadu walk. Yet again you guys have surpassed yourselves!Not only were there stunning surprises at every turn but each campsite kept getting more and more beautiful. I really didn't think you could get better than the deep gorge site but then we got to Utopia!!! Words cannot describe how spectacular it is - I was very sorry to say farewell. I cannot think of one highlight as there were so many. The art work was awesome and every time I look through the photos I am amazed at how old and well preserved they are, a great group of people and although it was hot we all still had lots of fun!!!!Of course I can't not mention the amazing meals!! Again I think these are the only walks I do when I have to be careful not to put on weight!!!!!Again thanks a million - you have a winning formula and we can't wait to do another one with you all.Hopefully Arthur's foot will get sorted and we'll be back for Kangaroo and Flinders Islands.
Last year, July 2014, I walked with Australian Wilderness Adventures (now also called Trek Tours), on their Kakadu Explorer walk. One of the best walks I've done. Small group, great guides. We have walked three times with Australian Wilderness Adventures / Trek Tours. Excellent experiences every time. They are our choice for guided walks.
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