The World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park (also known as Bungle Bungle) is often considered to be Australia’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon. Situated between the Western Australian towns of Kununurra and Halls Creek, the 593,000-acre (240,000 ha) expanse is characterized by a multitude of beehive-shaped karst mountains that rise up to 1,000 feet (300 m). The flat land that is home to these eroded sandstone peaks is located at another 1,000 feet above sea level. The plains are covered by woodland and grass, whereas the western area is distinguished by steep rocks. The rugged territory became a national park in 1987, when it was unknown to most foreign travelers.
Two camp sites provide basic accommodation in the park: Kurrajonq Campground is 4 miles (7 km) north of the visitor center, and Walardi Campground is 7.5 miles (12 km) to its south. The park possesses a number of captivating stone formations including the Echidna Chasm, Piccaninny, Frog Hole, and Cathedral Gorges. Still relatively inaccessible and largely unknown outside Australia, this extraordinary scenery provides the perfect setting for those in need of a break from their own hectic surroundings.