The Bungle Bungles were always number one on my list of things to see. I had seen TV footage of flights over this world heritage area of Purnululu National Park and was in awe. How remote, ancient and colourful, just incredible.
These natural forming banded sandstone domes were formed over 360 million years ago
I’m not really into tourist attractions and although thousands of tourists visit the Bungles, this is different. This is nature at its best and I loveee Nature!
Until recently I thought flying over was the only way to see them. I was so happy to learn only a few weeks ago we could drive in. The road condition was still unknown territory until we spoke to a couple at the camp who had just got back from their drive.
The visitors centre recommend you have enough fuel for 200km of driving when coming off the Highway.
Spring Creek Free Camp
Park looking over the river
We stopped at Spring Creek 24 hr camp as we were told it was a good camp and by the river. Also a great place to unhook your van to drive to the Bungle Bungles. This is one of the best free camps we have stayed around Australia.
The camp has two levels. The top is a large sealed area and has toilets and seating. There is a dump point and large skip bins to get rid of your rubbish. Wooden BBQ”s are also available.
The lower area is by the creek and the area is hard soil. Only two other vans were there when we arrived by the creek. We arrived about 11.30am just before two other lots of campers arrived. Good timing as we got a good spot 🙂
The lower area has a couple of seating areas, BBQ and the best views. Even if you don’t get a spot by the water you can still see it.
It’s a lovely shady spot if you are lucky enough to get a spot here.
BBQ by the river
Wild Life At The Camp
This camp is full of wildlife. Skinks of all colours, one that I’m sure was a raccoon in a past life (black with a long white stripe)
Cows wander on both sides of the creek and come quite close. They are skittish and move away if you mooove quickly 😉 We found them in one of the water crossing’s to the Bungle Bungles the next day.
Cows at your van
You hear so many types of birds and will spot fish here. I only spotted small ones though.
A couple of people had a dip to cool down as it was around 45C. The hottest night we have ever had in the van so far.
Bungles Other Camping
The road in is opposite the camp. It’s a 53 km of corrugated road that leads you past the Bungle Bungles caravan park. You have the option to leave your van here rather then the free camp if you are worried.
Road in to the Bungles
Bungle Bungle caravan park
You will need a 4×4 for the rest of this road. Campsite at the National Park is accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles and high clearance, single axle, towable units. You can camp here as they have a couple camp sites around the place. Open from April to December both have toilets and bore water.
Watching the sunset as you drive here is beautiful, it gave me goose bumps. Camping here over night I imagine you would see world class sunsets.
My Bungle Bungles Dream
The day had arrived, I was so exited. At 5am we woke so we would beat some of the heat. It was already 27C but who cares I had a sunrise and my number one destination to see 😀
Bungle Bungles Sunrise
Heading off the highway and down the corrugated road. We crossed a few water holes none very deep at this time.
They say to see Cathedral Gorge first so you are not in the heat of the day. We did, as it was recommended by the lady at our camp. A great suggestion as we had lots of shade and it was not to hot.
As we were leaving the Cathedral a french couple arrived. Walking back out we could hear them singing. Their beautiful singing voices filled the cathedral and continued through the domes outside. We both stopped to listen and had to record it, spectacular memory. We thanked them when passing them later on.
Walking back through The Domes you walk through some sand and up some stairs. Not to hard if you’re worried.
You can check out many lookouts. We chose to drive to Kungkalanayi Lookout. It has a views for miles. Not a place you would want to be in the heat of the day.
You might also spot Elephant rock and other points of interest.
You can drive and walk to many areas, these are only a few.
Payment to enter the National Park
I was wondering how the whole payment thing worked. I had heard you have to pay a fee to get in as it’s a national park. Who do you pay? How much? Are they awake at 6am?
As we arrived at the visitors centre and read the signs. They ask you to take an envelope they provide, pop in your money and rip of part of it to put on your window screen.
The prices are written so you know how much to pay. We paid $13 for our vehicle, $13 to see my number one place, how good is that!
They have different prices for seniors and camping all worth the price. If you already have a national parks pass you don’t need to pay again.
I’m sure the flight over is another step up. Although being right there, being able to touch the rock and take photos close up was a dream come true.