Located on Manning Creek in the grounds of the 283,280ha Mt Barnett Station, Manning Gorge is one of the most beautiful and best swimming spots in the Kimberley.
The waterfalls may be dry except in the early part of the season, however water remains at the base of the falls and in several pools along the creek year round, ideal for a refreshing dip. When exploring, you may also come across some examples of Bradshaw and Wandjina rock art.
Visiting the gorge involves an adventurous walk of approximately 3 kilometres to the top of the gorge, following the informal trail markers made up of rock cairns, red discs and arrows. The trail begins at the campground, where visitors must first cross Manning Creek to re-join the trail path on the other side. Visitors may swim the 100 metres across, or use the rope-guided dinghy.
The trail follows a route overland rather than along the creek with views over the ranges and savannah woodlands along the way. The terrain is uneven, with some rock scrambling and an incline towards the end. The trail is mostly unshaded, so it is important to bring drinking water and to wear a hat.
Entrance fees are payable at the Mt Barnett Roadhouse about 7 kilometres from the start of the gorge trail; you can also pay camping fees for the basic campsite at the trailhead there.