The Kennedy Ranges is a stark mesa, some 75km long and 25km wide, rising dramatically out of the surrounding desert landscape. The arid climate combined with a millennia of erosion, has resulted in sparse, half strangled vegetation desperately vying to get a foothold in the rubble which gives the place a post apocalyptic feel. This really is the wild west of WA.
Despite the dry conditions an abundance of flora and fauna inhabit the park including many species of mammals, bats, birds and reptiles. There are also over 400 plant species, and after rains many of which put on a spectacular wildflower display to rival that of the Chelsea Garden Show.
These brief rains recharge the remnant rock pools found in Temple Gorge, Drapers Gorge and Honeycomb Gorge and create intermittent streams and waterfalls. The echo of water can be heard in the smoothness of some rocks, the staining down rock walls and the oddly strewn debris, which is now tinder dry.
The views from the Escarpment Trail are nothing short of magnificent. Brooding skies bleed into bold cliffs which overlook vast plains to the east. From Sunrise Lookout you can also witness sunrise sear the eastern face of the ranges or low hanging clouds haunt their peaks. Be warned though; if you see those thunderclouds rolling in, get out quickly or be trapped in as the roads become a slippery trap and can close for days on end…
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