Windjana Gorge is a 3.5 km gorge, carved out of the Napier Range by the Lennard River. The Napier Range is part of the same ancient barrier reef system that you also see at Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge. (Over 300 million years ago in the Devonian period this whole area was below sea level.) Makes you wonder a little about global warming doesn’t it? The gorge walls on both sides of Windjana Gorge are between 30 to 100 metres high, and the gorge is over 100 metres wide. The gorge is closed in wet season when the Lennard River is a raging torrent. Fresh water Crocodiles are plentiful.
Lennard Gorge is one of the little known and less visited Kimberley gorges. The 8 km long access road is 4wd only leads to a parking bay. Once parked you have a challenging walk ahead. The path is not marked but if you head to the right it will lead to a ledge overlooking the gorge and the falls and is a very rewarding view. If you head to the left it will lead to the top of the falls where you can swim and cool off. My recommendation is do both walks.
Bell Gorge is perhaps the most popular Kimberley gorge and is highly rated by all those who see it. A short stroll along Bell Creek leads you from the car park down into the gorge. A waterfall cascades between the V shaped cliffs falling to a deep pool that is perfect for swimming. Large rock patios line its edge making an ideal spot for a picnic lunch, laze after a cool swim or simply rest before continuing your trek.
Adcock Gorge is about 5 km off the Gibb River Road, along a very pretty 4WD track. The short walk leads you past a shady billabong covered in water lilies to a deep freshwater pool surrounded by grass & ferns. This is a truly beautiful and generally quiet spot.
Easily accessed, park your car in the car park on the main road and walk about a kilometre in. You will be greeted by a welcoming pool. Relax under the waterfall and massage those tired shoulders, swing from a rope to make a big splash or swim a few laps before the kilometre walk back. Because of its easy access this is a popular spot for tour operators and can be fairly crowded from time to time.
Manning Gorge is stunning when wet season rains cascade the full width of the gorge and as the flow slows separate waterfalls form and fall over the
terraced rock formations until finally falling to the pool below. Great place to settle in for a few days and break up your drive.
Barnett River Gorges
This is the only “free” bush camp site along the Gibb River Road, and it’s fantastic. The track in can be very rough, and the gorges themselves are not best of the Kimberley gorges but the bush camp sites are beautiful. There are quite a few of them in individual clearings along the Barnett River. To get to Barnett River Gorges take the track and keep to the right until you get to the Barnett River. Your best advised to walk from here.
The Mitchell Falls and the Mitchell Plateau
The Mitchell Falls is one the most photographed icons of the Kimberley but I have never seen a photo that truly does The Mitchell Falls justice. As spectacular as every picture of the Mitchell Falls is it’s not just about the Mitchell Falls. There is much more to this very special place. There’s Little Mertens Falls, (it’s no so little) the natural spa pools above and hidden cave beneath are an absolute treasure. There is the spectacular open air gallery displaying the world renowned Bradshawrock art.
There is a truly unforgettable bush walk that leads you over crystal clear streams shaded by pandanus palms, pools covered in water lilies, breathtaking cliffs and waterfalls. This walk will take you 4 to 6 hours return. It’s rough country and there are many sidetracks that can extend the length of your walk. Make sure you carry enough water.
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