The Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park are an icon of Western Australia and a highlight of any trip to The Kimberley. Here’s why you should visit.
1. Those beehive structures
The Bungle Bungles is basically a swarm of giant beehives gathering in clusters across a vast outback landscape, the result of 350-million years’ worth of erosion. These huge monoliths create gorges, gullies and caves just waiting to be explored.
2. Ancient red escarpments
The drive into Purnululu National Park is one of the most stunning you’ll find anywhere in The Kimberley, and that’s thanks to the breathtaking ochre escarpments in the north of the national park. Their rusted red colour palate contrasts vibrantly against lush green spinifex grass, creating a dramatic landscape that will live on in your photo albums (and your heart) for years to come.
3. Gorgeous walks to caves and hidden desert oases
There are heaps of walks you can embark on at the Bungle Bungles, ranging from easy hour-long strolls between the beehives to epic overnight camping treks that take you to hidden desert oases unreachable except on foot.
4. Take a scenic flight
While Aboriginal people have lived here for 40,000 years this magical landscape was unknown to the outside world until the early ‘80s, when a documentary film crew happened upon it from the air. Imagine their wonder as they took in this intricate maze of dome-shaped monoliths scattered across the landscape. Still today, the best way to take in the full scale of the Bungle Bungles is from the air.
5. Incredible camping
There’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars in the thick of one of Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas. Roast marshmallows by the fire as the balmy tropical air drops a couple of degrees and wake to see the sunrise setting this ancient landscape ablaze in hues of purple, green and red.