Monday, August 11, 2008

Kimberley Adventure III - Windjana Gorge

The next stop on the bus tour was Windjana Gorge which we got to by the Gibb River Road.

The Gibb River Road is well known up here and used to be the main stock route through the region. Nowadays it is the route many grey nomads and 4WDers frequent on their journeys through the Kimberley and the home of a gruelling charity bike race.

Windjana Gorge has been carved through the Napier Range by the Lennard River which, at this time of year, is no more than a few pools of water. The Napier Range is actually an ancient reef, created 350 million years ago when the southern Kimberley was under the ocean. It’s really quite hard to believe that the 100m towering red and black limestone walls of the gorge were created by coral and shell.

Windjana is home to a large number of freshwater crocodiles (see crocs post for pics) as well as numerous birds, butterflies, flying foxes and wallabies.

It was a really peaceful place despite the excited tourists trying to get good pics of the crocs without getting eaten.