Tunnel Creek National Park is home to Australia’s oldest cave system. Tunnel Creek flows through a water worn tunnel beneath the Devonian reef.
Tunnel Creek cave is famous as a hideout used late last century by an Aboriginal leader known as Jandamarra. He was killed outside its entrance in 1897.
Please respect any Aboriginal paintings by not touching the art works.
You can walk 750 metres through the tunnel to the other side of the Napier Range. Wade through several permanent pools and watch for bats and the stalactites that descend from the roof in many places.
Freshwater crocodiles are occasionally found in the pools. Take a torch, wear sneakers and be prepared to get wet and possibly cold.
If rain is imminent in the area do not enter the cave, as it is subject to flooding.
Take a day trip to the tunnel
Day trips to Tunnel Creek operate from Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome and usually include a visit to Windjana Gorge. Park Fees apply.
You need a four-wheel-drive to access the park, which is generally inaccessible during the wet season.
Tunnel Creek picnic area facilities are limited to toilets, picnic tables and an information shelter.
You are welcome to camp at nearby Windjana Gorge National Park (camping fees apply).
Tunnel View Trail
The entrance to Tunnel View Trail is only a 10 minute walk from the car park.
The trail runs underground for 750 metres and you will have to wade through several permanent pools and return the same way.
Take a torch, wear covered footwear and be prepared to get wet and possibly cold.
The roof of the tunnel has collapsed in the centre allowing additional light to enter the cave.
Stalactites descend from the roof in many places. At least five species of bats live in the cave, including ghost bats and flying foxes.