Special Places: Honeycomb Gorge

Posted by Kevin Rennie

Honeycomb Gorge is located in the Kennedy Range National Park in the Midwest of Western Australia. It is 150 km east of Carnarvon on the way to Burringurrah (Mount Augustus).

Music on this video is from ‘West Nile Papyrus’ by the Dejunair Project.



11 Responses

  1. So what did you see between Carnarvon and this rock (with a big puddle)? Scrub, red dirt and flies. 150 km of it. A true highlight!

    Looking at rocks with holes beats a trip through the Loire Valley doesn’t it?

  2. Tom

    Why do you bother? It isn’t a contest. But it was a joy.

  3. “Looking at rocks with holes beats a trip through the Loire Valley doesn’t it?”

    Tom – variety is the spice of LIFE. Sure the Loire Valley is fantastic but so is the sunset at Karumba! Not to mention the sunsets at Broome. As for swimming with the crocs at Lawn Hill.

    And nothing compares with the whale sharks of Ningaloo Reef except perhaps … Nah, There’s too many to mention.

    A great post Kevin and I hope the kickbacks from the Tourist Commission are substantial. Lol.

  4. Nature 5 – “variety is the spice of LIFE”

    It sure is. That’s why I won’t be bothering to spend a week driving through exactly the same scenery to look at a rock, by an almost dry creek.

    There are better things to do. And the flies!!!

    Go somewhere with good food. If a country has good food and serves alcohol, it is bound to be better than hot, dusty monotony.

  5. Tom of Melbourne

    Be Fair! If one wants to be ‘negative’. then mention the almost endless Cathedrals of Europe and the Pagodas/Temples etc of Asia, the absence of which would cause the tourist industry to collapse. Lol.

    Personally, I never ‘travel’ unless I have done lots of homework. One never ‘sees’ unless one has first prepared the mind as to what might be found and what might be appreciated.

    A bit like Aboriginal Art, if you haven’t done your homework it’s just graffiti. Rococco architecture for example has to be understood through reading before viewing otherwise it’s simply ‘over the top’.

    Scepticism I applaud. Cynicism, I decry.

  6. Nature 5 – History … yes, I recall reading something along those lines once.

    Some may suggest that I’m a little self indulgent, but I see nothing at all wrong with travelling half way around the world to have a good coffee while reading the International Herald Tribune in a pleasant town square.

    Beats the heat, dust, scrub, flies and the misfits we meet in places like Carnarvon.

    The outback is over rated, inaccessible and boring.

  7. The outback is over rated, inaccessible and boring.

    And the chances of running into Tom of Mel…… NIL

    Its looking better and better all the time 🙂

    Personally, I love the outback, sitting there in the morning with a good cup of coffee, reading ..nothing, priceless.

  8. Tom R

    Hear! Hear!

  9. I love the outback. Scenes in movies or on TV can move me to tears of nostalgia for the wonderful years I spent immersed in it. It might even bring me to see ‘Australia’, though probably not until I can see it on DVD with the sound turned off & a fast forward button.
    I was a prospector & miner for many years. Known as copper gougers, I & others like me, often worked alone 100k or more from the nearest neighbour. I remember one open cut copper mine I owned where I would set my charges, take shelter behind a huge boulder looking across a 15k plain to a low mountain range. When the blast went off, I would count the seconds off until like thunder, the echo would come back to me from the mountains. I was the only one that would hear those mighty blasts.

  10. No. I’ve been to a range of remote locations. Some time ago I did it for my own interest, since for other reasons. But the boredom was never broken by anyone blowing up rocks. So perhaps Carlyle has more entertainment when he goes bush.

    Without some explosions, it is dull, and it’s a long way to go to see it.

    All the driving, bumps on dusty unmade roads, the heat, (and flies!) – get over it. There are equally boring things here nearer Melbourne – I don’t have to travel so far to access excruciating dullness. There’s plenty right here.

  11. Tom of Melbourne I can understand how you feel. For the first few years I found the outback boring too but as you get to know the country you find much to enjoy. My main interest became mineralogy. I began exploring old abandoned mining sites & collecting mineral samples, slowly learning the signs to look for in search of payable mineral deposits, then applying for a mineral lease & sinking an exploratory shaft. Incredibly challenging with basic equipment like a hand operated windlass & worn out drilling equipment. Often spending three months to get to the watertable usually about twenty metres down, where the mineralisation tends to concentrate, if you are lucky & have correctly interpreted the signs of iron gossan, quartz, azurite stain, even vegetation. Judge it correctly & you earned more in a month than your fellow workers earned in a year. Judge it incorrectly & you are feeding your family on roo meat. Starting as a hitchhiking farm boy, by the time I was twenty five I was touring Europe with wife & three small children when an airfare cost most people at least a years savings. The down side was equally dramatic but it was a wonderful adventure for a young man.
    Yes it looks boring if you just drive through & know nothing of the hidden waterholes & even gem deposits just off the main road. Frightening too if you have not learned how to survive the problems you will inevitably face. Many years since I left now but never a day that I do not think about it.

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