Carnarvon National Park, Ka Ka Mundi August 7 - 9 2023
  Onward, ever onward. Though our attempt to travel more slowly seems to be working. I still need a cure for "restlessness".

Its about 25km from Nogoa River Camp to Bunbuncundoo Spring Camp in Ka Ka Mundi section of Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We will have to drive all the way north to the Dawson Development Road, along it for about 15km, then south again. Total of about 170km.

We get to admire the northern edge of the park. From the outside. 

  A little lava reached Ka Ka Mundi, but not this far west.
  Teeth like the edge of a giant saw. As we drive through farmland.
  This is as close as we get.
  The north east of Carnarvon Park looks enticing. But no access for us.

We will enter Ka Ka Mundi (we have no idea of the origin of the name) somewhere to the right of those mountains.

  Ah ha .... I hear you say.

I have been looking for bustards ever since we disturbed one at Nuga Nuga.

This time there were three, at the roadside.

They did what bustards do well, they flew off, a short distance, to hide in the grass.

This time the camera was almost ready.

We've seen patches of what we think are (golden) Mitchell Grass. This a lot darker.

  To our east, still inaccessible.
  Our destination becomes more clear.

Still to the right.

  The imposing entry to Yandaburra Station. We do so like the letter box.

We've seen double fences, with laneways for cattle movements in between, but never so many as on this station. Not on the boundary though.

Destination about 25km, somewhere in those hills to the left.

  Ever closer ........... the suspension building ......... or perhaps not, the journey just slows as the road is less maintained.

In the centre of pic, on the horizon, is the sore thumb of Mt Mooloolong (767m). Our camp is about 6km to its east.

  There is a Mt Ka Ka Mundi, 890m, in this general direction I don't think this is it (its probably a little further south), to our south east. Our track is to its west.
  And then we are inside the park.

Trees, perhaps, probably, most likely ...... brigalow, among the gums.

  Finally, Bunbuncundoo Springs. The campsite.

An easy to see (we tripped over it) derelict yard.

  A short walk to the spring.

Hidden by well established tree ferns.

  And purple flowers.
  A lazy afternoon.

Next morning talking to people we know from a forum.

Learning to play a Chinese Erhu. Two strings, a novel sound box (a snake skin sound board, like a drum), and a bow.

Delight that Ali can make a tune.

Accompanying mutual admiration of the engineering involved in our accommodation as befits a meeting of forum aquaintances.

  Next day a brief look above the springs. Follow the gully north east behind the campsite to a ridge and rolling plateau. A gain in height of 60m.
  The distinctive Mt Mooloolong, that we could see on our approach to the park yesterday, is now about 6km to our west.
  We can't see Mt Ka Ka Mundi. Hidden from us by trees and terrain.

We can look at the cliffs to our south. The spring is somewhere below us.

We talk ourselves out of climbing down to the spring from here, lest we collide with a cliff.

Later inspection from below suggests it would have been relatively easy to aim for just above the spring.

Though of course vegetation would make passing the spring difficult.

  We described a loop, and found the top of our gorge. Pic looking upstream to saddle. And rock hopped back to the truck.
  Day three at Ka Ka Mundi. A drive through the countryside.

We head south, to the edge of the park.

  A bit of a surprise, the last few hundred meters involved the track being straight up a rocky slope. A little bit rough, and a little bit steep. But slowly slowly does it.
  The end of the track. A gate with lots of signs.

The boundary between the Park and Carnarvon Station ....... which we thought would be accessible through Gee Gee Gap, and also from Morven. Access through this gate with permission only. At 40kph.

Carnarvon Station is owned by a nature conservation foundation. I have an interesting history of the property they had written. The homestead building is about 35km east north east from here for a crow.

This is more or less the top of this part of the Dividing Range. About 660m. The watershed. In front of us, as we look south, creeks begin and flow south into the Warrego River, and thence into the Darling. Behind us they flow north, to join the Nogoa River, and thence to the Fitzroy.

Our driving track logs have been recorded with Oziexplorer on the Lenovo Tablet. Later this day I discovered how very difficult it will be to extract them. I could not find a menu item in the version of Oziexplorer to manage or display them. My laptop with usb connection refused to look at files on the tablet. I used a file manager on the tablet to at least view them. A quirk being that despite the Oziexplorer configuration being metric the track logs have elevation in feet. Multiply by 0.3. Bah humbug .... I'll figure out the rest later.

  So, turn around we did.

A slow descent of the rocky bit. With a bit of a view.

  Our forum person, Col, was determined to reach Den Spring. A track which is heavily overgrown, with fallen trees and branches.

He was successful. With a bit of track clearing. Thus, we can follow the next day. Our thanks.

On the main track a small herd of horses. We've seen their droppings. We counted seven horses. They look related. And very healthy.

We stopped about 75m away while they decided what to do. Milling around a bit until they found a way into the bush. Never to be seen by us again.

  Heavily overgrown with grass.

We followed Col's tracks, with a few minor detours. Straightforward, as reported.

The forest more open than other places. With better glimpses of surrounding hills than we've had.

Wheel marks are present, just hidden by grass for more than half the journey. Fortunately for us Col had cleared any obstacles he hit, and his vehicle has less clearance than ours. We ploughed along at a steady 10kph for all 7km.

  At the end of the track there was a derelict yard. And very obvious tracks, perhaps horses, suitable for peoples. Strange perhaps that they begin from where we stop at the yard. Perhaps just more obvious than elsewhere due to stony ground. The creek was dry. We followed the tracks rather than follow the creek bed uphill.

Our altitude about 590m. Mt Ka Ka Mundi (in the pic we think) 890m. Bunbuncundoo Springs, our campsite, is also about 590m.

Althogh it looks reasonable we decide against a 300m scramble, for no other reason than today we are poorly motivated. Neither of us "feel like it", so neither of us could motivate the other. Perhaps more tired from the one hour 7km drive than we are aware.

  Though we did gain some height on the horse tracks. Sufficient to see through trees to the west, across the main valley beyond, that the main north south track into the park follows.

We can imagine, if they really are horse tracks they lead to water, the spring higher than the valley floor.

While we have seen and done a lot on this trip it seems there is more that we haven't. Which about sums up all our travels ... so much to do, so little time. Going slower we have seen more, and yet what we haven't seen remains endless.

  Our return, the track is a fraction more obvious through the grass.

Perhaps it will be another few years before anyone ventures in here, or maybe someone will see our (and Col's) tracks, and follow. We may never know.

Homeward Bound to Brisbane August 10 - 13 2023

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