Windjana Gorge National Park

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Windjana Gorge National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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View from base of gorge
Map showing the location of Windjana Gorge National Park
Map showing the location of Windjana Gorge National Park
Location Kimberley
Nearest city Derby
Coordinates 17°25′42″S 124°58′35″E / 17.42833°S 124.97639°E / -17.42833; 124.97639Coordinates: 17°25′42″S 124°58′35″E / 17.42833°S 124.97639°E / -17.42833; 124.97639
Area 2,050 ha (5,100 acres)[1]
Established 1971
Governing body Department of Environment and Conservation
http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/component/option,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,45/Itemid,755/

Windjana Gorge National Park is a national park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (Australia), 1855 km northeast of Perth and 355 km east of Broome.

The gorge has been carved by the Lennard River and is over 3 km long and about 100m wide with walls to a height of 30m in places. The rocks are part of the Napier Range, an ancient Devonian reef system that is over 375 million years old.[2] The rocks are the same as the ones found at Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge.

The river flows freely through the gorge during the wet season but during the dry season (between May and September) it becomes a series of pools surrounded by trees and shrubs. Some of the vegetation found along the river banks include paperbarks, cadjebuts, native fig trees and leichhardt trees.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report. Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010. p. 48. ISSN 1835-114X. 
  2. ^ "Australia's North West - National Park". 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Windjana Gorge Tours". 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 

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