The Kimberley is Calling: The Bungle Bungle
Where: Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park, Western Australia
How to get here: Drive to the Kimberley in your own vehicle or there are direct flights into Kununurra from Darwin, Perth and Broome. The Bungle Bungle is a half day drive from Kununurra, or one hour scenic flight with Aviair.
Highlights: There are five main attractions in the national park; the iconic Bungle Bungle behive-shaped striped domes, Cathedral Gorge. Echidna Chasm, Mini Palms and Piccaninny Gorge.
Where to stay: Dinner, bed and breakfast packages at Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge offer a sense of comfort in the middle of the outback. Temperatures drop to near-zero over the dry season, so hotel-quality bedding, heated showers, an outdoor fire pit and hot coffee in the morning are a nice treat! The lodge is home to the only pool in Purnululu National Park, which is ideal after a day exploring, then retreat by the licensed 'Bungles Bar' as the sun goes down. Enjoy chef-prepared meals infused with native herbs and spices, as you dine under the stars in a region famed for its clear night skies.
What to do: Guided walking tours are not usually my thing, although I am glad to have joined a Bungle Bungle Guided Tours trip as the amount of information you learn on the cultural significance of the region and facts on flora / fauna are so fascinating! The company run tours to the Domes & Cathedral Gorge as well as Echidna Chasm in the north. For something more unique, opt for the Piccaninny Gorge Heli Hike which takes you to a part of the national park where few people have ever been before.
See the region from above for the ultimate adventure in Purnululu National Park, on a Bungle Bungle helicopter flight with HeliSpirit. This is my favourite way to explore any unique landscape, and I loved that they fly with the doors off here! Much better for photographing and you really feel close to nature.
Have a look through some photos from my time in the Bungle Bungle below...
Mini Palms, Northern End of Purnululu National Park
Piccaninny Creek, Bungle Bungle Domes, Southern End, Purnululu National Park
Helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle with HeliSpirit.
Cathedral Gorge, Southern End, Purnululu National Park
Echidna Chasm, Northern End of Purnululu National Park
Photos supplied: Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge
Photo supplied: Bungle Bungle Guided Tours