"Tunnel Creek" State of Western Australia Off The Beaten Path Tip by iandsmith

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The aptly named Tunnel Creek lies on a road between Windjana Gorge and Fitzroy Crossing. Be forewarned, it's not a good road. The road from Derby to Windjana is fine but it deteriorates markedly after that.
That said, when you get there one of the first things you notice is the pile of shoes at the entrance to the pathway. These have been left behind when people have taken their shoes off at the cave entrance and forgotten to put them back on again on the return journey.
The reason they take them off is because you have to walk through water. The advice of those who guide tours through is to keep your shoes on. At times this may seem uncomfortable but overall it's better than being barefoot. Also, don't forget your torch.
The entrance is very tricky. Luckily for me a tour group came along and showed me the way. You tend to go left of centre but the "easy" way is through a little crevice just to the right of centre.
After that it's in and out of the creek through a tunnel that it has carved over the milennia. It was only at the turn of the century that a massive cave in occurred that left a large opening half way along the walk.
Just after that there's a show of stalagmites and stalactites in the gloom (see pic) and then you go into the last section before emerging in the strange light at the end of tunnel (see pic).
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  • Updated Jun 21, 2008
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