The Bungle Bungles – Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungle Range was the Kimberley’s best-kept secret until the early 1980s, known only to local Aboriginal people and a few pastoralists. Filmmaker Guy Baskin included aerial footage of The Bungle Bungles in his television series Wonders of Western Australia and Australians finally became aware of these incredible beehive-shaped rock formations. In 1987 the area was gazetted a national park, and then a World Heritage area in 2003. Aboriginal people, of course, have known about these distinctive banded domes for centuries and traditionally spent time in the area during the wet season, when plant and animal life flourished. Scattered rock art and burial sites, all closed to the public, are tangible evidence of their history.