Windjana Gorge – Western Australia’s Kimberley Region

Windjana Gorge is one of the more populated tourist areas of the Kimberley region and it is clear to see why. Located in the south-west Kimberley, Windjana Gorge is one of many deep gorge systems that run through the Kimberley’s landscape. With walls as high as 100m, the journey through Windjana Gorge completely separates you from the outside world and you are consumed by its magnitude and the nature that surrounds. In wet season the Lennard River runs through the gorge and feeds the life of the area all year round.

Millions of years of the Lennard River flowing through this area has carved Windjana Gorge into how we see it today. In the dry season the 3.5km gorge is reduced to several waterholes along the sandy bank with lush green bushland running to the rocky base. These waterholes are home to 100’s of fresh water crocodile and this is probably your best spot in the Kimberley to view them. As the sun rises and the weather warms, fresh water crocs of all sizes drag themselves to the waters edge securing a spot to take in the days rays. It is a great sight to see and a must for any keen wildlife lover.

The waterholes are also home to native fish species such as the Kimberley Archerfish and Hertz’s Catfish and provide a secure water source for the many birds of the area. Windjana Gorge is part of an ancient ocean reef system know as the Devonian Reef, a limestone reef dating back over 350 million years. Remanence of ocean life can still be seen fossilised in sections of the gorges walls.

Windjana Gorge is home to the Bunuba people. It is an area of high significance in traditional culture and the land and wildlife that inhabit the area should be treated with the upmost care and respect.

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