Geikie Gorge

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Geikie Gorge (known locally as Darngku)[1] is a feature of the Napier Range and is located within the grounds of Geikie Gorge National Park, 20 km from Fitzroy Crossing, 1831 km northeast of Perth and 420 km east of Broome in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Believed to be one of the best-known and most easily accessed,[2] the gorge is named in honour of Sir Archibald Geikie, the Director General of Geological Survey for Great Britain and Ireland when it was given its European name in 1883.[3]

Along with Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, Geikie Gorge is part of an ancient barrier reef that developed during the Devonian Period.[3] The walls of the gorge are 30 metres high.[4] The eight kilometer gorge was created by the flowing waters of the Fitzroy River,[5] which still flows through the region and the wildlife present in the Gorge includes: the freshwater crocodile, Leichhardt's sawfish and Coach-whip stingrays.[3][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amanda Banks (2005-11-02). "Hunt for Lost German Tourist Intensifies". The Australian. Retrieved 2008-04-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ Burt, Jocelyn (1996). Discover Western Australia. UWA Press. ISBN 187556084X. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fitzroy Crossing". The Age. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Side Trips". The New York Times. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  5. ^ Daly, Margo; Anne Dehne; David Leffman; Chris Scott (2003). The Rough Guide to Australia. Rough Guides. p. 779. ISBN 1843530902. 
  6. ^ Burt, Jocelyn. Kimberley: Australia's Unique North West. UWA Press. p. 71. ISBN 1920694153. 

Coordinates: 18°04′24″S 125°43′16″E / 18.0733°S 125.7212°E / -18.0733; 125.7212