Purnululu National Park
Visiting the Purnululu National Park is a magical experience that you are likely to ever forget. Although the Bungle Bungle range dates back to around 350 million years and the area was known and used quite extensively by the surrounding Aboriginal tribes, the Bungle Bungles were actually only discovered in the late 1980’s, thus giving some idea of the remoteness and of the area from both the ground and the air.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Purnululu National Park park is the magnificent sandstone bee-hive like formations of the Bungle Bungle ranges, which has drawn and captivated many of its visitors since 1987, when Purnululu was first recognized as a national park.
The area is only accessible by large 4WD vehicles due to the condition of the tracks, making for one bumpy 4×4 adventure. It is important that if you are planning a trip to Purnululu National Park that you travel well prepared, making sure you have all the necessary safety equipment needed to get yourself out of trouble ( such as snatch strap, winch, spare tyres and hoses etc ) It is also vital that you bring an adequate supply of water and food. You must also ensure that you have a well stocked first aid kit for the journey as the rangers station is a 5 hour trip from Kununurra and 4 hours from Halls Creek – so it is very important that you are prepared for any situation that may arise.
If you feel the need to stretch your legs and take in some of Purnululu National Parks sights there are marked walking trails provided. Please keep to the marked trails when walking in Purnululu National Park to help preserve the beauty and natural state of these ancient historical ranges. Find a spot to set up your tent in one of the two public camping areas available within the Park and experience the wilderness of the Purnululu National Park. Please note that camp trailers and caravans are unable to access the area due to the poor road conditions.
The Purnululu National Park requires a $10 entry fee and is only open annually from April to December, so now is the perfect time to pack the 4×4 and set off on an Australian 4WD and camping adventure of a lifetime.
Things to do and see…
- 4WD – discover the world of the unknown amongst the Bungle Bungle ranges. Follow the tracks that lead to the hidden beauty of outback Australia.
- Aboriginal History – discover the ancient Aboriginal artefacts such as rock art. Immerse yourself in the ancient lands and the magnificent history of the ranges and the Aboriginal people of Australia.
- Bushwalking/hiking – take one of the wonderful walking trails that lead you amongst the ranges.and enjoy the tranquility of the Bungle Bungle range.
- Camping – 2 public camping areas with basic facilities.
250 km south of Kununurra or 109 km north of Halls Creek.