Echidna Chasm, Purnululu NP


The Echidna Chasm walk trail is 2 kilometres return from the carpark and has steep-sided gorge walls up to 200 metres high and barely a metre wide in places.  It features prehistoric Livistona palms and gorge walls exhibiting extraordinary colours.

Echidna Chasm gorge walls

The sun turns the gorge walks red

Photo Credit: Pelusey Photography

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 visitor's centre. The walk trail is short but has 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 Livistona palms provide a spectacular setting near the gorge entrance.

Deep within the gorge, it can be a photographer's 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 ample drinking water. 

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