About this place
Piccaninny has several different trails to choose from, from a short 700m return walk to a minimum 20km return overnight hike along the Piccaninny Creek into the Gorge system. Piccaninny Carpark is 27km from the visitor centre.
This short uneven loop takes you up close among the beehive domes, where you can clearly see the different layers of the sediment and the protective banding of the iron oxide and cyanobacteria.
- Distance 6 km return walk
- Class 4
- Time Allow 2 hours
Walk further along the Piccaninny Creek bed amongst the beehive domes and large potholes, to a natural window in a sandstone structure. Please do not climb the Window.
Whip Snake Gorge
- Distance 10km return walk
- Class 4
- Time Allow 4 hours
Continue pass the Window along the Piccaninny Creek bed, where the trail veers to the left taking you into one of the many gorges within the range. This small natural amphitheatre contains rock figs, gums, ferns, and mosses.
Piccaninny Gorge Trek
- Distance Minimum 20km return trek
- Class 5
- Time Allow 2 day minimum
This walk is only for experienced hikers who have first registered at the visitor centre and have a personal locator beacon (PLB).
Journey into the heart of the Bungle Bungle Range and experience up close the impressive deeply cut gorges, and formations of Piccaninny Creek. This overnight trek is along an uneven, stony, and sandy creek bed with large potholes, boulders and occasionally through pools of water.
It is approximately 8km to the Elbow of Piccaninny Gorge and another 4km into the first of the five fingers (side gorges). The fingers terrain changes considerably as you head further up each gorge. Great care must be taken when exploring.
There is no permanent water, however during the wet season and early in the dry, waterholes may be present. Black Rock Pool is the most reliable source of water. Water must be treated before drinking. To preserve the water quality and the natural eco-system, do NOT swim at Black Rock.
Hikers must de-register at the Visitor Centre after completion of the walk.
Drones are not permitted.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Most of the trails in Purnululu National Park are exposed to the sun with little shade. Extreme heat can be experienced. Daily temperatures can exceed 40°C and radiant heat from the sounding rocks can increases the daily temperatures to 50°C or more.
- Take a first aid kit, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), map and GPS.
- Wear supportive footwear, adequate clothing, a hat and sunscreen and take warm clothing and sleeping gear - temperatures can go below freezing at night.
- Flash flooding may occur in the gorge between December and April
- Fuel stove for cooking as campfires are not permitted.
- Walk in the cooler parts of the day, early morning, or late afternoon
- Sip plenty of water - minimum one litre per person, per hour of walking
- Protect yourself from the sun; wear long-sleeved, loose clothing, a hat and sunscreen
Treat heat stress by:
- Sip cool water.
- Rest in the shade.
- Remove shoes and socks.
- Dampen clothing or a cloth and hold against skin.
- Seek medical attention if needed.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Piccaninny Creek Area.
We recognise and acknowledge Jaru and Gija people as the traditional owners of Purnululu National Park.