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    THE WALLS OF WINDJANA GORGE RISE ABRUPTLY FROM THE WIDE ALLUVIAL FLOODPLAIN OF THE LENNARD RIVER, REACHING ABOUT 100 METRES HIGH IN SOME PLACES: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    THE 3.5 KILOMETRE LONG GORGE CUTS THROUGH THE LIMESTONE OF THE NAPIER RANGE, PART OF AN ANCIENT BARRIER REEF: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Windjana Gorge National Park

The walls of Windjana Gorge rise abruptly from the wide alluvial floodplain of the Lennard River, reaching about 100 metres high in some places. The 3.5-kilometre long gorge cuts through the limestone of the Napier Range; part of an ancient barrier reef, which can also be seen at Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks.

The Lennard River runs through the gorge in wet weather, but during the dry season it forms pools surrounded by trees and shrubs.

The deep, moist soils of the riverbank support the tall broad-leaved leichardt tree, native figs and the paper-barked cadjeputs. These trees also provide shelter from the hot sun for many waterbirds, a colony of fruit bats and a large group of corellas. Freshwater crocodiles can often be seen in the pools.

Activities

See the ancient barrier reef system, limestone gorge, natural water pools, fruit bats, freshwater crocodiles, bird life, sightseeing, bush walking (hiking), photography, nature observation.

Camping

There is camping available in the park.

Location

145 kilometres from Derby.


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