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Western Australia Beyond the Tour: The Kimberley’s Best-Kept Secret

Erin Dunn, Staff Writer

Despite being 350 million years in the making, the Bungle Bungle Range in The Kimberley’s ancient Purnululu National Park is still relatively unknown. Are you ready to discover Western Australia’s best-kept secret? 

An ancient region of astounding natural beauty and great Indigenous cultural significance, The Kimberley is Western Australia’s gateway to the wild and untamed. One of the oldest and largest outback landscapes in the world with a menagerie of prolific wildlife, majestic canyons and sacred Aboriginal rock art, this precious wilderness is perhaps the world’s last frontier.  

As part of Luxury Escapes’ tour of the Majestic Kimberley, you will venture into the heart of the ancient Purnululu National Park and stand in awe of the magnificent and remote Bungle Bungle Range.  

The Secret’s Out

Despite being millions of years old and located only 100km from the main highway, the spectacular beehive-dome shaped karst sandstone formations of the Bungle Bungle Range weren’t uncovered until 1983, by a stray group of European filmmakers.  

But that’s not to say that the custodians of the Purnululu National Park’s immense 600,000 acres, the local Gija and Jaru people, were sleeping on this natural oil-painting in the making. 

This magical area of dramatic plunging gorges, monastery-worthy chasms and naturally wrought Angkor Wat-like domes, which has been kept a secret for tens of thousands of years by the Aboriginal community was used as a hunting ground during the wet season when the plant and animal life was abundant.  

Today, this spectacular landscape is still little known, with the National Park formed in 1987, three years after the Bungle Bungle Range’s discovery, and only receiving the honour of UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.  

But that’s the beauty of this magnificent region, says Luxury Escapes tour expert Sonia Pilovska.  

“Western Australia’s Kimberley is one of those magical parts of the country that proves that often, uncovering the beauty of our own backyard can exceed our expectations in every way.  

“It’s a world where our rich, Indigenous heritage and local people are intertwined with one of the most majestic landscapes, bursting with magical canyons and rugged national parks. It’s an authentic outback experience that is quintessentially Australian; an experience that should not be missed,” she says.

 

Discover the final frontier

Since the Bungle Bungle Range’s discovery less than 40 years ago, this iconic area, including the Purnululu National Park, still hasn’t reached the notoriety, tourism boom or name recognition of Australia’s other UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef.  

Despite being the most outstanding example of cone karst sandstone anywhere in the world, fashioned over 20 million years of weathering, this iconic site hidden in the distant Kimberly region can sometimes be forgotten. 

 “Sometimes, the most beautiful adventures are right under our noses — often overlooked by countries further away that are perceived as more exotic”. 

“But it’s well worth a visit,” Sonia continues, “as with every wet season, this magnificent feat of nature continues to erode, morph and create a wholly new picture.

This transformation makes Luxury Escapes’ tour of The Kimberley region and the Bungle Bungle Range even more unmissable.

On this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you will experience the seemingly endless expanse with a private transfer and a glass of bubbly as the sun dips towards the horizon at sunset — a fitting end to a discovery of one of the world’s most dramatically sculptured structures, unrivalled in scale, grandeur and striking colour transformation.  

Read more about Luxury Escapes’ tour of The Kimberley region. 

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