Rising 300 metres above the grass-covered plains that surround them, the orange and black sandstone domes known as the Bungle Bungle are one of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks.
The world heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range is located within Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Purnululu, meaning ‘sandstone’, has long been inhabited by local Aboriginal people, but did not become widely known to the rest of the world until the mid 1980s.
How to get to the Bungle Bungle
Travelling along the Great Northern Highway, the turn-off to Purnululu National Park is approximately 250km west of Kununurra and 108km east of Halls Creek. It's also possible to visit Purnululu National Park as part of a guided tour - choose from an extended 4WD tour through the Kimberley, or a shorter trip by scenic flight, some with the option to land within the park.
Explore the Bungle Bungle
You can explore the range on foot and discover long narrow chasms and hidden gorges large enough to hold a full-scale concert. The bee-hive striped domes of the Bungle Bungle range are found in the southern end of the park as is Cathedral Gorge, and Echidna Chasm is found in the northern end. Walking trails of varying lengths help to guide visitors around the park.
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.
The Djaru and Gija Aboriginal people are the custodians of Purnululu National Park and most of their activities revolve around the Ord River and nearby waterholes.
Explore Purnululu National Park
Accommodation in and near Purnululu National Park
There's a surprising range of accommodation around Purnululu National Park
Extended 4WD Tours
Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle Range is a highlight on many 4WD itineraries through the Kimberley region. Itineraries range in length from 4 to 15 days, and from camping to fully accommodated, so there's sure to be a tour or private charter to suit.
Viewing the incredible Bungle Bungle domes from the air is the only way to get a true sense of just how vast the range is. There are a number of departure points - Kununurra, Broome, the Warmun Roadhouse and the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, and you can also choose to land at the park for a guided 4WD and walking tour, or to stay overnight.