At the heart of Purnululu National Park is acool, calm natural amphitheatre with a pool of water at its centre. Named Cathedral Gorge, it is one of the top Kimberley attractions and of all Kimberley adventures this is onewell worth the visit.Hiking to the gorge requires a moderately easy 3km, one to two hour return walk from the Piccaninny Creek car park, easily achievable during a day trip. There are some short and difficult sections so make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Once you arrive at the gorge, there are plenty of rock ledges where you can rest and admire the overhanging rock walls surrounding. These sandstone walls were carved out by water over millions of years.
These stunning rock conglomerates are made up of pebbles and boulders deposited 375 to 350 million years ago.Located north of Cathedral Gorge, the trail to Echidna Chasm starts in a wide creek bed. As you follow the lumpy, conglomerate track gradually narrowsas the lumpy, conglomerate walls continue. From midday, the sun’s rays cast a glorious red and orange glow over the wall, making this already unique sight even more beautiful. The high walls also give off plenty of welcome shade for walkers. If you look up from your creek bed walk trail, at the top of chasm’s 200m high ridges are Livistonia palms. It’s a fantastic location to photograph and the car park entrance is equipped with shaded picnic areas and toilets.
Following the creek and its walk trail takes you right into the heart of the park, where you will gaze up to find yourself surrounded by beehive-shaped domes. The creek car park, where you start your walk, is well equipped with shade, picnic tables and toilets. There’s a moderate, 7km return walk to the Piccaninny Gorge entrance, nicknamed the elbow, which is perfect for the day explorer. It’ s the first, easier section of a 30km return walk, ending at Black Rock Pool,which is perfect for overnight campers. This track continues and becomes much more difficult. Closer to the start of the walk there is Piccaninny Creek lookout, located 1.4km from the creek car park. This breathtaking vantage point gives sweeping views of the range and the creek as it winds its way down to the Ord River.