Gorges, Rivers and Lakes

Rivers

The ancient landscape of Australia's North West has a comprehensive network of large river systems. The ancient landscape of Australia's North West has a comprehensive network of large river systems.

 The Pilbara is home to the Ashburton, De Grey, Robe and Fortesque Rivers. Major rivers in the Kimberley include the Ord River in the east and the Fitzroy River spans some 750 kilometres and is said to be the largest river in Australia when in flood. Creating a spectacular look out point, the meeting of five rivers near Wyndham and flow out of the Cambridge Gulf.

Local tours operate fishing, kayaking and scenic cruise tours year round.

Gorges

 The 2 billion year old landscape of Karijini National Park hosts over 10 deep lush gorges, most famously Dales, Weano, Hanock and Joffre Gorge.

The amazing geological formations of the Bungle Bungle Range, in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, has Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm and Piccaninny Gorge. El Questro Wilderness Park is home to many picturesque gorges including Emma, El Questro and Chamberlain Gorge. An ancient Devonian reef system and flowing rivers have created Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Giekie Gorge in the west Kimberley.

Join a guided walking tours or head out on a marked hiking trails to explore these gorges.

 Lakes

 The Pilbara has several small seasonal lakes, including Lake Disappointment, Lake Auld, Percival Lakes and Lake Mackay which straddles the Northern Territory boarder.

The enormous Lake Argyle in the Kimberley was created when the Ord River was dammed in the 1960s. Today it’s classed as an inland sea, holding 26 times more water than Sydney Harbour. Scenic cruises depart daily.

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