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Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

See the Bungle Bungle Range from the air

The Bungle Bungle Range was only known to local Aboriginal owners and pastoralists until a documentary team brought it to the world's attention in 1983. Director Guy Baskin was filming a documentary called Wonders of WA (Western Australia) when the crew saw the incredible formations from the air. Take a scenic flight over the incredible sandstone formations of the Bungle Bungles, thought to have been forged more than 350 million years ago. The orange, grey and black stripes are the result of alternating bands of sediment, each with different clay content. Choose from several tours to see the striking sight, including the Aviair Bungle Bungle AdventurerHelispiritKingfisher Tours and Kimberley Air Tours

Rest and restore near Purnululu

Inside the park boundary you can stay at the tented Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, camp at the public sites Walardi and Kurrajong, or at the private campground, Bellburn. About 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Kununurra is the private wilderness park, El Questro, a million acre (4047 square kilometre) property boasting waterfalls, majestic gorges, forests, and four different river systems. You'll find camping and rooms at The Station and tented cabins at Emma George Resort. Or you can stay at the luxurious six-star retreat, El Questro Homestead. Alternatively, book a package with East Kimberley Tours, combining guided exploration with a night in the eco-friendly Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge and a scenic flight over the area. 

Learn about the area's Aboriginal heritage

Aboriginal people are thought to have lived in this region for more than 40,000 years, and the park holds rich, enduring traces of their life. Ancient rock art and burial sites can be found across the park and you can visit some of the sites with a local Aboriginal guide on a Bungle Bungle Guided Tour. They offer three tour options, from easy to challenging. You’ll forage for bush tucker and hear stories of the Aboriginal customs of the area, the flora and fauna, and the six weather seasons life is rhythmically centred around. You'll also find tour operators based near the national park and others in the regional hubs of Kununurra and Halls Creek. 

Tour the park on foot

Early morning is a beautiful time to be in Purnululu National Park. With a 7am start from the Bungle Bungle Station Stay Caravan Park, the Bungle Bungle Expeditions 4WD Bus day tour is a great way to experience the park, with an experienced guide sharing their knowledge. You'll have plenty of time to walk the rock formations, see Cathedral Rock and the photogenic Echidna Chasm, where, at some points, you can reach out and touch both sides of the soaring chasm walls. To explore the park at an even deeper level, you can join a multi-day guided walk with World Expeditions. For five days you'll be based at a bush camp in the upper Piccaninny Gorge and enjoy daily exploratory walks, finishing your week with a scenic flight over the region.

See the park's other incredible highlights

In the southern part of Purnululu, hike into the enormous Cathedral Gorge, known for its incredible acoustics. Test out your vocal cords, then tackle the trail to Piccaninny Creek, a three-kilometre (1.8 mile) return loop. Experienced walkers can take on the Piccaninny Gorge, a 30-kilometre (18.6 mile) overnight trek. You can spend days exploring this remote trail to the spectacular gorge; you must register at the visitors centre before departing. In northern Purnululu the narrower gorges offer a completely different experience. An easy two-kilometre (1.2 mile) walk leads into Echidna Chasm. Or try the five-kilometre (3.1 mile) return hike to Mini Palms Gorge, home to clusters of Livistona palms and a traditional Aboriginal fertility cave.

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