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Echidna Chasm, Purnululu NP Echidna Chasm, Purnululu NP

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

      Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

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.

The sun turns the gorge walks red
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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. 

Kununurra Visitor Centre

(08) 9168 1177

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour


2km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Echidna Chasm carpark. Purnululu National Park, 230km (3 hours) south of Kununurra, which is 3200km (30 hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

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Difficulty Notes

Rocky sections that require some moderate climbing.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail has a natural surface of rock so caution is advised.


  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Lookouts
  • Public Telephone
  • Public Toilet
  • Sheltered Area
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

May to October. The dry season in the Kimberley


National Park fees apply

Trail Access

Air or road to Kununurra. 4WD track into National Park.

Prohibited Items

No pets
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