Bungle Bungles Tourism & Travel
Bungle Bungles Australia
The Bungle Bugle massif is located in the Purnululu National Park and was created at the same time as most of the Kimberley scenery, around 350 million years ago. A scenic flight is the best way to gain a perspective of its massive size. In fact twice as many people see the massif by air than those who visit by road. However, the venture in by 4WD is well worth the effort.
These tiger-striped, beehive-shaped sandstone domes rise 300m out of the arid landscape in a 320,000ha protected area that is Bungle Bungle National Park.
Bungle Bungle History
Purnululu National Park the Bungle Bungle Ranges was discovered by white men only in the 1980s late twentieth century! and ground access into the extremely remote range was almost never achieved.
Clearly visible from the air, but without tracks or trails, it took the pioneering ingenuity of an East Kimberley family man: a spotter plane; sacks of flour; lots of patience and a four wheel drive vehicle to find a reasonable and safe entry into the wonders of the Bungle Bungle Range.
The spotter plane flew low and carried sacks of flour, which were thrown out from the aircraft to mark the most accessible route into the Bungle Bungles. The 4WD vehicle followed the white dusty flour trail through the brilliant red earth and found a way into this most splendid natural creation.
Bungle Bungles Experience
Purnululu is truly one of natures cathedrals and to take a helicopter flight over Purnululu is to understand what awesome means. Experiencing the Bungle Bungles in this way will tell you that no mere camera will ever do it justice please see and feel the Bungle Bungles.
Bungle Bungles Access
The Bungles are a hidden world of magnificent gorges, tropical pools, dramatic caves and Aboriginal rock art 250km south of Kununurra, off the Great Northern Highway.
The access road to the Bungles is unsealed and is only suitable for large 4WD vehicles. The access road is only 55 km long but takes some 3 hours to travel in reasonable conditions.
The Bungle Bungles can be reached by plane or helicopter. Alternatively, a specialist Landcruiser 4WD Self Drive Holiday package from Kununurra or Broome is the perfect way to properly feel the Kimberley: with a couple of nights stopover in the National park; accommodation and meals and an optional helicopter flight available from the remote camp inside the National Park.
The joy of a flight by helicopter or light aircraft will remain with you forever and be a constant reminder of the awesome beauty of the Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley.
Purnululu means sandstone in the tribal language of local Kija Aborigines. The Bungle Bungle Ranges are usually closed to traffic from January to March to protect the fragile sandstone during the Kimberley wet season. Extreme care must be taken to keep to the marked trails when walking through the National Park in order to preserve the fragile, ancient range.
Bungle Bungle Stripes
Over the span of 350 million years, rivers washed sand and pebbles into the area, layer-upon-layer, and the sand was ground finer and harder together until it formed sandstone rock. Strong winds and heavy rains have eroded the sandstone away to form the dome shapes we see today. The Bungle Bungles gain their tiger-stripes from black algae growth that permeates the more porous layers of the rock, and a glossy orange build up of manganese and iron staining. Standing within these domes, you cant even begin to fathom the time it has taken for this process to occur.
Here, gorges, gullies and caves are the products of this evolution; tourists visit the Bungle Bungles in particular for some places of spectacular interest; Piccaninny Creek on the southern edge, a winding 12km gorge within the high walls of the domes.
Cathedral Gorge is a spacious cavern rising high into the sky that will make anything insignificant for that moment in time. The walking tracks at Echidna Chasm run for 1.5 to 3km long and make for an interesting hike along a narrow gorge quite different to the other side.
Permanent waterholes and remnants of tropical rainforest are found at Frog Hole and Mini Palms gorge.
Whichever way you visit the Bungle Bungles, it is imperative to make the Ranger Station aware that you are entering the Bungle Bungles National Park. Please take care, leave no rubbish behind, keep to the trails and never climb on the ancient and fragile sandstone structures of the Bungle Bungle National Park.