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Mount Barnett campsite, 500kms east of Broome, 2200km north of Perth
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About Manning Gorge, Mount Barnett Station, Kimberley
Manning Gorge is located on Mount Barnett Station, about half way along the Gibb River Road. Access is via the Mt. Barnett Roadhouse.
The roadhouse is really well equipped, well set up and offers good service. This is also where you pay your entrance and camping fee for Manning Gorge.
(You pay that first, and then you drive on for about 7 kilometres to the camping area and gorge.)
The 5.6km return trail starts at the Manning Gorge Campsite. The trailhead is right on the Manning River and you have to cross it, swimming, wading or both. When we did it in 2017 you could drag yourself across using a rope pulley system and a dinghy. It adds a bit of adventurous fun to the walk.
The well-marked trail starts for earnest on the other side of the river. Along the way are views to the ranges and savannah woodlands, culminating in a massive gorge with a huge waterfall fed pool. It is one of the best swimming spots in the Kimberley.
The gorge itself is huge and you can easily spend hours exploring it. It has several pools to swim through and rocks to climb up and over. You can also climb to the top of the waterfall.
The trail goes through uneven, rocky terrain getting progressively harder near the end. Most people of reasonable fitness should do the Grade 4 trail without big problems. Be sure you take plenty of drinking water and don’t leave too late in the afternoon to avoid being caught in the dark.
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Time / Duration
2 hours plus swim time
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
- Car Park
Best time of year
May to October. The dry season in the Kimberley
Camping fees at Mt Barnett Station
Air, Drive or Bus to Broome. 4WD to Mount Barnett 420km east of Broome. See Group D items on Trail Tips page.
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Manning FallsThe falls flow year round into Manning Gorge. Great swimming
Trail to Manning GorgeThere are lots of trail markers on the way to Manning Gorge
Manning Gorge trailheadThe start of the trail to Manning Gorge
Crossing the Manning CreekA small dinghy is used to cross the river using ropes that you pull yourself across with
Walking to Manning GorgeThe walk is mostly flat but does climb in and out of 3 creeks on the way
Aboriginal paintings at Manning GorgeAboriginal paintings at Manning Gorge
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