An aboriginal Creation Time story explains how the 120m deep Echidna Chasm was formed... in the time of their ancestors, the care-free lifestyle of the echidna spirit irritated the cockatoo spirit so the bird chased him through the bush alongside a tall cliff and plucked out some of his spines. The echidna pushed against a small crack in a cliff face and it enlarged to form a chasm in which he found refuge. The chasm walls swept his spines backwards and they have forever pointed in this direction. The plucked spines became the endemic miniature Livingstonia palms that are found along the chasm.
Owing to the narrow width, twisting nature and tremendous height of the chasm, light only reaches the floor of some stretches of the canyon for a short period. Where it penetrated, the light was a favourable soft glow. As I hiked up to the head of the chasm, this section was in shadow but on the return leg the angle of the sun had changed to illuminate the walls in this golden light.