Napier Range

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Geikie Gorge in the Napier Range, 2007
Windjana Gorge in the Napier Range

The Napier Ranges are located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The range is south of and runs parallel to the King Leopold Range.

They feature the impressive Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge that were formed over 350 million years ago as part of a limestone reef.

The Fitzroy River cuts through the range at Geikie Gorge, while the Lennard River is responsible for the formation of Windjana Gorge.[1] The Barker River also carved Barker gorge through the range.

The highest point in the Napier Range is Mount Behm that is 325 metres (1,066 ft) above sea level.

The ranges were made famous by Pigeon (Jandamarra - tribal name) who was the subject of a massive police hunt and caused the construction of the Lillimilura police outpost which is on the southern side of the ranges approximately four kilometres from Windjana.

Some small deposits of copper and lead have been discovered in the Range but no active mine sites exist within the area.[2]


  1. ^ "Derby Tourism Bureau - Windjana Gorge". 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Geology of Australia". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 

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Coordinates: 17°18′S 124°45′E / 17.300°S 124.750°E / -17.300; 124.750