The rugged Kimberley Region of Western Australia has limited access. There are few roads, and most of them require 4 wheel drive vehicles. During the rainy season, or The Wet, they are often impassable. Broome is situated at the southern most tip of the magnificent Kimberley Region. We decided to try putting a map here, so you know exactly where we are now.
In the northwest area of Australia, just above the orange line, is Broome on the Indian Ocean, and Fitzroy Crossing, today’s destination. Wanting to see some of the Kimberley, we took a multi-day Kimberley Gorges Escape tour with Kimberley Wild. We left from Broome, on the Indian Ocean.
Along the road, we saw thousands of termite hills.
Termite hills have been very abundant since we drove into the northern half of Australia. Our first tour destination was Fitzroy Crossing. Here we are approaching the Fitzroy River and the bridge across the river.
This bridge was built in 1935 and improved in 1958. Since it is covered with water and closed during the monsoon season, another higher bridge was built nearby. This area of the Kimberley was, and still is, home to many of Australia’s aboriginal people. The town of Fitzroy Crossing began in 1886 when Mr. McDonald started the Fossil Downs cattle station. The cattle station was the result of a 3 year, 3,500 mile cattle drive from Goulburn, New South Wales. The Fitzroy River is wide, but shallow now.
As we see here, much of the river bed is dry.
The climate here varies from semi arid in the winter (May through October) and monsoonal (December through March). Leaving Fitzroy Crossing and the Fitzroy River,
we find our sleeping accommodations for the night. We will stay at Fitzroy River Lodge. Here we had our choice of a motel room, a safari lodge, caravan bay, or a campsite. Before leaving Broome, we reserved a Safari tent. Ours is Number 12.
In our safari tent we even have our own bathroom
We have our own shower in here also. This is the camping area.
We believe this is a Coolibah tree with the noticeable white branches.
We visit a gorge, which we will tell you about (and, of course, show you) next time. Returning here, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner of grilled steak and grilled kangaroo, with various side dishes This is the building where we ate our meals.
Chrissy, our guide prepared very tasty food for us. Then we admired yet another beautiful Australian sunset.
We hope you take tours into the Kimberley when you are in this part of Australia. It is beautiful here.