I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel around the world. I’ve seen the beaches in the Philippines and lived in quaint towns around Europe, but it still left me wanting for more. During my recent trip to the Gold Coast in Australia, I looked to extend my stay in order to quench my thirst for excitement and adventure. I scoured the web for a holiday that can provide me with a truly unique experience. This led me to discover Purnululu National Park in Western Australia, also known as the Bungle Bungles, a world heritage site that features landscapes and wildlife unrivalled in magnificence and splendour.
Seeing the Bungle Bungles are located near the border of the Northern Territory, I decided to drive to the Gold Coast Airport to bring me to Darwin. Good thing the service let me leave the car on site after I arrived at the airport. From Darwin, I took the drive to Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, where I got to settle down and familiarise myself with the facilities.
I was immediately impressed with how the tent house in the middle of nowhere had hot and cold showers. There was not much need for power since this is an endeavour that takes to the heart of nature, but I saw that solar panels were able to provide electrical power for some appliances.
As I mentioned, I was looking for an opportunity to experience the wild outback of Australia. Our group hopped into one of the 4x4s and drove around to check out the place. I was immediately greeted by the inhabitants. Kangaroos, cattle and horses stared back at me while I took photos of them.
I wandered along the Beehive walk trail, aptly named because of the rock formations’ resemblance to the dwelling of bees, and this was the first time I thought about how the landscape came to be. I learned that the foundations of these rocks were formed 360 million years ago. It’s quite astonishing to think about how long it took to produce these natural works of art.
Then I went inside the Cathedral Gorge caves. It was like an auditorium where you see yourself dwarfed in an enclosed space, like an ant inside an anthill. Crepuscular rays manage to provide ample lighting, resulting in shadows that blend well with the walls and rocks.
Next on my itinerary was a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the scenery. What followed was a majestic revelation of rock formations that still continue to amaze me today. I stared in awe of the wonderful crevices of the canyons, splitting the barren land and revealing the subtle lakes below. Each rock had a different shape and size, and they grouped together in varying densities. It was as if a child was given mud to play with, and it was thrown on green land to form these imposing structures.
You feel a sense of wonder on how years of exposure to various earthly elements carved and chiselled the rocks, turning them into Mayan temples and dome formations. The waterfalls revealed the struggle to sustain life in those challenging weather situations. There were hidden valleys and lakes, as well as other ancient geological landforms. Some of the deep gorges were not accessible by road, and were considered sacred Aboriginal land. It was definitely the highlight of my trip.
Soon I got tired and we went back to the safari tents. The lodge restaurant was designed for barbecue nights, and we were able to have dinner by the bush while a campfire was being set up. We ended with stories, and I think I was able to store enough memories of the Bungle Bungles to keep me wondering about the mysteries of this Earth.
Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia