This week has been a little bit quieter – by choice. From Broome we made our way to Derby with a lot of nothing in-between. Derby is a small little country town in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia with a few natural attractions near by, so we used it as a base. The first thing we went to look at was the jetty. Now, I’m not a fan of black and white photography (it’s not my reality), but this particular shot, I felt really suited it, so, here it is!
Here it is in colour with a nearby bush fire giving it the orange glow…
From Derby we went to Windjana Gorge National Park which has over 70 fresh water crocodiles. The gorge is carved by the Lennard River through the Napier Range, which exposes the ancient reef system, regarded by geologist as a classic feature of world geology. The river has taken millions of years to erode out the gorge. At one stage river gravel containing the fossil remains of extinct crocodiles and turtles, accumulated in a cave 40 metres above the present river level. One of the crocodiles represented among the fossil bones was a giant form about 7 metres long! Luckily, the ones we saw were not that big!
From there we drove to Tunnel Creek National Park. It takes its name from the 750 metre long tunnel carved out of the limestone range by flowing water.
The following day, we headed to Geikie Gorge National Park which is 18km from Fitzroy Crossing. This gorge is carved by the Fitzroy River through ancient limestone reef. During April to October this river has an abundance of fish and birds which are attracted to its tree line banks.
Now, where you can see the white line in the photo below, that’s the water level of the river in the ‘wet‘ season! Quite a difference, hey?
Well, this is it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip through part of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia 🙂