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Women's Bungle Bungle Trek

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Summary

Our women's group will 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 exploringthe wonders of the secluded and sheltered micro-habitats of the Fingers. Our over night adventure allows us to experience the unique wonder of this ancient land. 

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Overnight camping
  • Exploring World Heritage Purnunulu National Park
  • Adventure to the sandstone chasms of the Five Fingers
  • Piccaninny Gorge sightseeing 
  • Support from an all women’s group
  • Qualified and experienced leaders
  • Delicious and healthy meals 

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Details

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 Bungle Bungle Ranges.

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 cutspectacularly through the landscape. There are significant burial and art sites scatteredthroughout 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.

WHAT YOU CARRY:

You will be required to carry all your equipment in a full trekking pack, that is a 70-90 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,your pack may weigh up to 20kg.

A pre-trip briefing and a full gear check with your guideson the afternoon before your Bungle Bungle trek departs, will ensure you have the right mix of gear for your adventure.

Please make your way to Celebrity Tree Park (opposite the entrance to Kimberleyland Holiday Park on Old Darwin Road) at 3pm the day before your trek bringing your pack and what you intend to take on the trek.

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

Today you will need to make your own way to the groups hotel in Kununurra. This hotel details will be provided to you. Please arrive before 2.30pm at the hotel. Our pre trip meeting will be at 3pm to go over your gear for this trip and ensure you are ready to depart the following morning. At night, the group will go out for dinner for a special Women Want Adventure welcome. Accommodation included (twin share) Dinner: At groups own cost
Pick up from your Kununurra accommodation around 5.20am. Transfer to Kununurra airport for the best scenic flight in Australia into the World Heritage listed Purnunulu National Park. We are collected by a 4x4 bus at the Bellburn airstrip for a 45 minute transfer to the start of our trek. In the cool of the morning we make our way down the impressive Piccaninny Creek. The early morning light provides stunning colourful photographic opportunities, as we walk amongst the spectacular sandstone domes surrounding us. Our first side trip is into the iconic Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre with a permanent pool. We then continue up Piccaninny Creek, and after enjoying a fresh & healthy lunch we continue on to Black Rock Pool, our camp for tonight. You guides will prepare a delicious evening meal before you settle in for your first night under the stars. Walking: 10kms | 5-6hrs Meals: Lunch, Dinner * We will get some breakfast supplies the night prior to have in our rooms as it's an early start!
An early start, and our journey continues up Piccaninny Gorge itself, flanked by massive sheer walls on either side of immense sandstone and conglomerate rock. By mid morning we arrive at our remote wilderness home for the next three nights. After dropping our big packs, we embark on our first adventure into the vast chasm systems of the Five Fingers. Each day the group will decide on another adventure with endless possibilities to explore the deep interior of the Bungles. With only a day pack, we travel light and can take our time to explore the hidden wonders of the Fingers. The Fingers contain the most southern extent of Kimberley rainforest, underground tunnel systems and lush green palm strands harboring stunning bird life, including Budgerigars, Red Winged Parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets. Depending on the proceeding wet season, some of the gorges may also be partially filled with water and require a refreshing wade and/or swim to further explore their wonders. The hiking here is untracked and together with your expert wilderness guides, we retrace our exploratory footsteps to base camp each night Walking: 6-10 kms each day | 4-8hrs Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we retrace our route through Piccaninny Gorge and descend Piccaninny Creek to a spectacular campsite providing access to a forgotten chasm called Whip Snake Gorge. We explore the gorge and surrounding dome hills in the late afternoon, before enjoying another special wilderness dinner under one of the best night skies on earth. Walking: 14kms | 6-8hrs Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
An early start takes us on a side trip into the iconic Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre with a permanent pool. We are collected and transferred back to Bellburn airstrip for a mid-morning fight over the vast wilderness we have just immersed ourselves in. We farewell the Bungles in stunning style, flying over Lake Argyle and the mighty Ord River, before arriving at Kununurra airport at midday. Our trek concludes here, where you have the option of connecting fights out or to explore more of Kununurra and surrounds. Walking: 3kms | 1-2hrs Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • First nights accommodation in Kununurra (twin share)
  • 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 bag, and sleeping mat
  • All catering equipment including cutlery, cups, plates,
  • bowls
  • Group emergency satellite communication/navigation
  • equipment
  • Group wilderness first aid equipment and supplies
  • Return fights from Kununurra to Purnunulu
  • National Park
  • This is a small group off-track trek, for experienced
  • hikers with a maximum of 10 women
  • Gear hire: Backpack $50

EXCLUDED:
  • Airfares from home to Kununurra
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Items of a personal nature ‑ alcoholic beverages, car parking etc 

Grading

Grading: Challenging

Our 6 day Bungle Bungle trek is a demanding yet rewarding hike, we advise you to do as much training as you can before your adventure with us. We will be walking between 55-60km. 

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 thestart, and you need to feel confident carrying a full packweighing up to 20kg. 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 on this booking page as links. Please read through carefully. Most equipment including sleeping bags, packs and matts can be hired from us. 

Reviews

Sarah Wade 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

I have enjoyed the challenge and time away just for me for once

Thank you for the chance to come to WA and spend time with such a lovely group of ladies and achieve part of a goal to start multi-day hiking! I have enjoyed the challenge and time away just for me for once. My only sadness is it's over and its back to work. Can't wait for another adventure with the ladies soon.
Anicia Sheppard 17/07/2018
    4 / 5 rating

What a wonderful experience

Something I will always remember and take it with me. Loved seeing the stars each night and to meet our group of wonderful women. Will look forward to sharing an adventure like this with my husband, if he will join me! Thank you again!

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