Purnululu National Park
With its iconic rock formations – rounded domes gaudily striped orange and black – Purnululu is one of Australia’s must-see national parks. Many people only view it from the air, catching a scenic flight from Kununurra, but from the ground the landscape comes alive with Mertens monitors and frisky rockhole frogs swimming through waterholes, and myriad birds such as red-backed fairy wrens. Visitors to this World Heritage area are restricted to just a few special walks, but if you do not mind carrying a pack, head off for a few days up Piccaninny Gorge. There are no facilities up the gorge but you can explore the canyons, swim in beautiful, remote waterholes and marvel at the natural wonders of this special place. Access to Purnululu is by 4WD or plane and there are two public camping areas. One of the nicest safari-camp-style places you can stay anywhere, with great food and facilities, is APT’s Bungle Bungle Wilderness Camp. Some tents have their own ensuites (with flushing toilets) and the camp runs on solar power. The Victorian-based APT can organise your flights and tours into Purnululu as well.
Just across the road from APT’s camp is the Bungle Bungle Bushcamp, run by East Kimberley Tours, the first major tour operator in the area. This camp also has strict environmental policies.
APT: (03) 9277 8444 or 1300 656 985
- Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, National park
- The Bungle Bungles – Purnululu National Park, Natural Wonders, Natural Wonders