Windjana Gorge National Park

Windjana Gorge National Park is located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. It is 145 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing, 146 kilometres from Derby and 38 kilometres north-west of Tunnel Creek; and is accessible by an unsealed road. There is a permanent spring just past the Leopold Downs Station turnoff and there are several flood ways on the section of the road between the Great Northern Highway and Tunnel Creek National Park, please check the road condition report. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the park, which is generally inaccessible during the wet season.

Windjana Gorge National park is one of the Kimberley's stunning gorges. See the striking glory of a 350 million year old Devonian period reef rising majestically above the surrounding plains. The walls of Windjana Gorge rise abruptly from the wide alluvial floodplain of the Lennard River, reaching about 100 metres high in some places.

General Facilities include carpark, picnic area, camping area, toilets, showers and sheltered Area. National Park access is $12.00 per vehicle, seating up to 12, or $6.00 with concession, alternatively see our friendly staff for a National Parks Pass to gain access to all of Western Australia's National Parks.

Pitch a tent

The park has good camping facilities and the Windjana Gorge Campground is suitable for caravans but there are no powered sites. The campgrounds provide showers, toilets, phone, picnic tables and fire pits, which are subject to seasonal use only. Please note that no pets are allowed in National Parks.

Camping costs are:
Adult: $12.00
Concession: $8.80
Child (6-15yrs): $2.20

Meet the wildlife

The Lennard River runs through Windjana Gorge in wet weather, but forms pools surrounded by trees and shrubs during the dry season. The 3.5km long gorge cuts through Napier Range: part of the ancient Devonian limestone reef that can also be seen at Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Freshwater crocodiles bask in the pools, while fruit bats and corellas roost in the waterside trees.

Walk the gorge

Walks include the Gorge Walk, which begins at the camping area and winds through the gorge for 3.5km each way. The Short Time Walk takes a look at marine life forms fossilised within the limestone of the gorge walls. The Savannah Walk along the south-eastern wall showcases the plants and animals of the woodlands

Steeped in culture

Aboriginal leader Jandamarra used the gorge as a hideout and was shot and injured at Pigeon’s Rock during a gun battle with Europeans in 1894. Windjana Gorge is a highly spiritual place to Bunuba people and the Wandjina are the powerful creation spirits that reside here. Hence the name Windjana, which was (mis)recorded by William Forrester, who took up a nearby pastoral lease in 1884 and built Lillimooloora Homestead. You can visit the ruins of this homestead.