The turn off to the Bungle Bungles is about 250km from Kununurra and 100km from Halls Creek. Once off the highway, it is 53km along the Spring Creek track to the national park entrance. Although the track is in pretty good condition, there are numerous creek crossings, corners and sections of hills and climbs. If you allow yourself plenty of time, and drive reasonably slowly (about 50km/h) you should have no problems at all. The drive will take about 2 hours each way, so allow plenty of time. If you arrive at the highway turn-off late in the day, there is free camping at a highway rest-stop and paid facilities at the Mabel Downs station caravan park.
What is the road into the Bungle Bungles like?
The Spring Creek Track is the access road into the Bungle Bungles. The first part of the track passes through the Mabel Down pastoral station, before you enter the boundaries of the national park itself. The road has a reputation as being rough and rugged, and officially only high clearance 4WD vehicles can enter the park. There are several creek crossings to negotiate. Many visitors are deterred from visiting the park and opt for day or overnight tours, or a scenic flight from Mabel Downs station. But a lot of the information about how rough the track is is either exaggerated or out-dated. If you have a 4WD and drive carefully, you should experience no problems at all. We’ve even seen some backpackers driving a 2WD Mitsubishi Magna through the park and creek crossings! Although this is definitely not recommended, it does show that the road isn’t as tough as many people claim it to be! The track is well maintained, and outside of the wet season there is absolutely no reason to worry about the condition of the road.
Can I bring a Caravan or Camper Trailer into the Bungle Bungles?
Single axle off-road/heavy duty caravans and camper trailers are allowed into the park. Caravans used to be banned completely, but the condition of the Spring Creek track has improved in recent years and dedicated off-road caravans and trailers are now allowed into the Bungle Bungles. For those with dual axle caravans, or who simply don’t want to tow their van off-road, the good news is that you can store your caravan at the highway turnoff. The Bungle Bungles caravan park at Mabel Downs Station charges a small fee to park your caravan. We’ve also seen people leave their caravans at the nearby highway rest-stop. This is less secure but you should be fine and not have any problems.
What are the creek crossings like?
A common question for many visitors, especially as the official literature warns of the difficulties of the creek crossings. In reality there is very little to worry about. The drive along the Spring Creek track crosses about half a dozen creeks. Obviously, these are deep and often impassable in the wet season, but once the national park is officially open, there is not too much to worry about. All the water crossings have a good solid base and are well used. If there has been heavy, unseasonal rain during the dry season months, it is a good idea to check on the latest status of the creek crossings. The Bungle Bungles Visitor Center can provide the latest info on the water levels and offer advice.
Can I visit the Bungle Bungles on a day trip?
Yes and no. It depends on how much you want to see, and how you like to travel. The Bungle Bungles is one of the world’s most spectacular and unique landscapes, and camping overnight is highly recommended. Also, the driving time involved will make for a very long day and you won’t be able to properly enjoy the walks and explore the Bungle Bunges! But, if you are pressed for time, it is possible to check out the main attractions in a day. You just need to think about the distances involved and plan ahead.
- from Kununurra, the drive along the highway to the access road will take 2-3 hours
- from the start of the Spring Creek track to the park entrance, allow 2 hours
- allow a couple of hours of easy driving within the park, plus time to explore the Bungle Bungles
- and then allow another 2 hours to get back to the highway
Many people who choose to visit the Bungle Bungles on a day trip stay at the Bungle Bungles caravan park just off the highway or at the free highway rest-stop.
Can I bring my dog to the Bungle Bungles?
Dogs and pets are not allowed into Purnululu National Park. But dogs are allowed at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park. Check out our comprehensive guide for more information about travelling with a dog in the Kimberley.