Last post you may remember we camped at Mount Augustus. If you missed it, you can catch up here - Mount Augustus walk trails
We left Mount Augustus just before 9am in the morning. It was another beautiful blue sky day. We had about 260 kilometres to cover over gravel roads to get to the Kennedy Ranges, although we found the road was in pretty food condition, varying between sandy flood plain country to rocky through the mountains - watch out for the sharp dips, and drive to the conditions. You can still get a flat tyre as we saw with one traveller. It is a good idea to carry two spares for your vehicle and make sure your tyres are in good condition before you leave home.
We didn't have a huge distance to drive, so we made time to stop at old Bangemail Inn on Cobra Station (there is a basic camp ground), morning tea under the shade of the trees at the Lyons River, Edmund River crossing, another spot on the Lyons River for lunch,
and Booroothunty Creek where we saw a Green Birdflower (Crotalaria cunninghamii) Fantastic! We had never seen one before - here is a pic. You can see the flowers and the seedpods in this collage. It was growing in the sandy dry river bed. My wildflower book notes it as uncommon, so I was very excited to see one.
We arrived at the Kennedy Ranges National Park camping ground around mid afternoon.
Another couple we had met at Mount Augustus had also travelled to the Kennedy Ranges the same day as us, but they had, unknown to them, unfortunately broken a hose underneath their camper and lost all their water along the way - a fact that they hadn't discovered till they reached the Kennedys. We had some water to spare in jerry cans, which we happily gave them, but it really highlighted how precious water is and that this is remote travel, not to be undertaken without good preparation.
Kennedy Ranges at sunrise taken from the campground.
There are 20 recorded mammal species including euros, 100 bird species and 33 reptile species. Be on the look out for them when you are out walking.
Most of the walk trails are unmodified with only basic trail markers, follow creek lines or along narrow cliff edge paths and are quite rocky requiring a fair amount of clambering. Walkers need to be aware of the degree of difficulty of each walk, the approximate time to allow, don’t walk alone or around midday, and make sure they always carry water and food, and wear a hat and good walking boots. There are signs at the start of each walk outlining degree of difficulty and approximate walking time.
The Temple Gorge walk starts from the camping ground. The first part of the Temple Gorge walk (2km return, 2 hours) is Class 3 leading to the towering rock face known as The Temple (you can see the Temple in the pic above). From here there is a short walk to the left and a Class 4 trail along the boulder strewn right hand fork. At the end is a small seasonal rock pool, but please do not drink the water.
You can also walk to Honeycomb Gorge from the campsite (approx 3km each way) or drive around to the start of the 600 metre relatively easy trail. The gorge is characterised by incredible honeycomb like cavities eroded into the cliff face. We were enthralled by these amazing natural sculptures.
The other two walks are the Drapers Gorge Trail (Class 4 – 2km return, 2 hours) and the Escarpment Trail (Class 4 – 3.4km return, 3 hours). I recommend these only for the physically fit and experienced as the trails are steep, have boulders to clamber over, loose and crumbly rocks, and narrow cliff edge paths. Those that do attempt these walks however will be rewarded with spectacular views.
Here are some views from the Escarpment Trail.
The area is the traditional lands of three tribal groups, the Maia to the west, the Malgaru to the east, and the Ingarrda to the south. The Ingarrda called the range Mandatharra. Aboriginal sites are protected and should be respected.
Where is it?: 72kms north of Gascoyne Junction, via Ullawarra Road. 245km east of Carnarvon and 1027km north of Perth via Mullewa. 4WD recommended.
Facilities: Camping fees apply. About 30 campsites, some with light shade. Long drop toilets. No power, showers, or water. You need to be totally self-sufficient. Please take away all rubbish with you. No disabled facilities.
Pets: Not permitted as it is a National Park.
More information: WA Department of Parks and Wildlife: DPAW-Kennedy Ranges
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