In the northeastern corner of Western Australia, the Bungle Bungle Range is a top natural feature in Purnululu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beehive-shaped striped sandstone domes for which the area is now famous were known only to the local Aboriginal people until they were “discovered” by a film crew in the 1980s.
The Bungle Bungles are more easily accessed by air than by vehicle, so many tours take place via helicopter or plane. Tours from Kununurra often fly over Bungle Bungles and land in the park to explore Domes Walk and see natural attractions such as Cathedral Gorge on foot. Alternatively, join an adventure tour or drive yourself into the park for a remote camping experience. Walks and hikes include Piccaninny Creek, Mini Palms, and Echidna Chasm.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Bungle Bungles are ideal for geology buffs and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.
- If staying at one of the two campgrounds, you must bring in all your food and water.
- Entering the park requires a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to access the rugged track.
- There is a visitor center and ranger station at the park entrance, where a per-vehicle fee is charged.
- Bring plenty of sun protection and water to stay hydrated.
How to Get There
The turnoff to Bungle Bungles is 150 miles (250 kilometers) south of Kununurra along Great Northern Highway, a 2.5- to 3-hour drive. After turning onto the 4WD-only Spring Creek Track, it’s another 33 miles (53 kilometers) to reach the park entrance. Give yourself plenty of time, as you don’t want to rush along the rough, unpaved road.
When to Get There
The park and visitor center are open during the dry season only—typically April to October or November. During wet months, the park can only be seen from the air. May offers the best scenery and weather, as long as the rains have ended. The peak visitor season is June to August, the coolest months.
For a fuller appreciation of the Bungle Bungles, tap into the park’s Aboriginal history and significance by taking a tour with an Aboriginal guide. It is believed that Aboriginal people have lived here for tens of thousands of years, and the park contains ancient rock art, burial sites, and other remnants of indigenous Australian life. Tours with an indigenous guide provide a chance to learn about local customs, native plant life, and more.