Mornington Wilderness Camp, Gibb River Road
At Mornington Wilderness Camp, after a long and dusty day experiencing some of the awesome natural attractions of the remote central Kimberley, you can enjoy a hot shower in a private ensuite, then retire to the balcony of your safari tent to sip on premium beer that's been chilling in the bar fridge and watch as nature flies, slithers and hops right by your back door.
Accommodation at Mornington Wilderness Camp
|There are ten safari-style tents, which are ideal for those not inclined towards roughing it. Each is spacious and well furnished with a large double bed, ensuite bathroom, bench space and drawers for the luggage, a fan, bedside tables and lamps, as well as plump pillows and cosy doonas that keep you warm on those cold desert mornings. Blissfully, these tents hardly qualify as camping.
Raised above the rushes of Annie's Creek on wooden decking, the tents are designed to maximise air flow and keep the temperatures down. They also provide an intensely close view of nature. If you sit still for long enough, you are sure to see countless varieties of birds, lizards, and even the odd fresh water crocodile splashing about in the water below.
This window into the wilderness is the selling point of the property. Owned by the not for profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy with the aim of preserving some of the threatened local wildlife, Mornington Wilderness Camp is part of a 312,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary.
2 Night stay is recommended to see the very minimum at Mornington Wilderness Camp - longer stays are highly recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the accommodation package.
The gorges are some of the most spectacular to be found in the area. Visitors will find stunning scenic lookouts at Sir John Gorge, while canoeing is available at Dimond Gorge. Here, rugged red cliff faces tower over the cooling deep water, which is also known to be home to fresh water crocodiles - apparently the non man-eating variety.
Mornington Wilderness Camp showcases the flora and fauna of the central Kimberley region as well as highlighting the ground-breaking research and conservation projects that are operating there. Various tours are available allowing guests an insight into threatened species such as the Gouldian Finch.
The bush restaurant and bar is open from dawn until late, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And after a day in the dust, there's nothing better than a glass of quality West Australian red wine, a meal of tender roast beef, a full moon and some good yarns with your new friends about a day on the sanctuary.
Activities at Mornington include:
Transfers and Location
Mornington Wilderness Camp is open to visitors between May and October - weather and road conditions permitting. The road is only suitable to 4wd vehicles.
By Road: To discover Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary, travel along the Gibb River Road to the signposted turnoff. The distance to the Wilderness Camp from the following is:
• Derby - 330 kilometres (5 hours)
• Broome - 550 kilometres (7 hours)
• Kununurra - 565 kilometres (8 hours)
• Fitzroy Crossing - 385 kilometres (6 hours)
Mornington Road in - the turnoff is at Mount House, the drive in is 88 kilometres (1½ - 2 hours)
By Air: The Wilderness Camp has a 1,000m airstrip (Latitude 17.31.40S, Longitude 126.06.12E). Charter flights to Mornington are available from Broome (1hr 40min), Kununurra (1hr 20min), Fitzroy Crossing (30min) and Halls Creek (1hr). Booked in conjunction with your accommodation package.