Purnululu National Park (The Bungle Bungles)

28 06 2014
Purnululu National Park - The Bungle Bungle Ranges

Purnululu National Park – The Bungle Bungle Ranges

Four nights in Purnululu National Park or otherwise known as The Bungle Bungles just wasn’t long enough. There are so many walks and diversity that I feel a week to explore with some down time at camp would be perfect.

The name “Purnululu” means sandstone in Kija (one of the Aboriginal languages of the area). “Bungle Bungle” comes either from a corruption of the Aboriginal name “Purnululu” or from a misspelling of one of the common Kimberley grasses, Bundle Bundle grass.

Most people like to see the Bungle Bungle ranges from the air but let me tell you they are worth seeing from the ground too! Don’t ever get talked into not seeing it as the air is the “only way”. The bee hive striped mounds are majestic and seeing from ground level gives you a different perspective of their grandness.

We did two walks during our stay, Echidnas Chasm and The Cathedral, both of which were relatively short and completely different.

Our camp had a resident blue winged kookaburra who waited patiently everyday for a snack and we enjoyed the company of Rob & Beth the camp hosts. Damper with them being a highlight with fresh cream and jam. It was a treat to have camp fires again. The National Park supplies the wood, which is rationed as it has “travelled a long way”. The wood starts out in Perth, chopped by the prisoners, then sent to Fremantle, shipped to Wyndham, trucked to the National Park, trucked further on to the camp and then chopped again by Rob!

Purnululu is beautiful, it is breathtaking, it is well worth a stay! This is definitely one of my most favourite locations to date we have visited.

On a logistical note – you need to pre-book your camping on-line. You must have a 4WD to access the National Park as there are some river crossings. The National Park closes during the wet season as the rivers would be impassible not to mentioned the heat. The 53km drive in does take approximately 2 hours plus (especially if towing).

Our resident Blue Winged Kookaburra

Our resident Blue Winged Kookaburra

The Cathedral Walk

The Cathedral Walk

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Enjoying The Cathedral

Echidna's Chasm Walk

Echidna’s Chasm Walk

The beginning of Echidna's Chasm walk amongst the palms

The beginning of Echidna’s Chasm walk amongst the palms

Walking through the chasm of darkness into the light

Walking through the chasm of darkness into the light

Spinifex

Spinifex

The different colours as the sunsets….

The different colours as the sunsets….

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3 responses

18 07 2014
Aaron

This looks like an incredible place. What was your favorite part of the national park? I’ve been spending a lot of time reading up on the kimberley; we are heading up there next year!

22 07 2014
Hit the Track

Awesome! You will love it 🙂
My favourite part of the Bungles would be the “beehive” striped mounds down the south end but its all good!! Definitely worth giving it a few days in your itinerary.

22 07 2014
Aaron Schubert

Noted, thanks a lot!

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