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Keep River National Park

Learn to read country with a park ranger at Goorrandalang

Start at the Keep River Ranger Station which also houses an interpretive display overlooking Cockatoo Billabong. Learn more about the park and pick up your park note for orientation. Twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) you can join a park ranger for a morning walk at Goorrandalang. The walk explores the 250 million year old geological features which were part of the Kimberley formation. Similar to the domes at Purnululu’s Bungles, learn about how these ancient sandstone structures came to be. Keep River is also rich in diverse plant and animal life from both tropical and desert environments. Your ranger guide will help you to learn to "read country", identifying different seasons, native plant uses and wildlife.

Get your hiking boots out to trek the Jarnem Loop Walk

The 7.5 kilometre (4.6 miles) return Jarnem Loop Walk is a moderately difficult walk which will leave you breathless as you trek through gorges, monsoon forests , atop the escarpment for panoramic views and through ancient rock shelters featuring Aboriginal rock art. Listen out for the unmistakable heart stopping flutter of the white-quilled rock pigeon, observe rock wallabies grazing in the shade or one of the 39 species of frogs dwelling in the creeks and billabongs. If you are on a day out from Kununurra, grab yourself a take-away roll, sandwich or salad from either the Cornerside Café or Kimbercrust Bakery

Learn about unique traditional hunting techniques at Ginger’s Hill

Named after Aboriginal Elder Ginger Packsaddle Banmanyari, Ginger’s Hill is a short walk introducing the park’s important Aboriginal heritage. On top of Ginger’s Hill is a traditional structure – you are asked to guess its purpose before unveiling the surprise revealed at the top. Exploring Keep River can be done as a full day visit from Kununurra, or perhaps consider staying at picturesque Lake Argyle Resort, 40 kilometres (24.8 miles) away on the WA side. Like to camp but want a few creature comforts? The Zebra Rock Mine campground is only 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the national park (NT side) and even includes safari tents if you haven’t brought your camping gear.

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