Starting from the Piccaninny Creek Car Park, Purnululu, this return walk takes you to the famous beehive domes and back. The walk is suitable for those who want to get an insight into the geological formations of the landscape but are into shorter walks. The rock formations in the area date back to 360 million years ago, and they are great examples of how erosive outside forces help shape unique outcrops. There is a mini amphitheatre at the end of the walk and a pool to which a wet season fall flows. The area is either open in the dry season or in between winter months, May to October. There may not be a lot of shade in the area; you might want to bring sunscreen, plenty of water and glasses with you. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the northern end of the Piccaninny car park (757 metres east of The Bungle Bungles), pass through the wooden bollard and head between the two informational signposts (shaped like mountains). Head along the narrow dirt track as you pass by a small directional sign (to your left). After about 40 metres, keep right at the 3-way intersection to continue along The Domes Track (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
There is a car park (about 35 m back from the start).
Picaninny Creek Carpark (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 235 m turn left, to head along Domes Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the part where you get close to the stunning rock formations. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 200 m turn sharp left, to head along Domes Walk.
After another 295 m turn right.
After another 90 m come to the end.
This is the part where you get close to the stunning rock formations.
Directions & comments
Start heading along Domes Walk.
After another 305 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 305 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)