Set on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River, 391 kilometres east of Broome, Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia (WA) is a true outback town. Drive out to the original town site and visit the legendary Crossing Inn, built in 1897 as a shanty inn and trade store for long-distance travelers. Here you can stay, enjoy a meal or just a walk around to see the art gallery and historical photos and information depicted around the grounds. Or try your luck at Barramundi fishing on the Fitzroy River.
Travel out to the original town site, across the Old Concrete Crossing which kept the Kimberley accessible in the dry seasons from 1935 until the new high clearance bridge was built in 1974; see the post office building and the memorial to for the Australia Inland Mission Hospital.
Fitzroy Crossing is a great base to explore Tunnel Creek National Park and Windjana Gorge National Park located on the Leopold Downs Fairfield Road, four wheel drive required. Tunnel Creek is located 112km from Fitzroy Crossing, is Western Australia’s oldest cave system, part of the 350 million year old Devonian Reef system. The 750 metre tunnel is home to bats and stalactites and was used as a hideout late last century by Jandamarra, whose story is both moving and tragic of a man caught between two cultures.
Fitzroy Crossing is also the gateway to the Geikie Gorge National Park, a spectacular waterway with soaring weathered cliffs and abundant wildlife. Located 20km from town via a sealed road, Geike Gorge is the home to the Balga (freshwater Barramundi), the rare Galwanyi (Leichhardt’s sawfish) and Baya Gawiy (Coach Whip stingray). Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) one hour boat tours are available from May to mid-October. Indigenous tours also offer an excellent insight to local Indigenous history and culture, including bush tucker and medicine.
Mimbi Caves are located 90 km east of Fitzroy Crossing on Mt Pierre Station and is accessible through a tour. The cave system reveals ancient large scale fossilised reefs that are amongst the best preserved in the world. This extraordinary location attracts geologists from all over the world and you can view speleothems, tall slender stalagmites, shawls, flowstones and sparkling calcite crystals formed over millennia. Girloorloo Tours, 100% indigenously owned and operated, provides three hour walking tour out at Mimbi Caves, part of the 350 million year old Devonian Reef system; available in dry season, bookings are essential.
Windjana Gorge National Park is 145km from Fitzroy Crossing; the 7km walk takes you along the open air gorge and back, through the course of the Lennard River. DPAW camping facilities are available during the dry season upon payment of park entry fees. Bungoolee Tours offer walking tours of Tunnel Creek and/or Windjana Gorge with self-drive and bus tours available.
To carve the ultimate Fitzroy Crossing Adventure, call into the Visitor Centre where friendly staff will assist you with detailed information and tour bookings. They also stock an impressive range of souvenirs, local art, jewellery, book exchange, cool drinks, ice creams and coffee. We may even let you in the best Barra fishing spots!
Fitzroy Crossing Accommodation and Information
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