Walking in Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park

Gorge Walk

Length

7 km

LEVEL

Grade 3 - Easy walking on a signed, dirt track.

OPENING TIMES

Park open during the dry season only, usually May - November (dates vary according to conditions).

ACCESSIBLE

Sandy pathway, rough and uneven in areas, sturdy footwear recommended. We recommend that you take this walk during the cooler times of the day - before 11am or after 2pm

Into the heart of the Devonian Reef

Dwarfed between the towering walls of Bandilngan, the gorge walk impresses upon you the majesty of the Devonian Reef.

The trail winds its way along the course of the Lennard River. Bandiran (paperbarks) and marrura (Leichardt Pines) abound in the riverine environment. Both of these trees have been integral to our lifestyle for 10s of 100s of years. The bark of the bandiran is used to wrap balga (barramundi) and walnga (black bream) before being cooked over the coals. Whereas the malleable timber of the marrura was once used in the making of our rafts and canoes.

With permanent pools of water, there are many animals drawn to the gorge. Pythons, goannas, waterbirds and even the elusive echidna may be spotted along this walk. For the more observant visitor, there are also colonies of green ants nesting in the trees.

At 7km return the gorge walk is the longest trail in Bandilngan. There is a sign along the track to alert you to the end point of the walk. Please do not proceed past this sign for both cultural and safety reasons.

It is recommended that you walk during the cooler times of the day - before 11am and after 2pm

Carry adequate water - at least 1L of water per person for each hour walking

Hats, long sleeves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes are strongly recommended

WE REQUEST THAT YOU REMAIN ON THE PATHS AT ALL TIMES. THERE ARE CULTURAL REASONS AS TO WHY IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO VENTURE OUTSIDE MARKED AREAS OR TO ATTEMPT TO CLIMB THE GORGE WALLS

LIMESTONE RISK AREA

This area contains hazardous terrain of sharp rocks and deep crevices.

Fatalities have occurred here.

For your safety:

  • Do not climb on the limestone rocks

  • Stay on the marked trail