Purnululu National Park is located in northern Australia. The national park boundaries encompass an area of 925.6 square miles (2,397.2 sq km). The park was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
The Bungle Bungle range represents the heart of the park. This range features incredible chiseled sandstone rocks that appear in the shape of beehives. The taller ones reaching a height of 820 feet (250 m).
The beehive looking sandstone rocks display a series of black and orange bands around them making them appear to have layers on top of layers building up the range. These are some of the most unique and picturesque cone karsts from around the world. They are affectionately known as the Bungle Bungles.
The height of the Bungle Bungle formations combined with the park’s elevation reaches heights of 1,896 feet (578 m). The bands are created by variations of clay and sandstone layers. The erosion of the plateau that resulted in the Bungle Bungle karsts now reveals gorges and slot canyons.
The park is not known for wildlife, however, there are 149 species of birds calling the park home. Reptiles are plentiful with monitors, dragons, goannas, lizards, and skinks as some of the highlights from the 81 species.
Caution is warranted because three of the country’s most venomous snakes are found within the park. These include King Brown, Northern Death Adder, and Western Brown.
Purnululu National Park is home to the Bungle Bungle mountain range. These unique and beautiful sandstone karsts with their beehive appearance are the pinnacle draw to the park. There are two invaluable ways to experience this phenomenon.
Visitors should certainly plan to hike around the Bungle Bungle range while also exploring Echidna Chasm and the various gorges and slot canyons. Another impressive way is by an aerial view from a helicopter ride out of the park.
- Bungle Bungles
- Echidna Chasm
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