Kennedy Ranges-Mundatharrda

We continued on the Woolwagon pathway to the Kennedy Ranges. On the way we saw some interesting signs.

stock on road sign
We like how the cow flipped the car and then just stood and stared at it’s handiwork! Whenever you see a “roads to recovery” sign there is never any indication that the bad road you are on is being fixed.
traffic hazzard sign
We were not sure what the hazard was along this 220kms of road. This was one of the best outback roads we have driven on. We could have used a sign like this on many other roads that we have been on this trip that had no sign! Maybe this is for tourist season.

It was past the end of the season here and there was no longer a campground host so you were able to free camp in this national park at this time of year. It was also pretty hot and on our arrival. At 4pm it was 40deg C. We were only staying 1 night and we had 4 walks to do, so we headed first to Honeycomb Gorge and took the risk to do the short but lovely walk and then camped there the night. M

rockfall risk sign

entering honeycomb gorge
Honeycomb gorge walk in 40deg!

honecomb gorge waterfall

honeycomb
Honeycomb gorge with perfect little nest boxes for local birds.

The Kennedy Range is an eroded Plateau about 160km from Carnarvon on the coast, in dry desert country. It’s harsh, hot and dry out here. 250 million years ago the whole area was a shallow ocean basin off the edge of the ancient Australian continent. The Range is what is left over of the land surface that elsewhere has been eroded away but here forms a mesa 75kms long and up to 25kms wide and 100mts high in places. The place is full of spectacular cliffs and gorges, eerie canyons, ancient marine fossils and strange honeycomb formations and what appears to be extruded lave. M

honeycomb gorgejust homeycomblooking out from honeycomb gorge

honeycomb gorge
Eroded stone perfect for birds nesting boxes!

honeycomb gorge 2

fossil honeycomb gorge
Lava?
kennedy night shot
Long exposure at night at Honeycomb gorge camp.

Well you would think that there would be no sleep camping with all the heat coming off this red rock after a 40deg day, but the wind came up and the CP5 is very well designed for flow through ventilation, so we slept quite well. We felt sorry for those in the campground sleeping in tents on the hot ground with no fans though . We got up with the sparrows and headed to the sunrise spot for breakfast. M

kennedy sunrise
We woke to a cloudy day which we were thrilled about, as we had 2 walks to do before it got too hot. 
walking up kennedy escarpment
Making our way up the  gorge to the top of the escarpment for a view of the surrounding plains.
kennedy escarpment walk
Panorama from the viewpoint at the top of the escarpment walk. The “pool” in the distance is actually a dry claypan. 
kennedy ranges escarpment walk lookout
Escarpment walk and the view from the top with the campground below.

Next it was on to the Temple Gorge walk where Steve finally managed to find a new bird. Number 318! There was not such a good photo of the Chestnut Rumped Thornbill. It has been 4 weeks without a new one, so this was pretty exciting! M

kennedy temple walk
The “Temple” at the entry to Temple gorge.
fossil temple gorge
Ancient fossil? These were everywhere.
temple gorge hole in the rock
Temple Gorge walk and the hole in the rock.
temple gorge
Temple Gorge
dead wildflowers on black rock
We just missed these wildflowers but I thought the dead white bushes looked nice against the black stone.
cobbled road info
The cobbled road was built by workers on a work for the dole scheme.
cobbled road
Still on the Wool Wagon Pathway we stopped to see this old section of “cobbled road”built during the depression, for the “new” trucks now taking over from horses and cart and camels that used to cart wool to the coast to send to England. It was the time when Australia “lived off the sheep’s back”.
smithy
Charles Kingsford-Smith Aviator and Wool Trucker 

 

 

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