Geikie Gorge National Park
Set in the far north of the Kimberley, the focus of this national park is the spectacular 30-metre-deep Geikie Gorge, with its colourful cliffs and sculptured rock formations carved by the waters of the Fitzroy River. The gorge is part of an ancient limestone reef system and, on still days, the yellow, orange and grey-white walls are reﬂected in the waters of the river. Along the riverbanks are thick knots of tropical reeds, freshwater mangroves, native ﬁg trees and pandanus. River gums and cadjeputs provide a welcome home for ﬂying-foxes while the river supports sawﬁsh and stingrays, which over centuries have adapted to the fresh water. Freshwater crocodiles and barramundi are plentiful. Birdwatchers will note the great bowerbird, clamorous reed-warbler, great egret, little pied cormorant and darter, among other bird species.
Bunaba guides lead boat tours through the gorge, giving visitors an insight into the Aboriginal heritage of the area. DEC rangers also run boat tours on the geology, wildlife and history of the area. Private boats and canoes are permitted access to the gorge after 6.30pm, but rangers must be notiﬁed before launching.
Walks include the Reef Walk (3 km return, 1 hour, medium difﬁculty) skirting the base of a gorge wall, best undertaken in the early morning or late afternoon; and the easy River Walk, following the banks of the Fitzroy River to the Sandbar, a popular ﬁshing and swimming spot. The park offers day use only, from April to November, and restricted entry in the wet season, between December and March, when the Fitzroy River ﬂoods the area.
Location and access
280 km south-east of Derby via Great Northern Hwy; 20 km north-east of Fitzroy Crossing via Brooking Springs
- DEC Geikie Gorge (08) 9191 5112
- DEC West Kimberley (08) 9195 5500
Fitzroy Crossing (08) 9191 5355
- Darngku Heritage Cruises - Fitzroy Crossing, Recreational Indigenous, Recreational Indigenous
- Geikie Gorge National Park, Eco-friendly activity