Purnululu National Park is the official name, but this area was previously known as The Bungle Bungles. Whatever you would like to call it, this area of the Kimberley is a remarkable place which you should make the effort to visit if you ever have the chance. Following are some photos from our time there…
The Bungle Bungles…the approach to Echidna Chasm
Palm trees, a rocky river bed and really, really tall rock walls
Did I mention the really, really tall rock walls and narrow passage into Echidna Chasm?
Looking up from the depths
Further over in the park, as you approach the Bungle Bungle domes, you start to see the characteristic stripes of the Purnululu ranges.
The sandstone domes are striped grey and orange, and according to Widipedia, the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.
Whatever the reason, the effect is stunning and it is impossible to describe how it feels to be amongst them.
Walking amongst the domes
Detail of the rock wall within Cathedral Gorge
Rock pool at the Bungle Bungles
Not all the ‘domes’ are dome shaped…
Ancient river bed within Purnululu
View into Picaninny Creek
Evening colours on the range, from the campground lookout.
Night falls at Purnululu National Park. This place is a definite ‘must do’ if you are ever in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.