Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bungle Bungle: Unforgotteble hiking destination

Bungle Bungle is a popular travel destination located in Western Australia. It is also known as Purnululu national park.
The name Purnululu is coming from sandstone areas of the Bungle Bungle range by the Kija aboriginial people. It means sandstone. The range is almost 578 metres high from sea level. It is popular for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes occurs due to differences in clay content and also for porosity of the sandstone layers.
Punululu was discovered by modern people at mid 1980s, although aboroginial peoples live for generations there. It was announced as a national park at 1987. Geologists say that, during the Devonian Era, almost 350 million years ago, a great marine deposit was formed here. It eroded away by the hundreds of millions of wet seasons to the present structure of domes, cliffs and gorges. Rather fragile, the orange bands on the rocks are of silica. But the black bands are covered with fungus, overlaying the white sandstone core. There are some unique plants grow here, like a species of Livingstonia palm.
If you want to experience the Bungle Bungles properly you have to walk and you will get four wheel drives. You can enjoy the beauties of boab or baobabs, the weird bottle trees which are found typically in this area and of southern Africa and Madagascar. A long walk through this beautiful landscape with its sandstone domes is amazing. There are breathtaking paths like Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Gorge over all you have to walk for almost 30 kms to enjoy all the beauties of Bungle Bungle. Echidna Chasm is one of the most mysterious places of Australia. If you want to enjoy you should walk.

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