Geikie Gorge National Park

Geikie Gorge National Park, David & Parer-Cook Elizabeth Parer / Auscape International
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Introduction

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.

Fact file

Camping

No camping

Location and access

280 km south-east of Derby via Great Northern Hwy; 20 km north-east of Fitzroy Crossing via Brooking Springs

Park information

  • DEC Geikie Gorge (08) 9191 5112
  • DEC West Kimberley (08) 9195 5500

Size

3136 ha

Visitor information

Fitzroy Crossing (08) 9191 5355

See Also

See Also

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