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Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) 2008 Wet Season

Aerial view of Piccaninny Creek

Aerial view of Piccaninny Creek

An aerial view of Piccaninny Gorge - water everywhere
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Trail from the Piccaninny car park

Trail from the Piccaninny car park

The start of the walk. Even the short trail from the car park had water on it
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Cathedral Gorge Track

Cathedral Gorge Track

The walk to Cathedral Gorge was well and truly under water
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View from behind Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls

View taken from behind Cathedral Falls looking back...
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Walking up Piccaninny Creek

Walking up Piccaninny Creek

A very wet Piccaninny Creek

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Wading up Piccaninny Creek

Wading up Piccaninny Creek

There was a lot of wading as we moved upstream along Piccaninny.
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First camp upstream on Piccaninny Creek

First camp upstream on Piccaninny Creek

We had an easy day and made our first camp on some rock ledges not too far upstream. The pools were great as was the late afternoon shade.
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Wading up Piccaninny Creek

Wading up Piccaninny Creek

Moving on the following day, there was still a lot of wading...
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Walking up Piccaninny Creek

Walking up Piccaninny Creek

...but there were some good dry sections as well
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Junction with Black Rock Creek

Black Rock Creek where it joins Piccaninny

We dropped our packs at a high camp site before the elbow and wandered along to Black Rock Falls.
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Black Rock Falls

Black Rock Falls

Black Rock Pool is the best permanent source of water in Piccaninny, but few people have seen it with the falls running.
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Black Rock shower

Black Rock shower

Fewer still have got to have a shower under the falls.
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Piccaninny Gorge camp site

Piccaninny Gorge camp site

Our camp was in a partial rock chelter, good shade in the afternoon...
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Piccaninny spa

Piccaninny spa

...and an excellent spa for relaxation
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Water monitor

Water monitor

We had a visitor at camp
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Piccaninny above black Rock

Piccaninny above black Rock

Then set off for an all day walk to the first of the five fingers.
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Piccaninny above black Rock

Piccaninny above black Rock

Above Black Rock Junction, there was a lot of wading
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Piccaninny above black Rock

Piccaninny above black Rock

... and even some scrambling
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Black Rock Falls

Black Rock Falls

After the rain the night before, Black Rock Falls was flowing better than it had been on our first visit.
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Piccaninny camp before the rain

Piccaninny camp before the rain

That afternoon it rained. This is the camp before it rained
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Piccaninny near peak flood

Piccaninny near peak flood

When the creek was nearing peak flood. Our gentle spa had completely disappeared. We, however, were high and dry.
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Piccaninny waterfall

Piccaninny waterfall

With the rain, waterfalls appeared everywhere. Some disappeared again as soon as the rain stopped. Others persisted for hours. This waterfall had not had a drop coming over it a few hours earlier.
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Piccaninny camp twilight

Piccaninny camp twilight

Taken in the last of the twilight. Already the creek has dropped substantially.
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Walking down Piccaninny

Walking down Piccaninny

Although Piccaninny had dropped substantially after the rain, there was still more water then there had been on our way up.
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Walking down Piccaninny

Walking down Piccaninny

We crossed and crossed and crossed again as we continued downstream.
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Walking down Piccaninny

Walking down Piccaninny

Sometimes the crossings were shallow and easy...
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Walking down Piccaninny

Walking down Piccaninny

...other times deeper and not quite so easy.
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Water monitor

Water monitor

The guide, Russell, saw more water monitors on this trip than he'd seen on all trips in the previous three years combined.
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Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls

Back at the end, we had to visit Cathedral again.
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Cathedral shower

Cathedral shower

Cathedral Falls was flowing more than it had been on our way in.
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View from behind Cathedral Falls

View from behind Cathedral Falls

Needless to say, a swim proved irresistable.
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Last view of Piccaninny Creek

Last view of Piccaninny Creek

On the final morning, we enjoyed a final view of Piccaninny Creek
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Helicopter taking off from Piccaninny car park

Helicopter taking off from Piccaninny car park

Boarding the helicopter that would take us back to civilisation. The trip was over, but the memories would last a lifetime.
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  • Aerial view of Piccaninny Creek
  • Trail from the Piccaninny car park
  • Cathedral Gorge Track
  • View from behind Cathedral Falls
  • Walking up Piccaninny Creek
  • Wading up Piccaninny Creek
  • First camp upstream on Piccaninny Creek
  • Wading up Piccaninny Creek
  • Wading up Piccaninny Creek
  • Junction with Black Rock Creek
  • Black Rock Falls
  • Black Rock shower
  • Piccaninny Gorge camp site
  • Piccaninny spa
  • Water monitor
  • Piccaninny above black Rock
  • Piccaninny daywalk above black Rock
  • Piccaninny daywalk above black Rock
  • Piccaninny daywalk above black Rock
  • Piccaninny camp before the rain
  • Piccaninny near peak flood
  • Piccaninny waterfall
  • Piccaninny camp twilight
  • Walking down Piccaninny
  • Walking down Piccaninny
  • Walking down Piccaninny
  • Walking down Piccaninny
  • Water monitor
  • Cathedral Falls
  • Cathedral shower
  • View from behind Cathedral Falls
  • Last view of Piccaninny Creek
  • Helicopter taking off from Piccaninny car park

2008 was the wettest it's been for at least five years. This trip was amazing. With so much rain, the airstrip was closed so we flew in by helicopter.

See more on the Bungles in the wet video clips from 2008.

Want more info? Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) 2008 Wet Season trip notes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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