About the Kimberley
• The Kimberley in Australia is one of the last true
wilderness areas on Earth, with rustic unique outback landscapes
and landmarks billions of years in the making. Covering app 423,000
square kilometres in north Western Australia and with a population
of less than 40,000 people, it’s here you’ll encounter some of
the most extraordinary outback adventuresand folks in Australia.
Discover ancient gorge country with hikes and trekking a must
in planning your Kimberley vacation to enormous cattle stations,
pristine coastline and sandy beaches, to one of the oldest cultures
on the planet and the world’s only horizontal waterfalls.
About Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
The Bungle Bungle Range is renowned for its striking sandstone
domes, striped with orange and grey bands. Purnululu is the name
given to the sandstone area by Aboriginal people and covers an
area of almost 240,000 hectares. The Bungle Bungle has been a
tourist destination since 1983 and was granted World Heritage
status in 2003. Covering almost 240,000 hectares, the area has
long been used by Indigenous people during the wet season, when
plant and animal life was abundant. Yet the Bungle Bungle Range
remained hidden from the outside world until 1983, surely making
it one of the best kept secrets in history.
Access to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
Access Purnululu is open from the 1 April until mid December
depending on weather conditions. The park may also be temporarily
closed due to fires or unseasonal rain. Access is restricted to
4wd access only and only single axle, off - road trailers with
high clearance are permitted.
2wd vehicles are not permitted in the Park.
Visitors must register at the DEC Visitor Centre on arrival.
The Bungle Bungle Range Are an estimated 360 million years old.
Rise over 200 metres high.
Formed during the Devonian age.
Carved over 20 million years through erosional forces.
The grey banding is formed by cyanobacteria.
The orange banding is the result of oxidised iron compounds within
Stay overnight in the park and you'll discover the ultimate outback
adventure. Hike into the Bungle Bungle Range to Cathedral Gorge,
Echidna Chasm and other hidden gems. Take a four wheel drive safari.
Camp out under the stars. Or immerse yourself in over 20,000 years
of Indigenous culture
There are two DEC campsites with basic amenities such as bush
toilets, water and firewood.
Visitors are advised to boil water prior to drinking
Campsites are non-powered.
Tour companies operate within the park offering a range guided
walks, 4wd transfers safari stays, accommodation and helicopter
Scenic fixed wing flights are available from Kununurra and Warmun.
Take in the full spectacle of these curious beehive domes on a
scenic flight from Kununurra or Broome, or an open-door helicopter
flight from within Purnululu itself.
All tours can be booked through the Kununurra Visitor Centre.
© source | courtesy of visitkununurra.com
The drive from Turkey Creek to the Bungle Bungle
Travelling times and distances from Purnululu National Park
Airstrip and helipad - Distance: 18km Time: 30min
Bellburn - Distance: 15km Time: 25min
Echidna Chasm carpark - Distance: 20km Time: 35min
Kurrajong campground - Distance: 7km Time: 15min
Mini Palms carpark - Distance: 19km Time: 30min
Piccaninny Creek carpark - Distance: 27km Time:
(Cathedral Gorge and beehive domes) Visitor centre to highway
- Distance: 53km Time: 2–3hrs - we say allow 4-5
hours minimum depending on weather and road conditions.
Walardi campground - Distance: 12km Time: 20min
Walanginjdji lookout - Distance: 3km Time: 10min
Bellburn - Distance: 15km Time: 25min
* Bellburn is a commercial campground that must be booked in advance.
Contact the Kununurra Visitor Centre on (08) 9168 1177
See map of the walks and park at ©
source | courtesy of kimberleywilderness.com.au
Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
About the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
Bungle Bungle Caravan Park was established two years ago on Mabel
Downs Station towards the turnoff to Purnululu National Park and
the Bungle Bungle Range. We offer a secure and comfortable alternative
to free camps allowing you to visit the wonders of the National
Park safe in the knowledge that your caravan/motorhome and gear
is safe and secure. Bungle Bungle Caravan Park is a true Kimberley
bush experience with a great family atmosphere. The community
camp fire each evening is a fantastic place to swap stories with
your fellow travellers from all over Australia and the world and
is enjoyed by all. Staying at the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park gives
you the chance to see the Bungle Bungles in a way that has never
been done before by starting your visit closer than ever before
to the Bungles. This cuts down on the travel time to the Bungle
Bungles giving you more time to enjoy the wonders the region has
to offer. We have years of experience in running tours in the
Broome and Kimberley Region. Let us guide you to an Outback experience
you will remember forever.
