Buried deep in the Kimberley, the sandstone domes of the Bungle Bungles Range in Purnululu National Park were carved by nature more then 350 million years ago, revered by the traditional custodians of the land for 40,000 years, yet were only “discovered” by the outside world in 1983 – just 32 years ago.
For decades the Bungle Bungle Range was Australia‘s best kept secret, smack bang in the middle of not much else in Western Australia’s inconceivably vast outback. Since a documentary crew shone a light on the natural wonder in the ’80s, the Bungle Bungle has become a reasonably popular travel destination, but the remote wilderness of where they rest means that the site is still unfamiliar to many Australians.
Though the exit to the bulking bee-hive shaped structures that make up the mountain ranges is now easily accessible via a highway, the 50-kilometre narrow and unpaved road to reach the park entrance is still only drivable with a 4WD.
The journey sure is worth it, though. The mountain range and park are stunning from which ever angle you choose to view them – you can 4WD, overnight hike, camp or even take a scenic helicopter flight to see the ranges from above.
For shorter visits, the hike into the Cathedral Gorge is a short and easy return walk in the southern part of the park that leads you to an epic huge natural amphitheatre. Test out the acoustics with your best rendition of ‘Great Southern Land’.
(Lead image: Robyn Jay/Flickr)