Camping in the Bungle Bungles
Where can you camp and what does it cost?
Bellburn, Kurrajong and Walardi Campgrounds
If you want to spend a night in the Bungle Bungles, camping is your only option.
(If camping isn't your thing, you can compromise by booking one of the safari style luxury tents in the permanent tented camps in Purnululu through one of the tour operators.)
For independent campers, Purnululu National Park has two public campgrounds.
The public campgrounds in the Bungles
Purnululu National Park is divided into two parts, a northern and a southern area. Both areas feature several walks (see next page) and both areas have their own campground:
- Kurrajong Campground is 7 km north of the visitor centre, in the direction of Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms.
- Walardi Campground is 12 km south of the visitor centre, in the direction of the beehive domes, Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek and the helicopter landing pad.
Those two campgrounds are very similar.
The Walardi camping area is separated into a generator and a quiet area. The generator area is also utilised by tour groups. Since the helicopter filghts are starting and landing so close to Walardi, even the quiet area ends up rather noisy during peak season.
However, being so close to the helicopter flights and close to the beehive domes and Cathedral Gorge has its advantages if you are in a rush.
The Kurrajong camping area has three separate areas: quiet, generators allowed (used by individual travellers and tour groups) and an area for tour groups only.
Kurrajong is near the Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms gorge walks. It also has its own sunset lookout. (Just follow the tour groups...)
The facilities at both campgrounds are very basic: bush toilets and bore water taps. There are no showers and it is not recommended that you drink the bore water unless you boil or treat it! It's best to bring enough drinking water with you.
The only place to light a fire (provided there is no fire ban) are the shared wood barbecues. Firewood is supplied from outside the park. You can't collect wood yourself in the park! You can only use what is supplied. Please use it sparingly.
The camping fee is $10 per person per night. You register and pay at the visitor centre when entering the park.
Purnululu National Park Camping in Style
You don't have to rough it when visiting the Bungle Bungles. Bellburn—the commercial campground in the southern part of the Bungles—is as luxurious as you could hope.
The Bellburn camping facilities are located not far from the Bellburn airstrip and helicopter booking office/landing pad.
The upmarket travel company APT operates luxury wilderness camps throughout the Kimberley under the name Kimberley Wilderness Adventures. Their Bungle Bungle Wilderness Camp is located at Bellburn Creek.
The other operator is East Kimberley Tours, one of the longest standing and most established operators in the region. (And one that repeatedly got the thumbs up from Kimberley guide readers.)
Both offer safari style tented camps, hot showers, crisp linnen, delicious meals (and stiff prices).
You don't necessarily have to join one of their tours, but you do have to book ahead to stay at one of the Bellburn camps. If you did book to stay at Bellburn, you still need to call into the Purnululu National park visitor centre upon arrival, to register and pay your park entrance fee.
If you don't need to spend a night inside the Bungles, you can also stay at the new caravan park at the Bungles access track turn-off. The safari style tents there are at least as luxurious as those at Bellburn.
Bungle Bungles National Park main page