Starting from the Piccanniny car park, Purnululu, this return walk takes you to the Cathedral Gorge Amphitheatre and back. The track follows mystical red rock formations as high as 200 metres that will leave you speechless as you approach the gigantic natural amphitheatre. Bring plenty of water and food with you as the dirt track can get steep in places. Signs may be limited, and the weather can be scorching at noon. You should also get inquiries beforehand as the park is open between April and December due to weather conditions. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the northern end of the Piccaninny car park (757 metres east of The Bungle Bungles), pass through the wooden bollard and head between the two informational signposts (shaped like mountains). Head along the narrow dirt track as you pass by a small directional sign (to your left). After about 40 metres, veer right at the 3-way intersection (passing by the orange sign to your left) to continue along the Cathedral Gorge Amphitheatre Track.....
Directions & comments
Picaninny Creek Carpark (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 275 m turn left.
After another 160 m continue straight.
(Cathedral Gorge) Continue another 630 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Cathedral Gorge Amphitheatre
1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)