Geikie Gorge River Walk and Reef Walk

1 h 30 min to 2 h

4.9 km
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Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Geikie Gorge Road, Danggu Gorge National Park, this walk explores Geike Gorge alongside the Fitzroy River via the Bungu Trail and the Jarrambayah Trail. This walk starts by following the Bungu Trail along the banks of the Fitzroy River to the sandbar, a popular fishing and swimming place. The walk then follows the Jarrambayah Trail to the point where the west wall of Geike Gorge meets the river, providing excellent views of the bleached eastern gorge walls. As you cross the floodplains, you'll pass weathered remains of limestone reef outcrops sculpted by seasonal flooding. Freshwater crocodiles can be seen basking in full view on the riverbanks and exposed rocks. The freshwater crocodiles aren't considered a threat if undisturbed, so you can even swim off the sandbanks at your own risk. The walk is on dirt and sandy tracks, with some sections of uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Beware of submerged snags and logs when swimming. Refrain from trying to climb the reef wall, it's extremely dangerous not only to you but to others as well. The park is closed during the wet season (December to March). Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-18.1085642,125.6981157)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Great Northern Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Forrest Road then drive for 2.3 km
  • Turn right onto Russ Road and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Keep left onto Geikie Gorge Road and drive for another 15.5 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 315 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From The Junction Carpark off Geikie Gorge Road (360 metres southwest of the said road’s end), head directly towards the river along the narrow dirt walking track. As you come to the foreshore, turn left and follow the Bungu Trail as you keep the river to our right. Keep moving alongside the river to continue along the Geikie Gorge River Walk and Reef Walk.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bungu Trail.
After 245 m find the "Danggu Geikie Gorge" (40 m on your right).
Danggu Geikie Gorge
Danggu Geikie Gorge

This gorge was formed by the Fitzroy River. Danggu Geikie Gorge is known for its stunning grey and white walls and informative boat tours. River gum trees, freshwater mangroves, pandanus, cajeput and native figs line the edges of the river and support fruit bats and a wide variety of birdlife. Cultural heritage cruises are guided by Bunuba Aboriginal people whose connection to this land goes back to the Dreamtime. National Park Rangers Boat tours are available from May to October. It's a great way to learn more about the geology and fauna of the gorge. Facilities at the day-use area are limited to toilets and an information shelter. No overnight camping is permitted.
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This gorge was formed by the Fitzroy River. Danggu Geikie Gorge is known for its stunning grey and white walls and informative boat tours. River gum trees, freshwater mangroves, pandanus, cajeput and native figs line the edges of the river and support fruit bats and a wide variety of birdlife. Cultural heritage cruises are guided by Bunuba Aboriginal people whose connection to this land goes back to the Dreamtime. National Park Rangers Boat tours are available from May to October. It's a great way to learn more about the geology and fauna of the gorge. Facilities at the day-use area are limited to toilets and an information shelter. No overnight camping is permitted.

After another 370 m pass the car park (80 m on your left).
At the intersection of Balili Rarrgi Trail & Bungu Trail continue straight, to head along Balili Rarrgi Trail.
Then pass the "Geikie Gorge River Cruise".

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After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Balili Rarrgi Trail.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Balili Rarrgi Trail & Larrgari Trail) continue straight, to head along Balili Rarrgi Trail.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Balili Rarrgi Trail & Larrgari Trail) continue straight, to head along Balili Rarrgi Trail.
Continue another 1.6 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.4 km to get back to the start.
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Geikie Gorge River Walk and Reef Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.9 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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