Visit historic Wyndham along scenic 2- and 4-WD routes from Kununurra
Great Northern Highway
The drive from Kununurra to Wyndham along the Great Northern Highway would be one of the most scenic drives in Western Australia. The road skirts along the edge of the Cockburn Ranges, providing a stunning vista to travellers and a great example of the rugged scenery in this part of the Kimberley.
Along the way, stop for a refreshing swim at Molly Springs which is located in the newly-created Ngamawolem Conservation Reserve. This spring-fed pool flows all year and is located about 30kms from Kununurra.
Closer to Wyndham is the Grotto, a permanent waterhole clearly signposted from the highway. This is a fantastic swimming spot during and at the end of the wet season, when the waterfall that feeds the deep pool at the bottom of the gorge can become a torrent. There are steps in the rocks that provide access from the carpark down into to the pool below which is rumoured to be over 300 feet deep!
Only 100kms from Kununurra, Wyndham is the perfect place to take a day trip. The port town sits on the edge of the Cambridge Gulf where a new jetty provides a great fishing option for visitors and locals. The Five Rivers lookout from the Bastion – the hill overlooking Wyndham - provides an amazing view of the surrounding landscape and is where you can see the Forest, King, Pentecost, Durack and Ord rivers flowing into the gulf.
Wyndham has a fascinating history, and the museum is a treasure trove of information about the town and the pioneering days of the Kimberley. The Afghan and Pioneer cemeteries also provide an insight into Wyndham’s eclectic past.
King River Road
When in Wyndham, another great short drive is along the King River Road. Head out along the causeway over the tidal flats on the edge of the town, see the Moochalabra Dam, visit rock art sites, fish the King River for barramundi and plan a visit to Digger’s Rest, which specialises in horse treks and small group touring in this remote but beautiful part of the Kimberley.
Parry Creek Road
Rather than heading back the way you came, an alternate route from Wyndham to Kununurra is along the unsealed Parry Creek Road. The turnoff is only about 10 kms and it follows the Ord River back to Kununurra.
Not far along the turnoff, a visit to Marlgu Billabong is a must. The bird hide allows great viewing of the vast array of birdlife in this area. Parry Creek Farm offers cabin accommodation, caravan and campaign facilities, and is set in the Parry Creek Nature Reserve. See if you can spot a Gouldian Finch when you visit, as this is a renowned habitat for these rare birds.
Further along the Parry Creek Road is Mambi Island, where there are boat-launching facilities for those wishing to explore the lower reaches of the Ord River – a haven for barramundi and big saltwater crocodiles.See House Roof Hill – memorable for being the backdrop to many scenes in the movie ‘Australia’.
River access is also possible at Buttons Gap – a perfect place for a picnic on the banks of the Ord. Keep an eye out for reptiles as this is saltwater crocodile country! The road then travels along the edge of the Livistonia Range where a number of waterfalls can be found during and after the wet season. Black Rock Falls and Middle Springs are all signposted.
The road ends at Ivanhoe Crossing – the picturesque water crossing over the Ord River. Take the alternate Valentine Springs Road to meet back up with the Highway into Kununurra.
The Great Northern Highway is a sealed highway and suitable for all vehicles.
The Parry Creek Road is unsealed and suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles.
The King River Road is unsealed and suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles.