Stokes Range Travel Guide

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Stokes Range Things to Do

  • Fishing

    The Victoria River has the largest catchment of any of the NT rivers flowing into the sea. It's tidal for over 150 kilometres, virtually up to the Stokes Range area. Fishing is done from the shore and from boats but be aware that there are lots of crocodiles in the river and the big ones are used to taking animals as large as horses. Despite all...

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  • Bushwalking

    When you move up into the gorge country the scenery is quite spectacular. It's such a huge trackless area that you can walk for weeks without seeing any sign of other humans.

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Stokes Range Transportation

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    Although a remote wilderness area, interstate buses running between Darwin/Katherine and Kununurra do pass along the main Victoria Highway which links WA and the NT. Victoria River Inn is in the main Stokes Range part of the Gregory right at the river crossing. The other point is the tiny settlement called Timber Creek which is closer to the WA border. Arrangements can be made for buses to stop at these points, although self drive is always more convenient.

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Stokes Range Local Customs

  • Leave nothing but footprints .....

    Wilderness is essentially trackless country with no signs of human activity - something becoming increasingly difficult in our over populating planet. All traces of a fire built over a sand base can be completely removed. No scorched rock or ground, nor ashes is the way you found it and the way the next person would like to find it.

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  • Bush etiquette

    The area has much Aboriginal rock art and sites of significance. You shouldn't light fires or camp within these sites. Objects or art shouldn't be touched, moved or otherwise disturbed. It's a matter of respect for the property and culture of others.

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Stokes Range Warnings and Dangers

  • Crocodiles

    With a hot climate there's always the temptation to go swimming in the first large enough water hole you find. Not usually a problem if you're up on the plateau, or high up in the gorges. But in the main river, Victoria River, and the lower parts of the creeks your chances of an encounter with a crocodile are very high. Ask the locals.

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  • Appropriate footwear

    Walking will take you across plateau/ridges and through gorges. Everywhere it's rough sandstone. Wearing good walking boots will protect your feet from the sharp stone and your ankles from sudden twists and sprains.

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  • Heat Exhaustion

    The area is hot throughout the year and protection from sun and heat is important. Loose fitting clothing that protects from the sun while allowing good air circulation will help a lot. Cotton is considered one of the best fibres for this climate.If you do most of your walking in the early part of the day you'll enjoy it more and have plenty of...

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Stokes Range What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: A light back pack so you don't add too much to the weight you're carrying. And a small bag for making day-trips from a base camp you might set up.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dry season something short and cool for daytimes, but longs and a jumper for the cool evenings. Wet season something cool but waterproof gear as well as a back pack cover. A good pair of hiking boots.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: None of these are available once you get there, so don't forget what you consider essential.

    Photo Equipment: A definite must, but bring everything as there's nothing available once you get there.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Dry season a tent without a fly will make walking lighter, but wet season you'll need the fly and a raincoat.

    Miscellaneous: First aid kit and spare water containers.

    Prepared for all eventualities
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Stokes Range Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    As you get deeper into Stokes Range it becomes a labrynth of gorges etched deeply into a sandstone plateau. Particularly in the wet season the heads of these gorges have often hidden waterfalls. With the steep walls of the gorges providing shade and a buffer to drying winds, inside the environment is in stark contrast to the plateau above....

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  • Snake Cave

    A large rock shelter near a waterfall is home to numerous snakes at certain times of the year. While I was there no snakes were 'at home'. At least the plunge pool at the base of the waterfall made the trip in worthwhile.It's set in wilderness country so there's no 'directions' or sign posts for getting there. You need to be able to navigate cross...

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