23 October 2002
Today's postcard is another retrospective to my August Kimberley trip. Its tagline could well have been, "It's a small world". In just a week and a half up there, I happened upon three people I wasn't expecting to:
Roughly an hour in the air took us over Lake Argyle and then south across dry station country to Purnululu National Park. On my way to Kununurra on Highway One (Great Northern Highway up here), I'd passed the turn-off to Purnululu, about seventy kilometres north of Halls Creek.
Purnululu is the name the local Aboriginal community give to the place commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. The very recognisable dome formations were formed with the weathering of what was originally a large plateau, made up of layers of sandstone of differing porosity. At the edges of the domes, water seeping through the more porous layers feeds the growth of lichen, while rust (ferrous oxide) covers the less porous rock.
The lichen and rust, apart from comprising the familiar striped bands of the domes, also prevent further erosion. The fragility of this protective covering is behind CALM's (Department of Conservation and Land Management) restriction limiting hiking to designated areas within the massif.
I don't really think anything more needs to be said... I'll let the pictures, including the window sticker, speak for themselves!
I made a special effort to send this out tonight in response to a special request from a particular fan of Mango Jam who went into postcard withdrawal when no 'northwest fix' landed in her inbox this morning!