Exploring the Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles National Park can be divided into 2 areas – both of these have several walks and a camping area.
The Southern Area
Home to the spectacular beehive domes and some stunning gorges, the southern area of Purnululu National Park contains the main attractions and is the most popular.
As you drive into the area you’ll immediately notice the orange and black striped rock formations and the views are stunning. All the walking trails and attractions are accessible from the Piccaninny Creek car par and day use area.
Cathedral Gorge is one of the most famous attractions. A short and easy walk from the car park, the gorge ends in a massive natural amphitheater. There are several rock ledges where you can sit under the overhanging rock walls and admire the view. The acoustics are also fabulous – it’s good fun playing around with the echos in here!
Although it is a popular attraction, you’ve still got a good chance of having Cathedral Gorge all to yourself. Staring at the incredible rock walls that have been carved out by water over millions of years, it’s a great spot for quiet contemplation and awe.
The Piccaninny Creek walk takes you further into the amazing rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Following the course of a dried creek bed, it weaves along for several kilometres taking in a number of attractions.
Not far from the start of the Piccaninny Creek walk, the Sunset Lookout provides breathtaking views of the beehive domes. It is one of our favourite spots in the Bungle Bungles and it a great vantage point for photographs. You don’t need to be here at sunset – the views are great at any time of the day!
If you do decide to stay late to capture the magic light at sunset, make sure to pack a torch and spare batteries for the walk back.
Continuing along the Piccaninny Creek walk, another 20 minutes will take you to The Window – a natural window that has eroded through one of the domes. It’s just off the track and well worth the short detour.
Another 20 minutes of walking will take you to Whipsnake Gorge, a narrow gorge which ends in a small rockpool. You can now choose to return to the carpark, or continue on an extended walk.
Beyond this, the walk continues for several kilometres and ends in Black Rock Pool. This is a long walk which requires an overnight stay. You should also register at the Visitor’s Center before heading off. And make sure you check-in on your way out, so that the park rangers know that you are safe!
The Northern Area
The walks in the northern part of the Bungle Bungles don’t feature the distinctive beehive domes, but they are still worth checking out.
Mini-Palms Gorge is a fun walk through a narrow chasm filled with Livistonia palms. At certain parts there are large boulders to scramble around, but for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness it is not difficult. The gorge ends at a spectacular lookout which gives you a unique view of the sheer, vertical walls.
A short drive further north, the Echnida Chasm starts in a wide creek bed, before getting narrower and narrower as you continue. The mid-point of the wall features sheer walls separated by a thin 1m gap! Aim to do this walk around midday, when the suns ray’s cast beautiful orange and purple light on through the gorge. As you continue to the end there’s a number of spectacular rock features to take in.