Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, around 420 kilometres east of Broome. This spectacular waterway is part of the 350-million-year-old Balili (Devonian Reef) National Park and is one of the most accessible parks in the Kimberley region, only 20 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing.
This stunning waterway was carved out of the rock by the great Fitzroy River over thousands of years. One of the Kimberley’s most important waterways, the Fitzroy River cuts through Geikie and Oscar Ranges, through open plains, past colourful cliffs, deep gorges and a mass of caves with abundant wildlife along the way.
The Balili Conservation Park or Devonian Reef Conservation Park is an Australian protected area made up of Danggu Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek that was part of an ancient reef system formed over 350 million years ago.
On a Fitzroy River cruise through Danggu Geikie Gorge, you can witness the spectacular landscape, hear Dreamtime stories of how the gorge was created and maybe spot some of the local crocs!
The limestone reef was formed by algae and lime-secreting organisms. The reeding waters allowed the organisms to build a reef up to 2 kilometres thick. Fitzroy River flood waters which can rise to 16m in the Kimberley’s wet season carved the 30m deep Danggu Geikie Gorge through the limestone while the abrasive action of the floodwaters scoured some of the colourful limestone walls to gleaming white.
Take a top-end tour with Fun Over 50 Holidays and join us for a memorable river cruise through Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park.
The gorge was named in 1883 in honour of Sir Archibald Geikie, the Director General of Geological Survey for Great Britain and Ireland. The Bunuba people are the traditional owners of Danggu Geikie Gorge, and the National Park is slowly being changed to the Bunuba name Danggu.
The gorge’s river water sustains an abundance of fauna and flora. River gums and dense banks of reeds line the banks as well as freshwater mangroves, pandanus, native figs and, cajeput.
Native wildlife includes freshwater crocodiles, Balga (freshwater barramundi), Baya Gawiy (Coach Whip stingray) and the rare Galwanyi (Leichhardt’s sawfish.) Fruit bats are a common sight, and you might catch a glimpse of the reed warbler, lilac-crowned wren, and the great bowerbird.
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