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Located in the east Kimberley region close to the border with the Northern Territory is the Purnululu National Park, home to a geological landmark and outstanding example of cone karst in sandstones, the Bungle Bungle Range.

Often just referred to as the Bungle Bungle, the face of the park is the beehive-shaped cone towers that have been formed over 20 millions years, an impressive sight and internationally renown among Australia’s many attractions.

Composed of Devonian-age quartz sandstone, that have eroded into steeply sloping surfaces are distinctly marked by regular banding of horizontal orange and dark-grey cyanobacterial crust (single-celled photosynthetic organisms).

The magnificence of the Bungle Bungle Range is all the more remarkable during the different seasonal changes such as the colour transition that follows rain. The intricate maze of eroded sandstone towers is accentuated by the narrow, sheer gorges that soar up to 250 metres high, and lined with Livistona fan palms. The resulting waterfalls and pools with evocative names such as Echidna Chasm, Frog Hole, Cathedral Gorges and Piccaninny provide a unique experience for visitors.

Access
The turn-off to the park is 250 km south of Kununurra or 109 km north of Halls Creek.. The park access road is accessible only by 4WD vehicles.

Facilities
There are camp sites at Walardi or Kurrajong Camp, both sites have toilets and water. Petrol and supplies are available from Turkey Creek on the Great Northern Highway.

Source: NatureBase, Department of Conservation and Land Management
- now the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)

For further information visit the CALM website or contact the following:

Information Centre

Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Kimberley Regional Office

Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park Attractions

Walks
• Cathedral Gorge is the most visited site, offering a fairly easy walk.
• Picaninny Creek and Gorge takes a couple of days and a backpack to explore. You must advise a ranger before setting out.
• Echidna Chasm is a narrow gorge on the northern side, and is totally different from those on the southern side.
Scenic Flights
There are helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft scenic flights from within the park or from Halls Creek, Kununurra or Warmun.
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