Top Trail: Time Walk, Windjana Gorge NP
About the Trail
Once reef where a shallow sea covered the area 350 million years ago, Windjana Gorge now exists as a result of the Lennard River gouging its way through the Napier Range, exposing a completely different rock formation to others in the area. The Time Walk contains many interpretive signs of different periods, showing how long this formation has been in existence.
Commencing from the trailhead at the carpark, you walk towards the grey and orange rock face where you can see the river winding through the gorge. Accessible by a small gap-like tunnel you will emerge on the other side to the shady, cool, green gorge where you can take time to view the wildlife. Freshwater crocodiles bask on the beach as others float in the water and flocks of corellas groom each other in the trees and on cliff walls.
The Time Walk is an easy short walk, however, you may wish to stay a little longer to soak up the beauty! While in the area check out the Gorge Walk - a 7km return walk which takes you along the full length of the gorge and back. It runs along the course of the Lennard River, which becomes a series of pools in the dry season. It allows you a close look at the gorge's resident fruit bats, corellas and freshwater crocodiles. This walk requires a moderate level of fitness.
The Windjana Gorge National Park can be found along the Fairfield Leopold Downs Road, a gravel road that connects the Great Northern Highway with the famous Gibb River Road. On the other end the Leopold Downs Road joins the Great Northern Highway 60 kilometres close to Fitzroy Crossing.
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