Kimberley National Parks
The National Parks Of North Western Australia
Some of the Kimberley National Parks are world famous, others you probably never heard of.
Some are very easy to reach, some are as remote as it gets.
All of them are worth visiting, and each one offers a very different experience...
Kimberley National Parks - North Western Australia
Purnululu is also known as the Bungle Bungles National Park, and it is by far the most famous of all Kimberley national parks.
It was only discovered not so long ago, 1983 to be precise. And it sky rocketed to world fame in no time...
Purnululu National Park is a bit off the beaten track, and the access is by four wheel drive only. You need to bring some time to visit those mystifying orange and black striped domes. Two days is the absolute minimum if you start from Kununurra. (And starting from Halls Creek a day trip would still be a mad rush...)
Which is probably why many people don't bother and just choose a quick helicopter flight over the Bungles instead. I guess that's still better than not seeing it at all...
I've done both: I flew over it years ago, and I finally visited for the first time in 2006. I wish I had done so sooner... Take the time, it's worth it. The Bungle Bungles are definitely on my "must see" list for the Kimberley.
You can find all the information you need here: Purnululu National Park/Bungle Bungles.
Geikie Gorge is one of the most easily accessible national parks in the Kimberleys.
It is only a few kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing and the road into the park is fully sealed. You will only need a few hours to explore everything the park has to offer.
The bleached cliffs of the gorge are very pretty, great for photography. But, to be honest with you, the national park doesn't do much for me...
Decide for yourself if you should visit it or not. I tell you more about it here: Geikie Gorge National Park
Windjana Gorge is probably the best place in the whole Kimberley to see freshwater crocodiles in their natural environment.
Every time I went I saw dozens of them, no matter what time of the year.
The gorge itself is quite impressive too.
Windjana Gorge requires only a few hours of your time, but it is a bit further from civilisation than Geikie Gorge. So it's handy that there is a campground. However, you can also easily visit it in a day trip from Fitzroy Crossing or Derby, you just have to get up early.
Find out more about Windjana Gorge National Park.
Tunnel Creek is another national park that made it on my personal "Best Of The Kimberley" list.
Tunnel Creek is only a few kilometres from Windjana Gorge and you can easily visit both parks in one day, especially if camp at Windjana Gorge.
(There are no camping facilities at Tunnel Creek National Park.)
If you don't want to camp it'll be a long day, but it can still be done. You can spend the nights before and after at either Derby or Fitzroy Crossing.
Read more about Tunnel Creek National Park.
Wolfe Creek Crater never received much attention, until the Wolf Creek murder movie came along...
Now the big meteorite crater is the most popular of all Kimberley National Parks.
When I say popular I mean talked about and searched for on the internet. I doubt that the visitor numbers in Wolfe Creek National Park have increased. This park is just way too far of the beaten track...
The Mitchell Plateau is my number one out of all Kimberley national parks.
Yes, even before the Bungle Bungles. And although (or because?) it's even harder to get to.
The Mitchell River National Park is over a day's drive from Kununurra, and only the first hour of the drive is on bitumen.
The drive can be very challenging for inexperience drivers, especially at the start of the dry season. The only accommodation option in or anywhere near the park is bush camping, and there are no showers. This is a real bush adventure, and that's why I like it.
(If all that doesn't sound like your cup of tea don't despair. There are of course tours and scenic flights...)
Remote, remote, remote. So remote that I haven't been there myself yet. There are no public access roads, there are no visitor facilities and there are no marked walking trails or similar. This is a magnificent wilderness area. It is possible to visit, but it's certainly not for the average tourist.
If you are not the average tourist you can find out more here: Drysdale River National Park.
This very small park lies on the outskirts of Kununurra. You could say it's in Kununurra...
Another name for Mirima National Park is "Hidden Valley National Park", that's the name you will usually hear in Kununurra.
Sometimes Mirima is referred to as the "Mini Bungle Bungles". The 300 million year old sandstone formations here look very similar...
There are only a few short walking tracks in the park. A few hours on one afternoon of your Kununura visit is all it takes to explore this park.
More about Mirima National Park