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A Reef in the Middle of The Kimberley

Sunrise at Windjana Gorge Campground

Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek are two quite exciting places in The Kimberley. Both provide access points to what used to be a reef and the amazing limestone formation is now, of course, nowhere near the water. This makes it so marvelous to walk past what used to be corals right in the middle of a sandy, dry bushland that’s sprinkled with old Boab Trees.

At Windjana Gorge’s campground the friendly ranger encouraged us  not to swim in the river (well, what he said was, “nah mate, I wouldn’t go in the water, but if you wanna, mind the crocodiles”). On our walk in the morning we counted 15 crocs, which really stopped our appetite for a bath.

There is no way around swimming at Tunnel Creek, 30 kilometers further from Windjana Gorge. Also part of the same reef, the river has dug a tunnel under the limestone, which is great fun to explore. The water is pretty crisp, but only reaches to the upper thigh at the deepest point. Thankfully Thorsten remembered to pack extra torches…I really didn’t want to be stuck in the tunnel without any light.

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