Exploring Windjana Gorge
Andy and Marty set off on May 21st with a lovely group of 16 guests from different parts of Australia and further a field in Europe. Andy and Marty were well prepared with guitars and even a drum box. I heard that they were a hit at Drysdale Station and entertained the other travellers and tour groups with a live performance. Andy also has a band ( when he is not touring the Kimberley) who have just released an album called The Eerie Things. Check it out. One of the singles “under a canopy of stars” features on our website.
Today the group have been exploring Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. There has been some building works in the region as the main roads have been upgrading the air strip to the area. It is now officially completed. This provides fast access into the area in case of emergency- Royal Flying Doctor.
Tunnel Creek is in a tiny National Park- Tunnel Creek National Park and is centred on an underground passage that has been eroded beneath the limestone range by Tunnel Creek. Five species of bats live here, including the endangered ghost bat and orange horseshoe bat. Sometimes freshwater crocodiles are seen in the cave’s perimeter pools. Jandamarra used it as a hideout during his three – year war.
The Tunnel Cave is about 750m long and 3 – 12 meters high. You can walk all the way through it from one side of the Napier Range to the other. Our guests are encouraged to bring head torches. You need to wade through water in some parts. It is a day use only area and so we camp at Windjana Gorge camp area.
Andy has taken the group to the Mowanjum Community Art Centre. The art centre has work depicting Wandjina and Bradshaw figures. All the work is from local Indigenous artists.
We hope that the group has had a wonderful holiday.