The Bungle Bungles Range

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One of the Australian outback’s best kept secrets is the Bungle Bungle Range.

This wonder of the world is located in the Purnululu National Park in the north-eastern edge of Western Australia. These impressive beehive shaped geological formations are situated in the 350 million year old prehistoric landscape. The range is composed of sandstone and conglomerate.

This means rocks composed mainly of pebbles and boulders and cemented together by finer material. It is a result of millions of years of erosion. These sedimentary landforms were deposited into the Ord Basin 375 to 350 million years ago, when active faults were altering the landscape.



The combined effects of wind from the Tanami Desert and rainfall over millions of years shaped the domes. Weathering also helped create this marvel. Water seeps into the rock, and at night it expands as it gets colder.
This creates small cracks which eventually wear out the rocks. It is also alleged that the Bungle Bungle Range is the eroded remains of a meteorite impact crater.

The large canyons around the Bungle Bungles are also speckled with beautiful palms, creating a tropical feel to the dry desert. Until the 1980s, they were only known to the local Aboriginal community. It was in 1982 this Australian outback jewel, was discovered from an aerial photo.

All the seasonal waterfalls, pools, gorges and domes were unknown prior to 1982. It is said in Aboriginal Dreamtime legendes that the Bungle Bungles were created by the Rainbow Serpent while travelling across the country.
For 20, 000 years the area has been a place of sacred rituals.

The enormous black and orange striped domes arise from the land creating an unforgettable spectacle that can only be experienced by visiting the site.

They are truly unique.

By flying over the Bungle Bungles, you get the ultimate impression of their scale. Gliding over the formations illustrates the maze of domes and a surrounding area of gorges, waterfalls, palms and calm pools.

Amazing fossils of cyanobacteria also exist here. These represent the oldest life form that exists on earth. This demonstrates why the area is a World Heritage Site.

A World Heritage Site is designated by UNESCO, as a location which has natural physical or cultural significance. Purnululu National Park was named a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Purnululu National Park sits on a transitional zone right between the monsoon savannah of Northern Australia and the desert in Central Australia. There are some cliffs within the park that are over 250 meters high and in the wet season are cut by waterfalls.

Piccaninny Lookout is one destination that we do not overlook on our Kimberley tours. Piccaninny Lookout provides an amazing vantage point to view the spectacular Bungle Bungles landscape, which is famous for its towering beehive-shaped mountain range.

The Bungle Bungle range resides in Purnululu National Park in the state of Western Australia.

Our Kimberley Tours supply travellers with the opportunity to reach this remote location.

To get to the lookout you have to walk approximately 1.4km. Once you are at Piccaninny Lookout, the view is absolutely stunning.



This vantage point allows you to witness the millions of years of erosion which created the Bungle Bungles. The massive beehive domes stretch endlessly out into the landscape.

Visitors are sure to be amazed. This area inspires awe and is truly a beautifully unique location in the world brought to you by Kimberley Outback Tours.

 

 

 



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