WINDJANA GORGE

 

Windjana Gorge
(C) DPAW

GPS 17 24 39 S 124 56 44 E

 

 

 

 

Entry fee and / or camping fee charged Toilets available Tent camping sites Caravan access possible Pets prohibited Sight seeing area Walk trails Ranger or caretaker on site or visits Showers available DANGER no swimming Site may flood or be inaccessible during rain 4 wheel drive access only

 

 

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The Gorge is 22km off the Gibb River Road, 145 kilometres east of Derby and is usually accessible by 2wd vehicles during the dry season although 4x4 access is reccomended.

It is formed from a Devonian reef system which is believed to be 350 million years old. The 3.5 kilometre long gorge is part of the same system that gave rise to both Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek.

When Europeans first began to move into this area, the gorge was the setting for a bloody battle between the Aboriginal people, who were defending their way of life, and the police, who had been sent in to 'pacify' the natives after a long running series of deadly confrontations. The Aboriginal leader was known to the Europeans as Pigeon and to his own people as Jandamarra.

The campsite caters for both tent and caravan camping but there are no powered sites.

Freshwater corcodiles are very common here and although they are not regarded as man-eaters, they still pose a risk and should not be approached.

Vertical cliff faces plunge down to tranquil pools where native figs, cadjeput and liechardt trees attract flocks of corellas and squabbling flying foxes.

Access to the park is not usually available during the wet season rains (December - March) as roads become impassable.

 

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