Manning Gorge

A 'must see' gorge for visitors to the area, Manning Gorge is approximately 300 kilometres from Derby along the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The gorge provides a delightful area with a waterfall and huge natural swimming pool surrounded by high ancient cliffs. Allow plenty of time for exploring this attractive area. Take the turnoff from the Mt.Barnett Roadhouse, the shady camping ground at Lower Manning Gorge is a short drive. From here it is a 2 kilometre walk to Upper Manning Gorge and you can expect to take about one hour each way for the trip.

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The Kupungari Aboriginal Community welcomes visitors to Manning Gorge (named by Frank Hann in 1898 after Mr Manning of Lennard River) and maintains the camping area. Camping is adjacent the tranquil pools of the lower Manning and fees apply. A bush walk takes you to the upper Manning and Manning Falls. The falls are at their best early in the season (May to July). Another lesser known feature of the gorge is its Aboriginal rock art.

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