Tunnel Creek National Park, Kimberley Region

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Tunnel Creek National Park is a national park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, northeast of Perth and 390km east of Broome. The natural cave through which Tunnel Creek flows is a major attraction of the park.Many aboriginal rock paintings and speleothems are present in the cave decorating the walls. The cave was the hideout of the aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra who was killed outside the entrance of the cave in 1897.GeographyThe park is located in the Napier Range and covers an area of 91ha. The range is composed of limestone and is the remains of a Devonian reef system formed around 350 million years ago.The tunnel component of Tunnel Creek has a length of approximately 750m that runs underground and it one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. The reef was first exposed around 250 million years ago and the first cave systems began to form, the present cave systems were created about 20 million years ago.The cave reaches a maximum height of 12m and has a maximum width of 15m. The creek was once known as "The Cave of the Bats" with at least five species of bat inhabiting the cavern. There are large pools of water on the floor of the cave in which freshwater crocodiles have been found. The pools indicate that the water table is only just below the present floor surface and water only flows through the area after heavy rainfall.
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  • My husband and I took our three year old twins through the tunnel. We didn't join a tour group but just did the walk on our own. Thankfully we had excellent head lamps as it was really dark. To be hon...  more »
  • As the hideout of famous Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra, this place seems to have a certain presence. Tunnel Creek is very cool and dark (bring a torch) and you'll probably have to wade thr...  more »
  • A must visit place. Walk through the tunnel, through parts of the river with small fresh water crocs hiding in the water. It was a very good morning spent here.  more »
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  • This was the most unique national park we visited in the Kimberley. Access is directly off the car park and starts off with a fun scramble over some rocks before wading through some water into the tunnel. When we were there (early June) it was not possible to avoid the water and get the shoes wet (deepest part about knee deep) but a bit later in the season it should be possible to get across in the dry. Take the time to continue down to the first 2 or 3 pools on the other side of the tunnel. It's a very nice area with lots of fish. We also saw several large monitor lizards there.
  • Is really cool wading through the caves !! Be sure to pack a good torch and look for the freshie in the water !
  • Awesome walk...take a bright torch
  • It's worth the trip. Great view and just a little bit of climbing at the beginning. May not suitable for small kids under 8..don't know
  • Fantastic experience to walk the creek through the mountain - about 400 metres. You need a head lamp and keep an eye open for fresh water crocodiles. You wade waste deep and walk on sandy river banks.