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Purnululu National Park

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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Western Australia Kimberley Purnululu National Park

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Introduction

Purnululu National Park is a national park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The national park is located approximately 300 kilometres south of Kununurra, with Halls Creek located to the south. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. The World Heritage status of the region was created and negotiated in 2003, and the adopted boundary of the existing national park. Since its listing, the Government of Western Australia has reserved additional areas located adjacent to the World Heritage Area, including the Purnululu Conservation Park and the Ord River Regeneration Reserve. The Bungle Bungle Range, lying fully within the park, has elevations as high as 578 metres above sea level. It is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers.

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Getting There and Around

Access to the park by road is via Spring Creek Track, from the Great Northern Highway approximately 250 kilometres south of Kununurra, to the track's end at the visitor centre. The track is 53 kilometres long and is usable only in the dry season (about 1 April to 31 December), and only by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles. Safely navigating it takes approximately 3 hours. Access by air is less demanding; helicopter flights are available, from Bellburn Airstrip in the national park, and light aircraft, from both Warmun, 187 kilometres south of Kununurra.

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