In the far north west of Western Australia, the Bungle Bungle are within the Purnululu National Park, which lies around 250 kilometres south of Kurramurra and 100 km north of Halls Creek. The park can be accessed by four-wheel-drive and helicopter or join an organised tour.
The Bungle Bungle is home to a caravan and camping park as well as a wilderness lodge offering various types of cabins, while tour operators offer bush camping experiences for the outdoor enthusiasts.
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The striking Bungle Bungle Range was only "discovered" in 1983. Purnululu National Park was established in 1987 and declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. The unique range is composed of grey and orange banded 'beehive' shaped sandstone domes and is arguably the most amazing and spectacular geological landmark in Australia.
Nestled amongst the Bungles is the massive natural amphitheater of Cathedral Gorge, renowned for its acoustics, Mini Palms Gorge, with its primaeval vista of ancient palms and Echidna Chasm, a valley ending in immense stone walls, less than a metre apart, that glow in stunning displays of color.
The best time to visit the park is when it reopens in April, after the wet season. During the dry, a well stocked 4WD is needed to gain access to the park's walking track hubs, though aerial tours over this magnificent area are worthwhile year-round. Not for the faint of heart, the Bungle Bungle is a true wilderness and if you don't mind walking up dry creek beds and clambering over the occasional boulder, hikes such as the beautiful and rewarding Piccaninny Creek Walk offer an unforgettable experience.
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