Explore the Western Australian landscape and get lost in the magic of these colourful, uniquely shaped natural formations. 

Nestled in the Australian outback lies the otherworldly Bungle Bungles. Naturally created over 350 million years ago, these orange and black striped rock formations have become one of the most iconic and culturally significant landscapes this country’s ever seen. Making up just one part of the rugged Western  Australian scenery, explore these breathtaking formations alongside the impressive boulders and jaw-dropping chasms of the Purnululu National Park. From watching an explosion of pinks and oranges dance across the sky at sunset to trekking through the unforgettable Cathedral Gorge, there are several epic things to see in the Bungle Bungles and your tour leader will ensure you've seen 'em all.

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Highlights of the Bungle Bungles

A traveller taking photos of Echidna Chasm in the Bungle Bungles range, WA.

Explore Echidna Chasm

The Bungle Bungles range is full of extraordinary sights and Echidna Chasm might just top the list. Follow your leader as you navigate your way through the smallest of spaces with towering 200-metre-high, beautifully coloured gorge walls on either side of you. You can also get up close and personal with prehistoric Livistonia Palms during your walk. 

The Bungle Bungles range in Purnululu National Park at sunset

Soak up a fiery sunset

Western Australia might have some of the world’s best landscapes, but the ground isn’t the only thing worth looking at. Hike to your favourite observation point with your tour group at sunset and turn your eyes skyward. Marvel at the striking oranges, pinks, and reds fighting to overthrow the blue as they mirror the earthy tones of the sandy desert floor. 

A tent set up underneath the Western Australian stars in Australia.

Camp out under the Western Australian stars

Sometimes simply walking through the untamed scenery of the Western Australian desert during the daytime isn’t enough. To get the full experience, join your group on a night under the stars. Promising to be one of the most magical nights you’ve ever had, sit around camp telling stories of your travels, toast your favourite sugary snacks, and create memories you’re going to look back on for years to come. 

Cathedral Gorge in the Bungle Bungle range in WA.

Marvel at the magnificent Cathedral Gorge

If you’ve always secretly thought you had the voice of an angel, there’s no better place to test out your heavenly vocals than Cathedral Gorge. With towering walls that make up the grandest of natural amphitheaters, this magical place is enormous and breathtaking in size. Made entirely of red rock, this spectacular landmark fills with water during the wet season creating a small pool of water year 'round. 

An aerial view of the Bungle Bungles in WA.

Take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles

While you can walk through the iconic Bungle Bungles, seeing these extraordinary domes from above is simply something else. Spectacularly spread out below you, taking a scenic flight over this mesmerising range gives you the perfect birds-eye view of the uniquely shaped rocks and the chance to take in these fascinating formations from every possible angle. Begin your adventure through the sky at different locations in the Kimberley and fly over the best of the Western Australian landscape. 

Picaninny Creek in Purnululu National Park, WA

Walk through Picaninny Creek during dry season

Just when you thought this magnificent national park couldn’t get any better, there’s Picaninny Creek. Weaving in between the iconic beehive domes, this creek bed gushes water during the wet season but dries up when the temperatures rise to leave several cracks in the ground for you to follow and adventure through. Perfect for exploring more of the range, slip between the formations to inspect the effect the water has on the rock and to marvel at the beautiful colourations up close.

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Bungle Bungles FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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How to get to the Bungle Bungles largely depends on where you're travelling from. There are several ways you can travel to the iconic Western Australia range including by flying into Bungle Bungle Airport, catching public transport, or driving. However, you cannot take public transport for the entire journey if you're traveling from a destination such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, or Adelaide with there being an element of driving towards the end to get to the Bungle Bungles. 

There are a few ways to travel from Kununurra to the magnificent Bungle Bungles range. The Bungle Bungles are located 300km from Kununurra so if you wanted to drive it, it would take you just over 5 hours. If you're after a more time-efficient option, you can always take a scenic flight from Kununurra to the iconic range, flying over the spectacular Kimberley for a 2-hour duration. Unfortunately, there are no public transportation options available. 

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The weather in the Bungle Bungles is fairly warm all year round with winter seeing minimum temperatures of 15°C and maximum temperatures of 30°C. Temperatures in the summer can climb up to an extreme level with October being the hottest month at a maximum average of 38°C however, the months of summer are also the rainiest months of the year. Travelling during the months of May-June and November-December is strongly advised against as it's too hot and it can become quite dangerous. 

Due to the extreme heat that occurs in the summer/spring months, the ideal time to explore the Bungle Bungles is during June, July, and August. While this is technically winter, the average temperature is around 25°C-30°C, and clear skies reign supreme, making it the perfect weather to make the most of this spectacular natural landmark. It is also extremely unlikely to experience any rainfall during winter as the wet season primarily occurs during spring and summer. 

Trekking through the Bungle Bungles range can sometimes be quite physically demanding (and the temperatures can be high) so you should always make sure you have a reusable water bottle with you at all times to keep hydrated. You should also pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun, a camera so you can capture as much of this landscape as possible, and a snack in case you need an energy boost halfway through the range. 

Unfortunately, there is no internet or mobile phone access in the Bungle Bungles range. If you need to make a phone call during your time at the park, there is a public phone located at the visitor centre. 

The stunning landscape known as the Bungle Bungles range was formed millions of years ago, and for the past 20,000 years, has been traditionally owned by the Karjaganujaru and Gija peoples. This land is full of rich, spiritual history and remains a place of connection for the traditional custodians today. 

Read more about the traditional owners of the Bungle Bungles

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