Mirima National Park

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Place Category: WA and National Parks WAPlace Tags: 4 wheel drive, bird watching, camping, crodcodiles, kimberly, national parks, and nature

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  • Mirima National Park has steep, broken walls of colourful layered rocks that come alive as they reflect the tones of changing light.

    Accessible year round

    The May to October dry season is the best time to visit the Kimberley. However, Mirima National Park is accessible and worth seeing all year round.

    Mirima National Park is just two kilometres (a drive of less than five minutes) east of Kununurra. There is well signposted access via Barrington Avenue and Hidden Valley.

    Geology

    The national park covers 2,067 hectares and contains spectacular natural rock formations. The rocks were formed from sediments deposited by creeks and wind-blown sand about 300 million years ago. The horizontal layers are evidence of their sedimentary origin beneath a primordial sea. The rocks are protected by a thin layer of black-grey algae and lichens that resist the weathering of the fragile orange sandstone by the torrential rains of the tropical wet.

    Cultural significance

    Mirima is a culturally significant place for the local Miriwoong people. For thousands of years the natural features of Mirima have attracted the local Aboriginal people. The rock formations provide shelter, rock holes provide permanent water and plants and animals are used for food, tools and medicine. Cultural ceremonies continue to be performed at special sites within the park.

    Walking and photography

    Mirima National Park is a day use area popular for walking, photography and nature observation. Four walk trails include the Class 3, 2.2km return Gerliwany-gerring Banan Trail. The Class 4, 800m return Derdbe-gerring Banan Trail climbs to points overlooking Kununurra and intricate rock formations. The Class 2, 400m Looking at Plants Trail is a loop that includes a wheelchair friendly boardwalk. The Class 3, 500m return Demboong Banan Trail leads through a gap in the sandstone range to a lookout over Kununurra.

    Wild attractions

    Agile wallabies are common while secretive short-eared rock-wallabies live in the more remote parts the park. Dingoes are sometimes seen in the early morning or late afternoon. Black kites usually forage in flocks, or perch together in trees, seeking respite from the heat. The vegetation along Lily Creek is a good place to see double-barred and crimson finches. The white-quilled rock-pigeon inhabits the sandstone hills and cliffs.

    Crocodile Safety

    When you are entering the Kimberley or Pilbara regions, you are entering crocodile country. Two species of crocodile occur in Western Australia: the estuarine (or saltwater) crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. The estuarine crocodile is the largest living reptile and is considered to be a dangerous predator. Freshwater crocodiles are smaller and not as aggressive. Be CROCWISE in Western Australia’s north and download our Crocodile safety and myth-busting factsheet and Crocodile brochure. For more information on Be CROCWISE see www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise

    We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the Traditional custodians of Mirima National Park.

    – See more at: http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/mirima#sthash.6DlQijPo.dpuf

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