Caravan and Motorhome at Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
Sites Bungle Bungle Caravan Park allows caravanners and Motorhomers
to set up close to the Bungle Bungles and enjoy the wonders this
region has to offer. We have ample un-powered site space available,
and limited powered sites. Powered sites use 15 amp plugs however
they are restricted to 10 amps output. Generally this means you
can power a fridge and airconditioner, however, if you want to
use a microwave or electric kettle you will need to turn the airconditioner
off first. We generate our own power at enormous cost so our power
is limited. Check-in 2pm – Check-out 10am Dinner and/or breakfast
will be charged at a additional fee of $25 per person per meal
on request. Dinner and breakfast are served at the boma. We can
put together a tour package for you, including 4WD bus Bungles
day tour, helicopter or fixed wing Bungles flights, and a 4WD
Mabel Downs Station tour.
Bungle Bungle Camping Grounds at Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
Bungle Bungle Caravan Park allows campers to set up close to the
Bungle Bungles and enjoy the wonders this region has to offer.
We have ample camping space for you to get at one with nature.
Check in 2pm and check out 10am the next morning. Dinner and/or
breakfast will be charged at a additional fee of $25 per person
per meal on request. Dinner and breakfast are served at the boma.
We can put together a tour package for you, including 4WD bus
Bungles day tour, helicopter or fixed wing Bungles flights, and
a 4WD Mabel Downs Station tour.
Safari Tents at Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
Safari Tents Our unique custom made Safari Tents are available
either as a standard tent without private facilities, or with
full en-suite facilities. Check in 2pm – Check out 10am. Dinner
and/or breakfast will be charged at an additional fee of $25 per
person per meal on request. Dinner and breakfast are served at
the boma. We can put together a tour package for you, including
4WD bus Bungles day tour, helicopter or fixed wing Bungles flights,
and a 4WD Mabel Downs Station tour. ©
source | courtesy of bunglebunglecaravanpark.com.au
Mabel Downs Cattle Station - The nearest more populous place
is the village of Warmun (Turkey Creek) which is 19km away with
a population of around 320.
Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (APT)
Self-Drive Wilderness Camp Accommodation? Our network
of exclusive Wilderness Lodges are designed for you to enjoy a
unique experience in some of the most remote regions of the Kimberley,
without compromising your comfort. Our Wilderness Lodges feature
permanent and sturdy tented cabins on a raised wooden floor with
private ensuites. A range of Standard and Superior tented cabins
feature twin or king beds, spacious ensuites with hot showers
and flushing toilets, and a private front deck. Our Wilderness
Lodges also feature low voltage night lighting and solar powered
hot water throughout the camp. Bungle
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What's a (optional check at booking) standard meal at Bungle
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When is the Kimberley at its best?
April through to October are the most pleasant months to
travel through the remote Kimberley region.
In April/May and September/October the weather is fine and hot
with mild nights (average maximum 33 degrees Celsius).
From June to August the days are fine and warm with cold nights
(average maximum 29 degrees Celsius).
Are the Wilderness Lodges licensed to sell alcohol? Our
Wilderness Lodges are licensed to sell alcohol with the exception
of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. They stock a range of alcoholic
beverage for purchase, allowing you to enjoy a pre or post-dinner
drink (to guests over 18 years-of-age).
Activities and things to do in Purnululu National Park
Purnululu National Park
To enter the Bungles requires a two to four hour, 52 kilometres,
four wheel drive journey depending on road conditions, river crossing
and seasonal conditions
Or take a flight in by helicopter from Bungle Bungle Caravan
Park or small plane from Kununurra.
The Bungles are a hub of walks including Mini Palms, Echidna
Chasm, Piccaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge (including Beehives
There are scenic gorges like Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Gorge;
the latter is best taken as an overnight walk, 30 kilometres in
total, with sleeping in the open. Echidna Chasm is an easier walk,
about 2 kilometres, a narrow gorge with walls towering 100 metres
and adorned with tall palms. Echidna Chasm is one of the most
pristine and mysterious places of Western Australia.
Walking in the park
Walking tracks are the best way to explore the features of
the Bungle Bungle Range. There are a variety of options from short
strolls to an overnight hike. Trails are generally unmodified
and rocky. Wear sturdy footwear.
Temperatures can get very HOT at times, reaching 50°C.
Carry plenty of water (up to four litres per person per day)
and dress for the heat.
Walk in the early morning or late afternoon.
The following three walks are from Piccaninny Creek car park,
a 27 km drive south of the visitor centre.
The Domes walk
This is an easy one-km loop walk winding around banded domes
towering majestically around you. Allow 30 minutes.
Cathedral Gorge walk
This is a moderate three-four-km return walk with short steep
slopes and narrow ledges. Allow one to two hours’ walking through
striped domes, pebbles and potholes, towering cliffs and honeycomb
rocks that lead to an amphitheatre. The moderate four kilometre
return Cathedral Gorge walk trail is located in Cathedral Gorge,
an astonishing geological formation with amazing acoustics, located
within the ranges of Purnululu National Park or the Bungle Bungle
Ranges. The Top Trail features unusual bee hive striped formations
and deep gorges, making it one of the most fascinating geological
landmarks and one of two World Heritage sites in Western Australia.
