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Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Purnululu National Park, Purnululu National Park, Western Australia, Australia   |  
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“A captivated captive audience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you want to stay overnight in Purnululu National Park (which we did) and you are not campers (which we are not) this is your only choice. And you pay dearly for being a captive audience. But it is captivating - worth every penny. I would do it again in a heartbeat and our party of two couples regretted staying only one night. Our friends felt it compared favourably to safari tent experiences they have had in Africa. The staff were charming, the tents were well appointed, with comfortable beds and good en suite bathrooms. There were only 16 of us "in camp" the night we were there and nibbles and drinks were served around the campfire. We then decamped to the open-air meals area, where we sat around one big table and enjoyed a delicious meal (included in the tariff, along with the cooked breakfast). For an extra fee, we had packed lunches for our day in Purnululu. I had been advised to book early, but I suspect that unless APT has a tour in, there is usually availability. A highlight of our three-week trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The private APT campsite at Bungle Bungles is 'Glamping' (glamour camping). It has power (solar of course) for light in tented cabins but no power points, no refrigeration, no shops, no fuel.. accommodation by pre-booking only. It IS remote ! Most people fly in or come by APT 4WD "bus".
Access to anything other than 4WD is prohibited. The road is rough and 53+13 km takes 2-3 hours in a 4wd. The are numerous (dry) creek crossings and continuous corrugations. However one CAN pre-book accommodation and come in by private or hire 4WD.

Considering all the additional expenses of hiring a 4WD one would be wise to consider the economies of fly-in fly-out tours whereby APT provide local transport to walks etc. Of course one has to meet their timetables but the guides and super vehicles, morning teas etc DO compare very favorably to the private/rental 4WD option.

3 nights is plenty to see 90% of the attractions - 4 nights says you need to bring a good amount of reading or be very enthusiastic about walking or bird watching or watching ants etc.


The only option is all meals and the meals are GREAT. Bush cooking at its finest - 3 courses all included. They serve soft drinks and alcohol and considering how far out it is prices are very reasonable. Of course their is nothing to stop you bringing your own to the tent but it won't be cool.

Winter is the ONLY time to come and it is still HOT! July was 29-39 C in day time and 15-20C at night. Walks are moderate, typically 10-15 km from 'camp', then 3 km each each way on foot ..but in that heat ..it is sufficient. The time to walk is early morning and then find a shady place to sit out the hot part of the day.

Their are 2 types of cabins, std with twin beds and 'better' with double beds and two extra chairs and a small table. If choosing, try and get an East facing cabin to avoid the afternoon 'bake', ideally one facing the creek (for privacy) and remote from reception, to avoid the after dinner chatter which does go on a bit.

Overall the comfort is very good and the staff are excellent.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed in the twin Eco tent two nights in early June. Very comfortable and the staff are fantastic. I hope they are WELL LOOKED AFTER by APT. They add a huge amount to a great experience, with their knowledge of the area and willingness to share tips and overall friendliness and professionalism. The tents are spacious and comfortable. The showers were OK but just having the ensuite bathroom was a great luxury after a day out tramping around the sights. We cannot recommend this site highly enough. The evening meal was a lovely surprise, fantastic food and lots of it. I have never eaten so well. The staff go out of their way to accomodate all dietary tastes and requirements. We cannot speak highly enough of the whole experience. The only negative thing was that our tent faced due west and we were unable to even consider sitting out on the balcony as the sun was unbearable. Fortunately we were able to head over to the main area for tea/coffee and shaded verandahs. It would have been nice to also have tea/coffee making facilities in our room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We arranged for a one night two full day trip to the Bungles, using a small plane to access the area. On arrival we were met by a young man who was our guide throughout our stay. He drove us to a number of trailheads and we took a number of spectacular hikes. We stayed in a superior tent and found it very comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

There are 2 APT camps at the Bungle Bungle's, we stayed at the newest camp also smaller than the other camp.
This is the camp site they use for the promotions for the camping experience,.

There is nothing I could fault, it is a destination you remember. Food was great, staff the best of all APT sites..

For the middle of the middle of nowhere, this is luxury.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nites as part of our self drive trip through the Kimberleys (Aug). We found the food to be a good quality, the staff were excellent, helpful. Although this is an APT camp we were included as part of the group. we had standard tents which included ensuite bathrooms. bear in mind if travelling this way in August the nites can get a little cool so pack a lite warm top.
there is no power to tents for charging small items, however the staff offered an evening charging service if wanted. if travelling with car fridge as we did ensure you have a duel battery system in vehicle.
Highly recommend a stop here for a couple of days to explore this area. nice to come home to a cold drink or a "cuppa" and know that you are not cooking dinner.
up there with the best of them. We rated this camp as 1 of our top 3 stays on our trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This was our first time staying in an APT bush camp, and we really weren't too sure what to expect. I'm not such a keen camper - I like my creature comforts such as a bathroom. The APT camp at the Bungles was great! Almost a perfect combination of feeling like you're camping, while at the same time sleeping in a proper bed with your own en suite, and having someone provide you with good food and not having to erect your own tent. We had two nights here, and it really got under our skin. Sleeping under canvas (albeit steel framed) enhances the feeling of remoteness and doing something special.

The food was surprisingly good, particularly considering the remoteness.

Room Tip: Take a jumper - it can get cold out there on the edge of the Tanami.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Address: Purnululu National Park, Purnululu National Park, Western Australia, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Purnululu National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Purnululu National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When it comes to accommodation in Purnululu National Park, Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge sets a standard all of its own, and is guaranteed to be a holiday highlight. APT's private Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge is located right in the heart of World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. It offers convenient access to the stunning beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, and the breathtaking beauty of Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms Gorge. The idyllic bush setting gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the national park's tranquil beauty. The private ensuited tented cabins are strategically placed to ensure your privacy, whilst still being located close to the main lodge facilities. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere from your private deck, as you observe the abundance of beautiful birdlife. Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge features two grades of accommodation, Standard Twin or Superior Twin/King Double tented cabins. 3 Course dinner and breakfast are included in your tariff. Dining facilities at the lodge feature a retractable roof, offering you the opportunity to dine under the stars. After dinner, relax with new friends around the campfire as you take in the beautiful bush surrounds. Lunch is also available upon request (additional cost, please advise at time of booking). Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge is a licensed premises and has a small range of alcoholic beverages available for sale. We are proud of our 'leave no trace' philosophy, which helps protect this unique World Heritage-listed national park. The Award-Winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge was awarded the inaugural New Product Development Award by Australia's North West Tourism, an affiliate of Tourism Western Australia. It also received a silver medal in both the Ecotourism and Unique Accommodation categories of the Western Australian Tourism Awards. ... more   less 
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