Geikie Gorge, like Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, is part of the Napier Range formed by the 350 million year old Devonian limestone reef that extends throughout the Kimberley region. It too has been carved out from water; the mighty Fitzroy River has a catchment area larger than Tasmania, with headwaters commencing in the King Leopold and Mueller Ranges it greets the ocean over 700km downstream in King Sound, near Derby.
In flood, the Fitzroy River is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When visiting the information hut in the park be sure to read the water gauge marker which shows the staggering flood levels over the years. It is difficult to comprehend the phenomenal volume of water that can swallow the Fitzroy Crossing!
Joining the guided boat tour is one of the best ways to appreciate the distinctive banding of the colourful gorge walls and the variety of wildlife that inhabit the park. Kangaroos, abundant bird life with their ingenuity in building bottle shaped nests in limestone overhangs as well as crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandy banks, can all be easily spotted while cruising on the reflective waters. Or just sit back and relax into the mesmerising patterns of the boat’s wake and absorb the tranquil ambience.
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