Geikie Gorge has been carved by the Fitzroy River through part of an ancient limestone barrier reef which snakes across the west Kimberley. It was laid down in an ancient sea that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago.
Geike Gorge boat tours, which are guided by the rangers from April to October, give an insight into the gorge’s wildlife and geology. You might see birds such as sea eagles and rare purple-crowned fairy-wrens, or acrobatic crocodiles snapping at stray flying-foxes.
Departure times are 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am and 3.00pm. Tours may be less frequent in April/May and September/November, so check with the rangers on (08) 9191 5121 or (08) 9191 5112. All passengers travelling on the boat cruise are required to have purchased their tickets at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Individuals don’t need to book, but tour groups must book well in advance on (08) 9195 5500 or fax (08) 9193 5027.
Cultural boat tours are guided by Bunuba Aboriginal people, whose connection to this land goes back to the Dreamtime. Tours depart at various times. For further information please contact the operators direct on 0417 907 609. Tickets must be booked on (08) 9191 5355.
From April to November, private boats and canoes may access the gorge before 7.00am or after 4.30pm. You must notify rangers before launching your boat. There are some interesting walks in the park.
The park is open from 6.30am to 6.30pm from April to November. It is closed during the wet season (December - March) when the Fitzroy River floods.
Boat tour schedule for Geikie Gorge in 2014
01 May - 14 May @ 8.00am & 3.00pm
15 May - 31 May @ 8.00am, 9.30am & 3.00pm
01 June - 30 June @ 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am & 3.00pm
01 July - 31 July @ 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am & 3.00pm
01 August - 22 August @ 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am & 3.00pm
23 August - 31 August @ 8.00am, 9.30am & 3.00pm
01 September - 30 September @ 8.00am, 9.30am & 3.00pm
01 October - 31 October @ 8.00am & 3.00pm
Should you wish to make a group booking or require further information regarding the tours please contact the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley office in Broome on (08) 9195 5500.
When you are entering the Kimberley or Pilbara regions, you are entering crocodile country. Two species of crocodile occur in Western Australia: the estuarine (or saltwater) crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. The estuarine crocodile is the largest living reptile and is considered to be a dangerous predator. Freshwater crocodiles are smaller and not as aggressive. Freshwater crocodiles inhabit Geikie Gorge. Saltwater crocodiles have not been known to occur in the area but this may change. Be CROCWISE in Western Australia's north and download our Crocodile safety and myth-busting factsheet and Crocodile brochure. For more information on Be CROCWISE see www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise