CROCODILES, GORGES AND BOAB TREES
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Derby, Gibb River Rd, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Derby.
WEATHER: Sunny, low 30's
We had stayed in Derby to take this tour with "Windjana Tours" because they were highly recommended; unfortunately the 3 day camping trip further along the Gibb river Rd was not available until mid September so we did the one day trip with them instead.
We were collected at 8am and our guide was a born and bred Kimberley girl with excellent knowledge of the area. Parts of the Gibb River road that lead to the Kimberley diamond mines were sealed - the mine had had problems with workers being stranded in the wet season so had gone into partnership with the government to seal the road. after that it was pretty rough.
Windjana Gorge NP, 150 kms from Derby, is another area of 390 million year old Devonian reef system, spanning 3 kms with towering walls reaching 100 metres in places. the night had been cool so there were 20-30 fresh water crocodiles lolling about on the sand banks, warming themselves. If you are quiet and move slowly they allow you to get pretty close.
It was picturesque place and we wandered slowly around enjoying the ancient rocks, aboriginal drawings and the birds and crocs.
We heard the story of Jundamurra, an aboriginal who used guerilla tactics to fight the whites and maintain territory in the early 1900's. He lived in the caves of the gorhe and at Tunnel Creek.
We ventured onto Tunnel creek where the creek flows through an ancient 750 meter tunnel with stalactites, stalagmites and lovely pools of water. It is very dark in places and we had torches as we waded through the knee deep water until we reached daylight and a beautiful swimming area on the other side. Lovely.
We didn't take the camera in so have downloaded a picture to give you an idea of the place.
We stopped at some significant sites on the way back, including the old police station that was a holding place for aborigines who fought hard in this area to retain their land and were cruelly treated.
The gorgeous old boab trees were spectacular in the late afternoon light.
We reached Derby at 6.30pm and Sheila and Kath made a beeline for Jila's Cafe to enjoy some recommended pizza and it was delicious and a fitting close to a great day.