Containing some of the Kimberley’s isolated patches of remnant rainforest, the King Leopold Ranges extend for some 300 kilometres from Walcott Inlet to Margaret River, about 100 kilometres west of Halls Creek.
The ridges of the King Leopold Ranges rise to 300 metres above the surrounding plains (950 metres above sea level). Open savannah woodlands cover the sunburnt landscapes. Groves of river gum, stately paperbark trees and dense thickets of screw pine shade watercourses. Water lilies and other aquatic plants fill permanent pools in the creeks and rivers, providing cool relief from the starkness of the harsh escarpments.
Following wet season rains, great volumes of water cascade from the ranges. In the dry, tourists are attracted to the spectacular cascading waterfalls at Bell Creek Gorge, a relaxing place to swim. Camping is provided at nearby Silent Grove. Visitors also marvel at the spectacular Lennard River Gorge and the incredibly folded and faulted scenic rock formations of the ranges along the Gibb River Road. The jagged hogback scarps were shaped by tremendous geological forces.
The range is a haven for bird life and offers spectacular scenery for photographers.
The park’s other main visitor destination, Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge, has camping facilities and more comfortable accommodation.
Access is four-wheel drive only and closed during the wet season, when roads are impassable, but the waterfalls, which are swollen after the rains, can be viewed by aerial tours from Derby and Broome.
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 waterways in the King Leopold Ranges. 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