As the most northerly township in Western Australia (WA), the small settlement of Wyndham has the character and spirit of a true Kimberley outback town. It is situated 105 kilometres northwest of Kununurra, on the Cambridge Gulf where the King, Pentecost, Durack, Forest and Ord Rivers meet, and was established in 1886 when the Halls Creek gold rush began.
In 1914 the Wyndham Wireless Station was built on top of Telegraph Hill. It was operational until 1921 and assisted ships entering Wyndham Port. There are remains of the buildings that were used to house the people that operated the station. There is a short 800 metre walk through the remaining foundations of the buildings that housed the station workers. Along this walk there are informational signs that detail the history of the area as well as features and plants in the landscape.
The view at the top of Telegraph Hill shows a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, including part of the Ord River floodplain and Parry's Creek. Access can be seasonal as the roads are prone to flooding in the wet season.
Today, Wyndham in WA has a population of just 900 people and operates as a working port, servicing a huge live cattle export industry, the mining and tourism industries and the Ord River Project.
Wyndham outback adventures
Surrounded by some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands, Wyndham in WA offers a host of outback adventures. Many of the major Kimberley cruise boats drop in to or depart from Wyndham during their extended expeditions along the North West coastline.
Go four-wheel driving and follow the King River Road, crossing creeks and stopping at Indigenous art sites along the way to Moochalabra Dam. Enjoy the sweeping views and spectacular sunsets at Five Rivers Lookout. Experience the thrill of Barramundi fishing. Walk or drive the Wyndham Port Heritage Trail or visit the Wyndham Museum and discover the area’s fascinating history.
Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve where you can view a wealth of tropical birds and crocodiles from the bird hide and boardwalk at Marglu Billabong. The area is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area. It is also a stopover point for migratory waders, some of which travel from as far afield as Siberia.
The Parry Creek Nature Reserve is listed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention and is listed on the Register of the National Estate.
If you have a four wheel drive then why not venture down the Old Halls Creek Gold Rush Track originally used by the miners to reach the goldfields. The track is 13 kilometres long and begins at Parry Creek Farm.
Wyndham accommodation and information
For more information about tours from Wyndham, local attractions and road conditions, contact the visitor centres in Wyndham or Kununurra.