Tunnel Creek National Park, Western Australia

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • 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. 
  • We did the drive to Tunnel Creek National Park then on to Windjana Gorge where we overnighted (see my other review for Windjana). The cave is a lot of fun, bring a flashlight though and prepare to get...  read more »
  • This spot is a wonderful example of a tourist location on the Gibb River Road: ca 50km away from the main line with a historical background (Ranger & Aboriginie) - a river running through a cave. This landmark is situated at the western end of the CFR and can be reached also from the highway from the South (National Park!) much visited. On the Internet I have described this place actually again found - a highlight, but often as the following in all travel reports: were going to the cave entrance and then continue. Significant background of this place it's been described very nicely on the information boards in addition to the an experience and Erkundungsort for us, - thanks to our guide Tim by KAT (Kimberley adventure tours). It was an experience to explore the various sections of the cave, what would have been impossible without the special notes by Tim. For me personally, it was something special to dive from the cave entrance in the dark world with fruit bats and young Freshies and looking to go remains Arboriginal. Although we E.g. the Python and other not as hoped could even discover us the special frame a sense outside the beaten track on the way to be. Thumbs up! I Ove you P.S. photo follows - I promise
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  • 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
  • It was really cool. As we visited, there was nobody we could discover the cave of our own. Take a flashlight.
  • 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.
  • Bit of a drive but it's a stunning place! Definitely worth it!
  • Great site full of natural beauty, indigenous peoples interpretative facilities and a candid look at West Australia's past. Well worth the visit.