Geikie Gorge, Geikie Gorge National Park, Kimberley Region - Fitzroy Crossing, WA

Geikie Gorge, Geikie Gorge National Park, Kimberley Region

Geikie Gorge National Park is in Western Australia, 1831 km north-east of Perth and 420 kms west of Broome. The Gorge is situated at the junction of the Oscar and the Geikie Ranges. The mighty Fitzroy River has carved a 30 metre deep gorge into the remains of the ancient limestone barrier reef that was created here in the Devonian period.

During the wet season when the Fitzroy is in full flood water covers the whole of the National Park. The flooding waters rise over 16 metres up the gorge walls. Over millions of years the abrasive action of the floodwaters on the limestone walls has scoured the surface leaving the bottom of the walls bleached white, and a popular subject with photographers.

Features

Facilities
Geikie Gorge National Park is a day use park only. Camping is not allowed, but there are picnic shelters and barbecue facilities, water and toilets.
Activities
The best way to see Geikie Gorge is to join a boat tour. One option is the CALM operated boat tour. (CALM is the Department of Conservation and Land Management, which looks after this and the other Kimberley national parks). The CALM boat tours depart once or twice a day and are guided by one of the rangers. The tours last for about an hour and tickets can only be bought at the gorge prior to the tour, and only with cash.

The other option is the Darngku Heritage Cruise, a half day (5 hour) tour that includes a guided walk.

There are three walks in Geikie Gorge National Park. The Reef Walk is the longer one. It will take you about 1.5 hours to follow the trail across the floodplains to the point where the western gorge wall meets the river, and to return along the river bank. It's the only walk that allows you good views of the bleached eastern gorge walls.

There is also a short loop walk, branching off the first part of the Reef Walk, which will take you up into the limestone rocks and through a different habitat and vegetation.

The other walk is called River Walk and only takes about 20 minutes. It leads down to a sandbank on the river where you can have a fish, maybe spot some freshwater crocodiles, and if you're brave you can even go for a swim.

Location

Geikie Gorge Rd
Fitzroy Crossing, WA, 6765