The Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Centre is run by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley and is located at the entrance to Fitzroy Crossing Library and Shire Offices. The centre houses two impressive Aboriginal art galleries and is a central booking agency for all Kimberley accommodation and tours. The centre is also an agent for photo processing, BusFreight, Greyhound Australia and it has a large retail shop, with over 450 items on sale. A small but dedicated staff of three ensures that the centre is open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday during the dry season (April to September inclusive). The centre is open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday during the wet season (October to March). This multi-purpose building is also home to a public library with over 300 items available for short term borrowing including: books, DVD's, videos, audio tapes and local newspapers and magazines.
See fresh water crocodiles, all manner of birdlife, and other native animals like dingos and wallabies at Geikie Gorge National Park in the Kimberley region. The main attraction is the multi-coloured cliffs of Geikie Gorge where the Fitzroy River has cut through fossil reef over millions of years. You can take a cruise along the river to see the gorge and wildlife up close - and learn about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area. Geikie Gorge is an important Aboriginal cultural area and is known by the Bunaba people as Darngku. The national park covers more than 3,000 hectares of land and is also home to a riverine forest of river red gum trees and paper barks. Some areas are covered with wild passionfruit vine. Pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness, or go bushwalking along two dedicated trails. Rock climbing is also permitted. The best time to visit the park is from May to October when the weather is mild. You can get to Geikie Gorge National Park by driving about 20 minutes from the town of Fitzroy Crossing.
A visit to the Tunnel Creek National Park is a truly unique experience that you must include on your Kimberley itinerary. It is close to Windjana Gorge, allowing you to see both landmarks in one day. Tunnel Creek contains Western Australia's oldest cave system. Walk through the 750-metre tunnel which takes you from one side of the Napier Range to the other. Keep your eye out for the many bats, fish and freshwater crocodiles that live in the cave. The tunnel is the oldest cave system in Western Australia. You will get to see little waterfalls coming over the ledges on the sides, and huge stalactites dangling from the ceilings. It is not far off the beaten track, and you don't need a four wheel drive to get there, but you do need a torch! The Tunnel Creek National Park is half way between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. Allow at least two hours to get there from either direction. Flights run between Perth and Broome, Derby or Kununurra. Drive yourself or join one of the many fantastic overland tour groups visiting the area. Entry is restricted during the wet season.
The mighty Fitzroy River is one of the Kimberley region's most important and iconic waterways, carving out ancient gorges and flowing through rugged hills and plains for a distance of 750 kilometres. It flows through Geikie Gorge National Park and discharges into the sea at King Sound, south of Derby. At many places along the banks of the Fitzroy River you go camping and fishing for barramundi. It has a catchment area of 90,000 square kilometres of which half is above the township of Fitzroy Crossing. In flood, the Fitzroy River becomes one of the world's biggest rivers. It's an awesome sight with 30,000 cubic metres of water per second gushing over the bridge at Fitzroy Crossing. During the dry season, much of the river stops flowing, leaving permanent waterholes along the river and surrounding floodplains. These pockets of water are critical for waterbirds, fish and other wildlife to survive - and also make for refreshing swimming holes. You can access the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge National Park or at Derby where it meets the ocean.
For a taste of Aboriginal culture and stunning outback scenery, visit Geikie Gorge near the town of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved out the ancient 30 metre deep gorge through Geikie Range. Here you can see layers of fossils and an ancient reef, which show glimpses of life before reptiles or mammals evolved. The traditional owners, the Bunaba, call the gorge Darngku. You can hear Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of how the gorge was created on a special boat tour. You'll also see the steep 30 metre high rock walls, dazzling reflections in the water, fresh water crocodiles, fish and fresh water stingrays. The fresh water crocs aren't considered a threat if undisturbed - so you can even swim off the sand banks! River gum trees, freshwater mangroves, native figs and pandanus line the edges of the river and support fruit bats and a rich variety of bird life. As well as the Indigenous tour there are guided boat trips showcasing the geology, wildlife and history of the area. Geikie Gorge is a 20 minute drive from Fitzroy Crossing and camping is not allowed.
The Napier Ranges includes the spectacular Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge. These three Kimberley icons will amaze you with their spectacular scenery, wild rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife. Check out the 100 metre tall gorge walls of Windjana Gorge whilst undertaking the seven kilometre return walking track. Tunnel Creek contains Western Australia's oldest cave system. Walk through the 750-metre tunnel which takes you from one side of the Napier Range to the other. Keep your eye out for the many bats and freshwater crocodiles that live in the cave. Take a boat tour along the Fitzroy River which cuts through Geikie Gorge to surround yourself with a stunning range of flora and fauna. Bunaba Traditional Owners operate one such tour, and will give you a unique insight into the Aboriginal history of the area. If you have time, it is also worth tackling one of the surrounding walking tracks. The Napier Ranges are located in the Kimberley region and can be accessed via Broome, Derby or Kununurra. Flights run between Perth and Broome, Derby or Kununurra. Drive yourself or join one of the many fantastic overland tour groups visiting the area. Entry is restricted during the wet season.