Travelling around Australia in a motorhome. A story of our travels starting from NSW then through Queensland, across to Northern Territory and Western Australia, then to South Australia, Victoria and finally across the seas to Tasmania. We have enjoyed everywhere we have visited and look forward to setting off again in our motorhome.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bungle Bungle NP (Spring Creek) 7-8 September 2006

Someone said you either love or hate Kununurra. Think we left there a bit cold on that score. Before we left we got the squeal in the air-conditioner fixed. Left in HEAT that was melting us at lunch time and found that the squeal was back and the air-conditioner did not work at all. So we drove on knowing we had just wasted $20!
We really struggled with the heat and Heather was done-in using the water atomiser every minute. The thought of the next days without air-conditioning was depressing. We managed to stay cheerful and discussed our lives before aircon. We decided old cars must have had better air circulation. Remember quarter vents and not so much black plastic! As we drove on the clouds built up in the distance and the look of a storm was there.
We settled in at a magnificent camp right at the entrance to the park, however as we set up the RAIN came pouring down. We did not fear being bogged (with ½ doz others because it still seems impossible) and Heather cleaned the car windows in the rain and loved getting wet!
Up early at 5am to try and do the Bungles in a day. After a 2 hr trip to cover 52km of bad dirt road and numerous water crossings, we got to the Bungle Bungle NP. We did not remember to turn the air-conditioner off in one particularly deep water crossing and guess what? On another very HOT day we were with out air-conditioning! Heather really started to think this might be the end of her travels! We discovered the main attractions are both in opposite directions in the park and also about 20 – 25 k each on rough dirt roads. Both features were really worth the trip and we really were amazed. The Cathedral was cool and grand. No photo can capture it as it is very 3D. It reminded me of St Pauls in London with the hole to the sky. Below were beautiful sand and a pool of water. The arch was majestic and produced very strong echoes. The actual pagoda type hills were an amazing sight and seemed to stretch on for ever. The Echidna Chasm was fantastic. We inched our way through high, narrow ramparts that was so restricted you couldn’t stretch a cat let alone swing it. Though the way we are eating and putting on a bit, we were surprised to get through ourselves! It was so narrow that Pamela Anderson couldn’t squeeze through. It was so narrow that the rocks got trapped between the walls as they had fallen down. Looking up to the sky through the narrow gap was inspiring. Back to the heat of the car where we thought about fuses! A change of fuses and suddenly (after dropping the only spare in the dirt and luckily finding it) we were air conditioned again! Well we just drove home in heaven and marvelled about being cool, adjusting it down because we were too cold! Heather can now continue on the travels in style!


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