Purnululu

Thursday, Aug 07, 2008 at 00:00

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Purnululu – The spectacular Bungle Bungle Range

Purnululu has always been known as a special place by the local Aborigines. The Aboriginal name of Purnululu means sandstone.

When pastoralists opened up stations in the area, this rocky area was considered worthless land. It was only in 1983 that the world was shown what an amazing place it is. In 1987 it was declared a National Park, and in 2003 placed on the Word Heritage register.

Walk trails have been made to strategic points and apart from exploring Piccaninny Creek, public access is limited to these marked walk trails. Helicopter rides can be taken over the massif to see the full extent.

Purnululu can be very cold at night in winter, sometimes below freezing. In summer, temperatures above 50ºc can occur.

The origin of the name Bungle Bungle is obscure and there are several theories as to why a nearby station was given this name. The massif was named Bungle Bungle after this station in 1983.

Read on about what we saw

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