Fitzroy Crossing national parks and parks

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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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    TUNNEL CREEK NATIONAL PARK HAS WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST CAVE SYSTEM: 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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Tunnel Creek National Park

Western Australia's oldest cave system, in Tunnel Creek National Park, is famous as a hideout used late last century by an Aboriginal leader known as Jandamarra. He was killed outside its entrance in 1897.

Tunnel Creek flows through a water worn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range, part of the 375 to 350 million-year-old Devonian Reef system. You can walk 750 metres through the tunnel to the other side of Napier Range, wading through several permanent pools and watching for bats and the stalactites that descend from the roof in many places. At least five species of bat live in the cave, including ghost bats and fruit bats, and stalactites descend from the roof in many places.

Freshwater crocodiles are occasionally found in the pools. Take a torch, wear sneakers and be prepared to get wet and possibly cold.

Activities

Cave exploration in WA's oldest cave system, stalactytes, Aboriginal history, sightseeing, bushwalking (hiking) and photography.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

115 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing.


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Geiki Gorge National Park

Geikie Gorge National Park is one of the most easily accessible national park in the Kimberley and is located just 20 km from Fitzroy Crossing. Geikie Gorge is situated at the junction of the Oscar and the Geikie Ranges. The mighty Fitzroy River has carved a 30 metre deep gorge into the remains of the ancient limestone barrier reef that existed here in the Devonian period.

During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises about 16.5 metres, staining the walls of the gorge and flooding the entire national park. In the dry season, between April and November, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung out beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian reef.

Geikie Gorge National Park is a day use park only. Camping is not allowed. You can explore the park on several walking trails or join one of the boat cruises.

Activities

See ancient limestone reef system, aboriginal heritage, bird life, fruit bats, freshwater crocodiles. sightseeing, photography, walking, nature observation, boat cruise.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

20 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing.


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