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Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks

 

Windjana Gorge National Park

Windjana Gorge National Park is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system. Carved by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long with 300 metre-high walls.

At the base of the gorge, deep freshwater pools surrounded by native fig, cadjeput and liechardt trees attract flocks of noisy corellas, fruit bats and fresh water crocodiles. The area is of great cultural importance to the local Bunuba people who once lived there, and was the base for Jandamurra, the Indigenous outlaw who led an armed rebellion against European settlers in the 1890s.

Windjana Gorge National Park is 150 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing, 145 kilometres from Derby and the only access is by unsealed roads.

During the wet season, from December to March, the roads into the park can be closed due to local flooding. Contact Derby Visitor Centre or Fitzroy Crossing Tourist Bureau for information about road conditions.

Accommodation in Windjana Gorge National Park

Designated camp grounds are the only form of accommodation in Windjana Gorge National Park. Camping facilities include toilets, showers and fresh water supplies. Contact Derby Visitor Centre or Fitzroy Crossing Tourist Bureau for information about camping fees.

Windjana Gorge tours

A wide range of day and extended tours operate from Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome. Search for Windjana Gorge tours.

Tunnel Creek National Park

Tunnel Creek National Park is Western Australia's oldest cave system. Part of the same ancient Devonian reef system as Windjana Gorge, the cave has been carved by the waters of Tunnel Creek flowing beneath the Napier Range.

You can walk 750 metres into the tunnel, wading waist-deep through freshwater pools. The cave features many beautiful formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, and is also home to a variety of bats, olive pythons and freshwater crocodiles. To experience the cave, take a reliable torch, wear old sneakers and be prepared to get wet.

Getting to Tunnel Creek National Park

Access to the park is via unsealed roads, approximately 35 kilometres southeast of Windjana Gorge National Park or 90 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing. Tunnel Creek National Park is a day use area only, with facilities limited to toilets and an information shelter. No overnight camping is permitted and access is limited to the dry season only.

Tunnel Creek tours

A wide range of day and extended tours operate from Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome. Search for Tunnel Creek tours.

For more information about Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek national parks, including tours, national park passes, road conditions and camping fees, contact one of the visitor centres in Broome, Derby or Fitzroy Crossing.

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