Up until recent years, Purnululu National Park was only known to Aboriginal people, then in 1983, a documentary film crew stumbled upon the area, in particular the awe-inspiring Bungle Bungle Range. Four years later, the 240,000-hectare area was named Purnululu National Park. The ‘Bungle Bungles’ are over 350 million years old and continue to play a significant role in Indigenous culture.
Purnululu National Park’s soaring cliffs rise up to 300 metres, and seasonal waterfalls and pools attract tourists to the wonderfully named Piccaninny Gorge, Cathedral Gorge, Mini Palms and Echidna Chasm. The park boasts over 600 plant species including 13 varieties of spinifex – more than anywhere in Australia. Purnululu National Park is also home to over 149 bird species, native reptiles, mammals, and frogs.
Commonly known as 'The Bungles,' this 350-million-year-old sandstone range rises 200 metres above the Ord River Plateau. The Bungle Bungle Range is one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in the world. Its prominent orange and black or grey banded domes appear like beehives on a lush green carpeted landscape.
The range, cut by deep gorges is one of the most outstanding examples of cone karst in sandstone in the world. A scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles is a must-do on any Kimberley tour, and a hike through Purnululu National Park is equally as impressive.
Cathedral Gorge is one of the most popular tours. The gorge is a remarkable red rock formation formed by millions of years of water erosion. The gorge walking trail winds its way through the famous beehives, past sheer rock walls. Cathedral Gorge is aptly named as it features an amazing natural amphitheatre with stunning acoustics that visitors love to test out! During the wet season, a waterfall cascades from the roof of the gorge to form a beautiful pool.
There is so much to discover in this mythical place of natural beauty. Join us on a Bungle Bungle Range Tour or Purnululu National Park Tour with Fun Over 50 Holidays.
Located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Purnululu National Park is a remote wilderness area 150 kilometres northeast of Halls Creek and 300 kilometres from Kununurra. Purnululu was listed as a World Heritage site in 2003, and its Bungle Bungle Range has since become one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Australia, if not the world.
The Traditional Custodians of Purnululu National Park are the Gija and Jaru people. Visitors can take several Purnululu National Park walking tours with local aboriginal guides who maintain an important historic and cultural connection to this ancient landscape.
The best time to visit Purnululu National Park is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to September. This period offers more favourable weather conditions and easier access to the park's attractions. September is also the month when wildflowers begin to bloom, adding vibrant colours to the landscape. The park is still relatively busy, but the visitor numbers start to decrease compared to the peak months.
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