Located towards the north of Western Australia is the Kimberley region, which is thought to have been one of the earliest settled areas. Despite covering an area of 420,000 sq km, the Kimberley is only home to 40,000 people – making it one of the most sparsely populated areas on Earth.
There are many surprises to be found in this stunning region including ancient, steep-sided mountain ranges; sandstone and limestone gorges; and grasslands occupied by cattle ranches. To give you more of an idea of what to expect on a tour around Kimberley, we take a closer look at a few of the highlights this region has to offer.
Although it may have a fun-sounding name, the colours of the towers that make up the Bungle Bungle Range will take your breath away. Hundreds of beehive-shaped towers, each made up of red, brown, orange and grey colours, date back to over 350 million years ago.
Although aboriginals have known of the Bungle Bungles for thousands of years, it was only discovered by the rest of the world in 1983, when a film crew were exploring the area. Delve deep into the Bungle Bungle range and you will discover magnificent gorges, tropical caves and even aboriginal rock art.
You won’t find any echidnas within this chasm, but what you will find is one of the most stunning geological structures on earth. The Echidna Chasm, located at the northern end of the Bungle Bungle range, was formed by water erosion over the course of millions of years. The water would flow into a joint in the sandstone and conglomerate rocks which, over time, eroded enough rock to form the chasm.
At certain points, the chasm is as narrow as 1-2 metres, whilst the walls can rise up to 200 metres high. The best time to appreciate the true beauty of this natural landmark is around midday, when the sun is at its highest and can shine deep within the chasm, emitting a beautiful range of orange colours.
The road that can take you to the Bungle Bungle range is an experience in itself and is renowned for being rough and rugged. Your tour will be completed by 4WD vehicle, which is the recommended method of transport for traversing such a path within the national park. The Spring Creek track crosses several creeks and will allow you to appreciate the true beauty that this region has to offer.
The Kimberley region can be found within the Australian outback, and there are many tours that will enable you to explore some of the most remote and fascinating geological features on earth. If this blog post has inspired you to embark on an adventure of your own, why not contact our friendly team today? Call us via the Freephone number or complete an online enquiry form.
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