Piccaninny has several different trails to choose from, from a short 700m return walk to a minimum 20km return over night hike along the Piccaninny Creek into the Gorge system. Piccaninny Carpark is 27km from the Visitor Centre.
The Domes - Allow 30 minutes.
Class 3, 700m loop
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.
Cathedral Gorge - Allow over an hour.
Class 4, 2km return walk
Follow this meandering creek bed amongst the towering beehive domes and honeycomb rocks to the iconic natural amphitheatre, known as Cathedral Gorge. The Gorge is known for is outstanding acoustics and sheer beauty. There are some steep steps and a ladder within the gorge that lead to narrow ledges.
Piccaninny Creek Lookout - Allow over an hour
Class 3, 2.8 km walk
This trail gives you an example of the spectacular formations in the Piccaninny Creek bed and spinifex hummock. The lookout has views over Piccaninny Creek, beehive domes, the Dixon range and everything in between. The trail is uneven, deeply eroded and exposed to the sun.
The Window - Allow 2 hours
Class 4, 6 km return walk
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 - Allow 4 hours.
Class 4, 10km return walk
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 - Allow 2 day minimum.
Class 5, minimum 20km return trek
This walk is only for experienced hikers who have first registered at the Visitor Centre and have a personal locator beacon (PBL).
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.