New Geikie Gorge boating facilities open to advance local Indigenous tourism along Fitzroy River
A new gangway, jetty and access path have opened to facilitate trips down ancient Geikie Gorge, carved out by the might Fitzroy River in the Kimberley.
Set to officially open alongside the Bunuba cultural hub and ticket booth in July, the new facilities were installed as part of a $2.4m State Government investment, and created 28 local jobs during the construction phase.
Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year and is jointly managed by the Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Joint management provides local employment opportunities and combines traditional knowledge with contemporary land management.
During a visit to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park recently, Environment Minister Reece Whitby was given a cultural welcome before walking the new gangway and embarking on a cruise with traditional owners.
“As a first-time visitor I was absolutely amazed by the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Danggu Geikie Gorge,” he said.
“Through these new facilities, visitors to the gorge are invited to learn about the ancient cultural significance of this special place, as well as experience its stunning geology and remarkable wildlife.”
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