Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungles

The Bungle Bungles can be found in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park of Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Purnululu, meaning ‘sandstone’, has long been inhabited by local Indigenous people, but the rest of the world did not know of its existence until the mid 1980s.

The Bungle Bungles

One of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks, the orange and black sandstone domes, known as the Bungle Bungles, rise 300 metres above the grass-covered plain of Purnululu National Park in Western Australia.

You can explore the range on foot and discover long narrow chasms and hidden gorges large enough to hold a full-scale concert. You may also encounter some of the 130 bird species found here and unique native animals including the nailtail wallaby and short-eared rock wallaby.

Bungle Bungle Tours

Because of its remoteness, the easiest way to see the Bungle Bungles and Purnululu National Park in Western Australia is to take one of the scenic flights from Kununurra. It is a truly amazing sight from the air. Several tour operators also offer bush camping experiences with safari cabin accommodation and guided tours. To find an operator, visit the Bungle Bungle tours page or use the advanced search function.

Getting to Purnululu National Park

Open from April until November (weather permitting), the park is accessible by four-wheel drive only and only single axle.  Off road trailers with high clearance are permitted.  Two wheel drive is not permitted in the park.

From Kununurra in Western Australia, the journey to the Bungle Bungles and Purnululu National Park takes you along 200 kilometres of sealed road then 53 kilometres of unsealed road. From Halls Creek, you travel along 100 kilometres of sealed road followed by 53 kilometres of unsealed road.  Please note that while the unsealed road may only be 53 kilometres long can be corrugated with steep climbs and tight corners and can take more than two to three hours to navigate depending on condition.

Information and accommodation

The park has a visitor centre and two general camping areas with toilets, showers and limited water. Camp fees apply and access to fuel, water, food and other supplies is very limited. Visit the Naturebase website for details.

Or, if you prefer your creature comforts, check out the Kununurra accommodation options and join a day tour from Kununurra.

Check out the Kununurra Visitor Centre website, email Halls Creek Visitor Centre or visit the Naturebase website for more information about Purnululu National Park the Bungle Bungles of Western Australia.

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