Walk trails and camping areas are provided in most parks and for your safety please stay on marked trails and only camp in dedicated camp sites. Please also be advised that no pets are permitted with National Parks in the Kimberley Region
In the Kimberley, visitor fees and camping fees may apply - these are listed below:
|Tunnel Creek||No||No Camping|
|Bell Creek & Silent Grove||Yes||Yes|
|Parry Lagoons Naure Reserves||No||No camping|
All current National Parks fee rates are available in brochure form at the Kununurra Visitor Centre as are the Holiday and Season park passes. If you intend to visit numerous National Parks while in WA these passes will save you a few dollars.
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Mirima National Parks (Hidden Valley)
Located just minutes from Kununurra, Mirima is a small park with sandstone ranges, cliffs and valleys, similar in appearance to parts of the Bungle Bungle. The 350 million year old sandstone features within Mirima are subject to some striking colour changes due to sunlight variances and the region is known for its spectacular photo opportunities.
Mirima is the name given to the area by the local Miriuwung people and retains many sites of significance.
The area was declared a National Park in 1982 to conserve the natural features and the associated Miriuwung sites.
Access is via a sealed bitumen road
An entry fee applies and facilities include an information shelter, tables, toilet and car park.
Camping or fires are not permitted at any time within Mirima National Park.
Three short walk trails are available within Mirima;
"The Derbde-Gerring Banan or "Lookout Walk" takes you to the top of the range and provides spectacular views over the Ord Valley and surrounding sandstone ranges. This 800m return walk is a Class 4 - moderate to difficult.
The "Looking at Plants" walk is a 400m return loop walk with trailside signage to help you get to know some of the local plants and their Traditional uses
The "Demboong Banan" walk trail is 500m return and rewards you with a spectacular view of Kununurra through a gap in the eroded sandstone. Demboong means gap and Banan means trail in the local Miriuwung language.
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
The wetlands of this Nature Reserve provide an important feeding and breeding area for many birds including some migratory shore birds from as far away as Siberia. Parry Lagoons has been listed on the Register of National Estate, and is a RAMSAR listed wetland of International significance.
In addition to the wetland of the Ord River flood plain, this 36,000ha reserve includes grasslands, woodlands and rugged sandstone outcrops and ranges.
The main access road into the Reserve is approximately 15km south of Wyndham, off the Great Northern Highway. From the highway the road into the Reserve is gravel, corrugated and during the wet season prone to flooding. The Parry Creek Rd also passes through this reserve. These roads may be closed without notice due to unseasonal rains
Parry Lagoons Highlights and Facilities
Marlgu Billabong features a boardwalk and shaded bird hide that allows the traveller to take in the sights and sounds, the birds and maybe even a crocodile, without disturbing the tranquillity of the area. Interpretive display boards assist visitors in identifying their surroundings and help them to appreciate the importance of this wetland area.
Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
The Bungle Bungle Range is renowned for its striking sandstone domes, striped with orange and grey bands. Purnululu is the name given to the sandstone area by Aboriginal people and covers an area of almost 240,000 hectares.
The Bungle Bungle has been a tourist destination since 1983 and was granted World Heritage status in 2003.
Purnululu is open from the 1 April until mid December depending on weather conditions. The park may also be temporarily closed due to fires or unseasonal rain.
Access is restricted to 4wd access only and only single axle, off - road trailers with high clearance are permitted 2wd vehicles are not permitted in the Park
The Bungle Bungle Range
- Are an estimated 360 million years old.
- Rise over 200 metres high.
- Formed during the Devonian age.
- Carved over 20 million years through erosional forces.
- The grey banding is formed by cyanobacteria.
- The orange banding is the result of oxidised iron compounds within the layers.
Visitors must register at the DEC Visitor Centre on arrival.
There are two DEC campsites with basic amenities such as bush toilets, water and firewood. Visitors are advised to boil water prior to drinking . Campsites are non-powered.
Tour companies operate within the park offering a range guided walks, 4wd transfers safari stays, accommodation and helicopter flights. Scenic fixed wing flights are available from Kununurra and Warmun.
All tours can be booked through the Kununurra Visitor Centre.
Ngauwudu Management Area (Mitchell Plateau)
The Ngauwudu Management Area (Mitchell Plateau) is located in the far north of the Kimberley and is extremely remote. Visitors need to be completely self-sufficient as the area has few facilities It is important to ensure that you carry sufficient water, food and fuel supplies .
It is one of the most biologically important areas in the Kimberley. The landscape around the laterite-capped plateau varies from mangroves and wetlands, to woodlands and lush rainforest pockets. The area has a rich diversity of wildlife, with many rare animals, such as the Monjon (Australia's smallest rock wallaby) and the black grass wren.
The area contains many Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and features fine examples of the various forms of rock art.
The Ngauwudu Management Area is restricted to 4wd vehicles only, via the Kalumburu Rd and the Port Warrender track. The 85km Port Warrender track is narrow, winding and at times extremely rough with numerous washouts and corrugations.
Only Dry season access to the plateau is permitted. It is recommended that you contact the Kununurra Visitor Centre prior to departure to gain the up-to-date road reports in this region.
Aerial access is available from Drysdale River Station, Wyndham and Kununurra by way of numerous scenic flights.
Ngauwudu Highlights and Facilities
The Mitchell Falls are formed by a series of spectacular cascades and are best viewed just after the wet season, (May - July) when maximum water is falling. The falls normally flow all year round but by the late dry season (Sept-Oct) can be reduced to only a trickle.
The total height of the falls are 150m.
There are numerous walk trails within the area and most are considered moderate to difficult walks. These walk trails take you to the Mitchell Falls, Merten's Gorge and into Surveyors Pool,.
Campsites are located at the Plateau and also at the King Edward River (Munurru). Fees apply at both areas and both have basic toilet facilities. One private safari style tented camp is also available.near the Mitchell Plateau airstrip
4wd ground tours and aerial scenic flights (helicopter) are also available.
Scenic fixed wing flights can be arranged by the Kununurra Visitor centre staff who can also advise of tour schedules and bookings if required.