Winjana Gorge/Tunnel Creek


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June 2nd 2021
Published: June 2nd 2021
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We arrived in Broome, gateway to the vast Kimberley region at 7:00 pm. Then it was off to dinner and a quick sleep at the Cable Beach Resort. There was no time to be wasted, up for breakfast at 5:00 and on the road just after 6:00 am. We were joined on our tour by 10 other bleary-eyed souls ready for adventure on our rugged outback bus with our guide, Calum.

After several hours of travel we reached our first destination, Windjana Gorge. This ancient geological area was formed when the Leonard River carved out its path through the Napier Range. The range itself was formed some 350 million years ago when the ocean levels receded exposing a large limestone reef.

The gorge is also the site of a famous battle between the Aboriginal legend, Jandamarra who led a three-year resistance against the early European settlers before Australia was even a country

The battle took place in 1894 at Windjana Gorge between the Bunuba people and 30 police officers. Jandamarra was badly injured, but ultimately escaped, only to be eventually killed at Tunnel Creek in the shadow of the Oscar Range, also part of the Devonian Reef. His head was severed and ultimately put on display In Perth. Hard to believe.

The story of Jandamarra was not a proud chapter in the early days of Australia‘s history.

Exploring Tunnel Creek was very interesting. We had to climb down some rocks and boulders, and entered pitch-black caverns only illuminated by our torches. In places the footing was treacherous, but everyone made it out safely.


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