A Breathtaking Treasure
Unspoilt and breathtaking in every sense of the word, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle) is a site of international significance on the United Nations World Heritage List.
The name Purnululu comes from the Aboriginal Gija people, meaning ‘fretting sands’. The origin of the name (often referred to as the Bungle Bungles) is not known, although some have suggested that is a reference to Bundle Bundle, a Kimberley grass.
East Kimberley Tours are licensed to operate both tours and accommodation, enabling you to experience the beehive domes, narrow gorges lined with magnificent fan palms, soaring cliffs, seasonal waterfalls and rock pools as part of a fly-in fly-out tour from Kununurra. The thriving town of Kununurra (a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘big water’) provides the ideal base for your Kimberley adventure.
At the northern end of the Park major attractions include Echidna Chasm and Mini Palm Gorges while to the south you can explore Piccaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge.
The Djaru and Gija Aboriginal people are the custodians of Purnululu National Park and most of their activities revolve around the Ord River and nearby waterholes. The area is extremely important spiritually to the local people and includes sites that feature rock art, hand stencils and ochre grindings.
Driving from Kununurra can take up to 6 hours – 3 hours from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungle turn-off and a further 53km drive into the Park that can take up to an additional 3 hours on the 4WD-only access track.
Touring options from Kununurra with East Kimberley Tours are by scenic aircraft and 4WD, touring Lake Argyle, the Ord River, Osmand Ranges, Lissadell and Texas Downs Stations. The scenery is awe-inspiring.
If you are making your own way to Purnululu you can still book a night or two with the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge. Either in self-catered accommodation or Dinner, Bed and Breakfast provided – you’re come this far, why not enjoy it?