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Bungle Bungles - Purnululu NP
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Purnululu NP

Bungle Bungles - Purnululu NP


The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 239,723-hectare national park is located approximately 300 kilometres south of Kununurra, with Halls Creek located to the south. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, the park was inscribed as follows:
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20 Aug 2015

Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) is a World Heritage Area. The Bungle Bungle Range is within Purnululu National Park. We saw the Bungle Bungles form the air and then took the 4WD in for a closer look. The road into the National Park can be very rough and you will need to allow plenty of time. We took our tent in case we needed to say the night in one of the camp grounds. There are a number of tour operators offering trips into the National Park if you do not own a 4WD vehicle - some are day trip only and others camp overnight.

This definitely needs to be on your bucket list as these dome shaped rocks are very unique. It is hard to fathom how old these formations are and the colours need to be seen to be believed - they seem to change at different times of the day.   

We stayed at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park and drove into Purnululu National Park for the day - fellow travellers had advised us to leave early as the road is quite a difficult 4WD track. It was very rough in some parts but we managed to reach the Ranger's Office without incident. You are required to register your visit at the office before entering Purnululu National Park - a fee applies if you have not purchased a yearly West Australian National Parks Pass (keep this displayed).

The first stop for the day was Picaninny car park. From here the short Dome walk allows you to get very close to these famous dome rock formations. Next trail took us into Cathedral Gorge - this walk leads into a crevice shaped in the rock from water slowly washing away the sandstone. Picaninny lookout is also on this side of the park and is a must for some great photos.

Warladi Camp is at this southern end of the park and Kurrajong Camp is closer to the northern end. You are able to stay at either of these camps for a small fee - there are no showers but toilets are available. We were carrying our tent and camping gear for an overnight stay if we were unable to get back to the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park before nightfall.  

The northern end of the park is where you find Echidna Chasm and a lookout over the Osmand Ranges. Echidna Chasm is a fairly difficult walk over river rocks and then through a narrow opening, making your way around large boulders that have fallen into the chasm. There are several ladders to climb before you to reach the final viewing position within these large rock formations. It is very cool inside which was great when the temperature was 37 degrees out in the Kimberley sun.  

This was a great (but tiring) day and we really enjoyed looking at these ancient wonders.


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