Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system.
Carved by the Lennard River, Bandilngan (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 freshwater crocodiles.
The area is of great cultural importance to the local Bunuba people, and was the base for Jandamurra, the Bunuba man who led an armed rebellion against European settlers in the 1890s.
- Savannah Walk Trail: a short walk along the south-eastern wall with descriptions of plants and animals found outside the Gorge
- Time Walk Trail: discover the marine life forms fossilized within the limestone of the Gorge walls. Freshwater crocodiles can be seen in the pools, especially at Bandigan Rock.
- Gorge Walk Trail: this trail winds through the Gorge for 3.5 kilometres each way. Please carry adequate drinking water.
Within Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park you can also visit the ruins of the homestead constructed from the local limestone in 1884 for the King Sound Pastoral Company. In 1893 it became a police outpost, and the site is known as Lillimilura Police Station ruins.
An entry station is located at the entrance to the national park; for more information on park passes, please see here. Park passes may also be purchased at visitor centres in the region.
Parks and Wildlife also operate a campground at Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park. The campground is unpowered, and is suitable for tents and caravans.
How to get there
Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park is 150 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing, 145 kilometres from Derby and the only access is via the unsealed Fairfield-Leopold Road. A 4WD vehicle is recommended.
A wide range of day and extended tours operate from Derby and Broome.
During the wet season, from December to March, the roads into the park can be closed due to local flooding.