Purnululu (Bungle Bungle Range)

Purnululu (Bungle Bungle Range), photo by Peter Ruckstuhl
Purnululu (Bungle Bungle Range) (photo by Peter Ruckstuhl)
 

Purnululu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Bungle Bungle Range of Western Australia, and is also known as the Bungles National Park.

The park is famous for the unusual and striking sandstone domes striped with alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers. The grey banding is cyanobacteria which grows on the layers where moisture accumulates. The orange bands are layers of oxidised iron compounds that dry out too quickly for the cyanobacteria to form.

The nearest town is Kununurra.

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Natural Interests tend to be:
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Halls Creek Motel

Halls Creek Motel

Halls Creek Motel offers accommodation in Halls Creek, Western Australia. The property boasts a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue area and an onsite restaurant. Average score from 58 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$170

 
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Kimberley Hotel

Kimberley Hotel

Kimberley Hotel is located next to Halls Creek Airport, just 500 metres from the town centre. The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool and views of the surrounding countryside. The rooms at Hotel Kimberley are surrounded by beautiful grass lawns. Average score from 159 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

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The Station at El Questro

The Station at El Questro

The perfect location as a base for exploring the Kimberly region, The Station at El Questro is home to the Swinging Arm Bar and offers a Saturday night BBQ under the stars. Each of the air-conditioned bungalows offer either garden or river views. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

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Highlights:

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Natural
Geologic Formations
The park is most famous for the unusual and striking sandstone domes striped with alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers. The grey banding is cyanobacteria which grows on the layers where moisture accumulates. The orange bands are layers of oxidised iron compounds that dry out too quickly for the cyanobacteria to form.

The Bungle Bungle Range formation occupies an area of approximately 450 square kilometers (174 sq mi). In addition to its dome hills, it also home to other features such as gorges, rock pools, and fan palm trees in crevices in rocks.
Hiking and Trekking
While there is a road system into the park, the best way to see the Bungle Bungle Range is by hiking. Trails follow sandstone domes, creeks, and other natural features of this unique area. The two basic campgrounds which offer water, shared fireplaces with a limited supply of wood provided (no collecting because it's a National Park) and pit toilets. Booking ahead is advisable.
Also of Interest:
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Scenic Waterways
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