Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park is a conservation area of 2,397.23 sq kilometers (925 sq mi) in East Kimberley, Western Australia, as a remote wilderness area including the Bungle Bungle Range is a spectacular landscape of sculptured rocks that carve the superlative colors of a honeycomb-shaped sandstone that rises 250 meters above the semi-arid savannas in the vicinity.

Purnululu National Park has a history of 350 million years and was worshiped by Aboriginal guards for at least 40,000 years, but the Bungle Bungle Range was a secret until 1983. The labyrinth is an orange and black striped sandstone dome, often equated with a giant honeycomb.

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Aboriginal people live in this region and the park holds a rich and eternal life trail. Ancient rock sites and cemeteries throughout the park. The Bungle Bungle Range is only known by local Aboriginal owners and local herders until the documentary team brought to the world's attention in 1983.

Purnululu National Park is formed by a unique precipitation process and weathering has given this tower a spectacular black and orange appearance. The biological processes of cyanobacteria that serve to stabilize and protect ancient sandstone formations are extraordinary examples of conical karst that have been eroded for 20 million years as a remarkable geological beauty.

The park is a traditional owner area of the Karjaganujaru tribe where the Bungle Bungle Range lies fully inside the park. The formation has a height of 578 meters (1,896 ft) and a famous spot with visually striking sand dome with striping in orange and gray bands alternately.

The striking dome is the difference in clay content and the porosity of the sandstone layer. The orange band consists of oxidized iron compounds in layers that dry too quickly by the cyanobacteria breeding, while the gray bands consist of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of the sandstone layer where water vapor accumulates.

Bungle Bungle Range is this highland dissected by canyons as deep as 100-200 meters (330-660 ft). The conical tower has a steep side with a sudden pause at the base and has a domed peak. The surface is brittle but stabilized by the iron oxide crust and bacteria which provide a remarkable example of the soil formation by coating the sandstone solution.

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Location: East Kimberley, Kimberley region, Western Australia, Australia.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Halls Creek Airport in Halls Creek Town, then drive to the park for 100 kilometers (62 miles). Another alternative flight to East Kimberley Regional Airport in Kununurra Town, then drive to the park for 250 kilometers (155 miles).

The final 50 kilometers (31 mile) track to the park's entrance is not sealed, you'll need a 4WD to gain entry.

Advice: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge within park boundaries, camping in public areas at Walardi and Kurrajong or at a private campsite in Belburn. About 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Kununurra is a private wilderness, El Questro, an area of 4,047 sq kilometers that offers waterfalls, magnificent canyons, forests, savanna plains and four different river systems, together with Emma George Resort and El Questro Homestead.