Welcome to Australia’s rocky North West…
Literally only being put on the map in 1983 when the enormous and other-wordly Bungle Bungles ranges were “discovered” by a film team, these mammoth rock formations are something to behold whilst visiting Australia’s North West.
The beehive shaped striped mountains are thought to have formed over a whopping 20 million years and are situated in Purnululu National Park. But it’s not just the Bungle Bungles that are a point of interest in this area. On a pilgrimage to these natural wonders it’s possible to explore a number of other rock formations on Kimberley Wild’s 5 day Bungle Bungles tour setting off from Broome.
Old Fitzroy Crossing
During the tour you will also have the chance to visit the Old Fitzroy Crossing, as well as the colourful Mangkaja Aboriginal Arts Centre to see a bit of the true local culture. You will then join a local National Park Ranger as you embark on a guided cruise through the stunning Geikie Gorge that nature carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges.
Purnululu National Park
After this you will visit the Purnululu National Park where you will visit the aforementioned Bungle Bungle Ranges as well as Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge.
From Purnululu National Park it’s off to Western Australia’s largest cave system, the Mimbi Caves. It’s here that you will have to opportunity to see some of the most ancient Aboriginal art in the world as it is thought that the caves are one of the first sites of human occupation in Australia. Whilst here, you will also have the chance to share fresh damper and billy tea with the traditional landowners – the Gooniyandi people, before heading spending a night by the Fitzroy river.
On the final day of the tour you will be taken to Bunuba country which was once a Devonian reef. Whilst visiting this 350 million year old terrain you will have the chance to spot the local flora and fauna as well as visiting Tunnel Creek – a 750 metre cave system which hosts a vast variety of wildlife. You will also have the chance to learn even more about the Aboriginal history of the area before freshening up with a swim at the Windjana Gorge.
You’ll then take the famous Gibb River Road past the Napier Ranges before arriving back in Broome.