The unique landscape of the Kimberley sees visitors return again and again to discover the stunning sights of this ancient region. One of the attractions that you’ve probably heard of (and maybe even seen!) is the incredible Bungle Bungle range which is always one of the most popular destinations for people heading out on Kimberley tours. Let’s take a look at what makes the Bungle Bungle range so special.
Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungle range is located in Purnululu National Park, or Bungle Bungles as they’re commonly known, which was established in 1987. Situated around 300 kilometres from Kununurra, with May to September being the best time to visit, the access road from the highway is closed during the wet season. The Bungle Bungle range began to get international attention in 1983 when a visiting film crew came across the spectacle. In 2003, Purnululu National Park was listed as a World Heritage Area.
There’s no chance of you missing the Bungle Bungles thanks to their distinctive appearance. The massive, beehive-like structures are made up of striped layers featuring different shades of orange, black and grey. The towers are made of sandstone and conglomerates and the individual layers of the sandstone are different colours due to the differences in the sandstone. Some layers are orange due to iron deposits, while the grey and black layers are due to algae. Incredibly, the layers of the towers can change colour following rain. Visitors spend hours walking around the maze of towers which make up the Bungle Bungles and it truly offers a unique experience. For a completely different perspective, you can also opt for a scenic flight over the range.
History of the Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungle range dates back 360 million years when it was formed by sand and gravel deposits during the Devonian period. Over time, the sand and gravel compacted and formed limestone. The Bungle Bungles continued to form over the next 60 million and it’s incredible to imagine that the landscape was once flat. Over millions of years, the sandstone has eroded away from wind and rain to reveal the distinctive towers of the Bungle Bungles. Although the area only received widespread attention in 1983, it has been culturally significant for the traditional Aboriginal land owners for thousands of years.
At Broome, Kimberley & Beyond, we make sure that your Kimberley escape is just as incredible as you hoped. We offer a range of Kimberley tour packages to suit everyone, whether you want an action packed holiday or just a day trip. You’ll be able to experience everything Broome or Kununurra have to offer, while also venturing out in the rugged wilderness of the Kimberley. Are you ready for your Kimberley adventure?
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