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The Bungle Bungle Range at Purnululu National Park

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by Fiona (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer currently travelling Australia. We all have to see the land we call home.
Published March 19th 2014
That is one Big Bungle Bungle Beehive
The Bungle Bungles, Western Australia, Purnululu National Park
Purnululu National Park


World Heritage listed and spanning 240,000 square kilometres, it is a wonder so many people have either not been to or even heard of Purnululu National Park.

Located 300km south of the nearest populated centre, Kununurra, the conservation reserve is home to the infamous Bungle Bungle Range, as well as spectacular gorges and chasms.

Bungle Bungle Granite formations The Pinnacles
Beehive Granite formations:The Pinnacles.


The Bungle Bungle Range itself is comprised of distinctive dome shaped rock formations. These rock formations are made of sandstone, and conglomerates {which are rocks, pebbles and boulders cemented together by finer materials} that were deposited into the Ord Basin approximately 350 million years ago.

The strange hump like formations you now see formed after millions of years of rainfall, wind and the process of weathering where water invades existing cracks in the rock and causes changes in the rocks as it expands due to dropping temperatures. The black and orange stripes on the magnificent bee hive shaped domes are caused by a biological process of a photosynthetic organism, cyanobacteria. Essentially, where you see the black bands is where the bacteria are present.



Of course, these curious rock formations are not the only attraction at Purnululu National Park. With many walking tracks open to visitors it is easy to access a number of spectacular rock formations including Echidna Chasm, Mini Palms and Cathedral Gorge.

During wet season the gorges and chasms fill with water creating thriving ecosystem and a spectacular landscape including waterfalls. At this time the area can only be viewed by air.

Bungle Bungle Granite formations Echidna Chasm
Echidna Chasm


If you are visiting the Purnululu National Park, be sure to be properly prepared. With excessive temperatures,often reaching 50 degrees, as you venture out into the rocky terrain water, sun protection and light clothing are a must. If possible, plan your walks in the cooler part of the day in the morning. Having said that, most walks are easily accessible and easy grades, however, strong hiking boots will be necessary due to unstable and uneven walking surfaces.

Cathedral Gorge, a cool respite from the searing heat. Purnululu National Park,
Cathedral Gorge
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Why? A massive park filled with spectacular rock formations
When: On foot during dry season, by air during wet.
Where: Purnululu National Park
Your Comment
The light coming through that chasm makes it look so beautiful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11138) 1170 days ago
The photographs are stunning. What a beautiful country Australia is, and so much to explore. Good on yourfgor being a traveler and a writer.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1170 days ago
What an inspiring article and I love your photos too.
by Lucy H (score: 3|1127) 1170 days ago
Some of these images are incredible, nice work.
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