About this place
Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge) is a dramatic feature of the Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges. Following wet season rains, great volumes of water cascade from the ranges into Dalmanyi creating a magnificent waterfall over layered sandstone rocks. The base of the falls forms a large pool surrounded by towering rocks and makes a superb spot for swimming. The river then flows to the Ilerdda (Walcott Inlet) in the northwest.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Crocs are common, crocs move around and crocs are deadly so Be Crocwise. Download the Crocodile safety and myth busting fact sheet. Be Crocwise when visiting the Kimberley and Pilbara regions – crocodiles are common, move around, and attacks can be fatal. Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.
Pay attention to all warning signs, however just because a sign isn’t there doesn’t mean crocodiles aren’t present. If you are unsure don't swim, canoe or use small boats in estuaries, tidal rivers or pools and contact the nearest Parks and Wildlife office.
Extreme heat can be experienced when in Wunaamin Conservation Park. Temperatures can exceed 40°C. Avoid dehydration – regularly sip water. 1 litre per person, per hour. There is no suitable drinking water in the park.Wear a hat, long-sleeved, loose clothing and apply sunscreen.
Limited communication coverage. Satellite phone or personal locator beacon (PLB) recommended.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge).
We recognise and acknowledge Ngarinyin Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Wunaamin Conservation Park.
Both the Wilinggin word ‘Wunaamin’ and Bunuba word ‘Miliwundi’ name the mountain ranges. Note the difference in spelling between Miluwindi Conservation Park and Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges. Bunuba people have different variations and pronunciations of the word for nearby areas – Miluwindi is the area the conservation park is located, while Miliwundi is the name of the mountain range that is located within Bunuba country.
“The traditional connection to this country is through the law of the Wanjina Wunggurr.
Ngarinyin people believe that the Wanjina are their ancestors, who came and ‘put themselves’ in the rock when the world was soft. Wunggurr is the Rainbow Serpent, who usually lives in deep water pools and is close to the Wanjina.
Wunggurr, the Rock Python/Rainbow Serpent, is most concentrated in the permanent waterholes of the area but underlies the entire country and the sea in a more diffuse way.”
- Wilinggin Healthy Country Plan 2012-2022