How difficult is Spring Creek Road (Bungles access)?

by Brian
(Perth )

I am planning on visiting Purnululu National Park and was wondering just how difficult Spring Creek track is for someone who has done limited 4WD driving. You mention sharp bends and steep gradients so please can you give me more details of what I am to expect, e.g. are there many difficult water crossings?

Birgit, great web site and e-books! I downloaded the free Pocket Guide and was so impressed that I bought and downloaded the Destination Kimberley.


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Jun 20, 2009
Spring Creek Track
by: Birgit

Hi Brian,
You are to expect sharp bends and steep gradients :-).

Ok, seriously. It's a narrow road and because of the way it winds through the hills you have to go slow. Because if two vehicles came flying up each side of such a blind crest in a bend, then you'd get a head on collision.

And the track is unsuitable for larger caravans and trailers (dual axle) which are not allowed, period. (Neither are standard caravans or trailers, i.e. non off-road.)

There are many creek crossings, that's why a 4WD with a bit of clearance is needed. They may be difficult when they are full of water, like in April, maybe May after a big late wet. But not when they are dry.

If the track would require 4WD experience I would have clearly said so. There are precious few tracks here that require experience. All you need is a suitable vehicle, common sense and time. The only people who get themselves into trouble are those who rush and don't drive to the conditions. (That goes for the whole Kimberley, not just the Bungles.)

Jul 18, 2010
Spring Creek Road
by: Viv - Perth

Brian we recently drove the Spring Creek Road and return in a Rav4 with little 4WD experience and we had absolutely no trouble.
Having said that I don't think it is the ideal sized 4WD to use, but it was all we had. It even got us through a water crossing, although we did watch a few cars go through before us just to be sure.
We did get some funny looks from drivers in larger 4WDs and they didn't make allowances for us when it came to passing on narrow sections, many of them drove like they owned the road.
It was a fabulous trip and well worth the effort.

Jul 20, 2011
Public Transport
by: Rebecca

Is there a way of getting to the Bungle Bungles without driving a car? Can anyone recommend a good tour group (not large numbers, please) or another way of spending time here? Which is the best town to start out from?

Many thanks, :-)

Sep 06, 2011
Bungles access road.
by: Greg

As stated before, the road is winding and rough in some spots. Take your time and enjoy the scenery and the experience. We never had to engage 4wd and had no problems.

The biggest problem we had was with the tour buses that seem to have little respect for others on the road, they drive too fast, slow down little if at all when passing on coming cars and don't like to share any of the road when passing so just watch out for them, other than that it would be the most amazing place I have ever visited.

Cheers

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