In the wet season this area would look totally different to how we saw it, as the Leonard river runs straight through Windjana Gorge. As the water starts to dry up it forms pools which are home to many freshwater crocodiles.
We were very excited about visiting this place as you are guaranteed to see crocodiles during your gorge walk, and we certainly weren’t disappointed! We camped here overnight, arrived around lunchtime and went for a walk in the late afternoon. A fairly easy walk starts from the camping area and takes you through the gorge for about 3.5 km.
The guy above was sitting there with another crocodile when we walked up, the other one swam off and this one stayed there for us to take photos! He then climbed up onto the sand for a sun bake and pose for more photos!
Apart from the crocodiles, there is also fossilised marine life preserved in the limestone walls of the gorge.
Windjana Gorge is another of the spiritual places for the local Aboriginals of the area, the Bunuba people. ‘Wandjina’ are the spirits that reside here. Wandjina is to the Aboriginals like God is to us.
The spelling of this was misrecorded back in the day and hence the gorge was named Windjana, rather than Wandjina.
Visiting Windjana Gorge and seeing the crocodiles was just another highlight of our trip ….. just another to add to the growing list!