From Piccaninny car park, the walk winds its way through the iconic
bee hives, heading down between two walls of rock before opening
up into Cathedral Gorge. Water pounding through here in the wet
season has created a huge amphitheatre of red rock with a pool
of water in the middle (bring a wide angle lens for your camera).
The acoustics are so good that music has been played within the
gorge. On the return journey to the car park be sure to take the
alternative route through the beehives.
Piccaninny Gorge walk
This two to seven-day hike is into a remote and magnificent gorge,
with a spur track leading to a lookout over domes and spinifex-covered
grasslands. The first seven km are relatively easy. It then becomes
moderately difficult because walkers will have to negotiate fallen
boulders and loose rocks. Walkers must be prepared and take all
the appropriate safety equipment. There is no reliable drinking
water in the gorge.
Echidna Chasm walk
This is a moderate two-km walk with a challenging short climb
near the end. Allow 45 minutes to an hour. Experience a spectacular
200 m chasm with varying colour hues. A short walk off the main
trail takes you to a lookout with magnificent views of the Osmand
Mini Palms walk
This is a moderately challenging five-km return walk with some
steep slopes, including negotiating large fallen rocks. Allow
two to three hours. It features soaring cliffs, livistona palms,
two viewing platforms and an amphitheatre far below.
The lookout has panoramic 360 degree views of spinifex-covered
ridges and the western escarpment of the Bungle Bungle Range.
Colour variations are exceptional at sunset and sunrise.
source | courtesy of kimberleywilderness.com.au
The China Wall is a natural white stone wall which looks just
like a miniature ‘Great Wall of China’. It is located just outside
of the town of Halls Creek, and is a great stop off for a picnic
lunch. Enjoy a swim in the shady stream below before exploring
this interesting limestone formation, which features a vein of
white quartz. The wall rises from the creek up over the hill,
and you can see it in the distance as it winds its way over the
rugged landscape for fifteen kilometres. It has a beautiful outlook
and certainly makes an interesting photograph. Halls Creek is
a seven hour drive from Broome. Old Halls Creek is a 15 minute
drive from the new township. Camping is available at Old Halls
Creek, and it is a popular overnight stop midway between Derby
Old Halls Creek
Old Halls Creek is a picturesque deserted township where the ruins
of several old mud brick buildings remain as testament to what
was once a booming town, with a population of over 3,000 people.
Check out the fascinating ruins of the old Post Office and wander
through the old cemetery. Enjoy a picnic and a swim at Black Elvire
River and soak up the tranquil surrounds. Try your hand at prospecting
for gold in what was the site of Western Australia’s first main
gold rush in 1885. Local prospectors still find gold there today.
In 1955, the Halls Creek town site relocated 15 kilometres to
the northwest, to less rugged terrain and adjacent to the then
newly constructed Great Northern Highway. There is a small caravan
park in the old township which offers basic accommodation. Halls
Creek is a seven hour drive east of Broome or four hours from
Kununurra. The drive from Halls Creek out to Old Halls Creek is
an enjoyable journey with some lovely scenery along the way. There
are a number of creek crossings where care should be taken.
The mighty Ord River near Kununurra in the Kimberley region is
one of Western Australia's most scenic and significant waterways.
At various points along its length you can go cruising and canoeing
between stunning gorges, see crocodiles and amazing birdlife,
catch an elusive barramundi, go swimming and jet skiing. It's
not surprising that the Aboriginal meaning for the word Kununurra
is "big waters" or the "meeting of the waters". There are two
man-made barriers which regulate the flow of water. The Diversion
Dam, which is a short drive from Kununurra, allows water to be
diverted to farms. Below the dam the river flows to the Cambridge
Gulf. This is one of the best places to go barramundi fishing
- but keep a watch out for saltwater crocodiles! Above the Diversion
Dam Lake Kununurra is formed and is popular for all manner of
water sports. The stretch of water between the Diversion Dam and
the dam wall at Lake Argyle passes through Carlton Gorge with
its magnificent cliffs and rock overhangs. Created by the Ord
River dam, massive Lake Argyle is the biggest man made lake in
Australia. There are boat, fishing and canoe tours of the Ord
source | courtesy of westernaustralia.com
Turkey Creek Roadhouse - from Kununurra or from Halls
Turkey Creek Roadhouse service, food, fuel, accommodation, Warmun
... a friendly rest-stop between Kununurra
and Halls Creek.
Warmun Roadhouse Caravan Park and Motel, +61 8 91687882 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mostly shaded powered sites with a shower block and grassed areas
around a swimming pool to make things comfortable. A secure caravan
storage compound is available if you want to leave it behind while
roughing it in Purnululu. Self contained donga style units with
double and single beds are the epitome of basic, but it will have
to do if you didn't bring your own accommodation. Sites start
from $20-$28; Rooms start from $50-$135.