Echidna Chasm, Purnululu NP
Echidna Chasm has steep sided gorge walls of up to 200 metres in height and barely a metre wide in places. The return walk trail from the carpark is 1.6 kilometres return and features prehistoric Livistonia palms and gorge walls exhibiting extraordinary colours.
About the Trail
Echidna Chasm is one of the highlights of the World Heritage Site of the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. The narrow gorge is located 19km north of the visitors centre. The 1.6km return walk trail is short but has some rocky sections that require some moderate climbing.
The trail features gorge walls that rise 200 metres with sections as narrow as one metre. It can be a bit disconcerting looking up and seeing large fallen boulders lodged tight between the walls. Tall Livistonia palms provide a spectacular setting near the gorge entrance.
Deep within the gorge it can be a photographers delight with the ever-changing light. During the middle of the day, sunlight penetrates into the gorge creating incredible golden hues. Needless to say, midday is the best time for photographers. Even in the winter months, it can be incredibly hot, so take drinking water.