Visiting the Bungle Bungles

The Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles

The Best Time to Visit

Purnululu National Park is only open during the dry season months from April-November (weather permitting). During the wet season season months of December-March, heavy rains make access to the area difficult, and often impossible.

Because access to the Bungle Bungles is dependent on the weather, the opening and closing dates for visitors is subject to change. If you plan your visit between May and September you should be fine!


The Dry Season

The access road opens each year around mid-April, depending on water levels in the creek crossings and the condition of the road.

May is a great time to visit. The landscape is still lush and green and there is water in the creeks and pools.

June, July and August are peak season months, and the park can get busy at times. Temperatures are also cooler during this time, making conditions more pleasant during the day, but it can also get quite cold at night. The Bungle Bungles are one of the coldest areas in the Kimberley. Be prepared for some cool nights.

The temperatures then start to rise and by October they can hit 50 during the day. All the water has dried up, the landscape is brown and dusty, and you need to be properly prepared to deal with the extremely hot temperatures.

By mid-October the Visitor Center and campsites have closed. Officially the road into the park will remain open until December, but this is dependent on the weather.

Contact the Visitor Center for the most up to date information.


Fees and Facilities

The Bungle Bungles are a remote area and bring everything you’ll need – food, water, fuel and so on. There are bore water taps at the campgrounds, but you will need to boil this water before drinking it.

Although it is remote, don’t worry about being isolated during the peak dry season months. There will be people around (other travelers and national park staff), so if you get stuck there will be people around to help you out.

There is a private vehicle fee of $11 to visit Purnululu National Park. Month and year long national park passes are also available. These are a good option if you a planning on visiting a number of different national parks (you’ll save a lot of money!).


Mobile Phones and Internet in the Bungle Bungles

There is no mobile phone coverage or internet access in the Bungle Bungles, but a public telephone is available at the Visitor Center.


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  • We wish to head to Bungle Bungles from Darwin on Sat 25th Feb. Will the park be open then? Please advise. Who can I contact to confirm? Also, when driving from Darwin, where should I stay overnight before heading to Bungle Bungles the following morning?

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