Where are the Bungle Bungles located?
The Bungle Bungles are a series of striped, dome-shaped rock formations. The Bungle Bungles, or the Bungle Bungle (Purnululu) National Park, is in the eastern Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. Specifically, they lie east of the Great Northern Highway, between Kununurra in the north and Halls Creek in the south.
The meaning of the name "Bungle Bungle" is uncertain, and it is not even certain whether the word is aboriginal in origin. The name could either be derived from the aboriginal name for the region where the Bungle Bungles are, or it could simply be a misspelling of a common Kimberley grass type found there - which is bundle bundle grass. The aboriginal name for the Bungle Bungles is actually Purnululu, which means sandstone.
The Bungle Bungle Range was "discovered" in 1983 by a film crew from Perth who flew over it on their day off. The film they shot became a documentary, screened internationally, opening the tourist door and causing the Western Australian government to establish the Purnululu National Park in 1987. The Purnululu National Park as inscribed as a World Heritage area in 2003.