Keep River National Park
Keep River National Park has outstanding beehive-type geological formations of layered sandstone. The weathered outcrops and escarpments lie between plains of spinifex and woodlands of eucalypts, which ﬂower in big, cream clusters, while sprays of yellow acacia ﬂowers surround the waterways. Where ravines meet the plain, towering Livistona palms reach for the sky. There are small rock pools, leftovers from the annual wet season and housing rare marine creatures. Cockatoo Lagoon vibrates with wildlife but swimming is discouraged because of the presence of crocodiles.
Wallabies and reptiles spend much of the day in the cool crevices of the rocky terrain. In the lagoons and rock holes there are ﬁsh such as sooty grunters, red-tailed rainbows and archerﬁsh. In the bush are endangered Gouldian ﬁnches, white-quilled rock-pigeons and rare ghost and orange leafnosed-bats. The splendid tree frog (Litoria splendida), a large green and yellow creature, also lives in the park.
Evidence of the long occupation by the Miriwoong and Gadjerong people can be seen in the many rocky shelters, notably Nganalam art site (200-metre return walk from the carpark), and the people still have settlements in the park. Visitors can walk among towers of layered sandstone, along ridges that give spectacular vistas of the plains and far away hills, and among Aboriginal art sites. Ginger’s Hill walk (200 metres) leads to a hawk hide, a curious stone structure used by Aboriginal people to hunt birds. Gurrandalng walk (2 km) leaves from the campground and winds through sandstone terrain to views of the escarpment. Various walks leave from the Jarnem campground. Lookouts include those at Cockatoo Lagoon, Ginger’s Hill and Jarnem.
There are 2 camping areas; drinking water available at Jarnem
Location and access
468 kilometres west of Katherine (on NT–WA border) via Victoria Hwy
- PWCNT Katherine (08) 8951 8250
- PWCNT Keep River (08) 9167 8827
57 000 ha
Kununurra (08) 9168 1177
Katherine (08) 8972 2650
- Keep River National Park, Eco-friendly activity
- Keep River National Park, Recreational Wildlife-watching, Recreational Wildlife-watching
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