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UPDATES TO OUR GUIDE BOOKS - THE KIMBERLEY
From time to time, as updates to the information in our books occur, we will post it here at our updates page. Keep an eye on this section for the very latest news and information that you will not be able to find anywhere else.
Updates to Previous Editions
Note: page numbers related to last 8th edition
The KIMBERLEY An Adventurer's Guide book
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Book Early for Broome
If the last few years are anything to go by finding accommodation and camping in and around Broome on the spur of the moment will be difficult. While most of the camping grounds in Broome dont take bookings those north around Cape Leveque and Middle Lagoon do. It pays to book!
Permits for Aboriginal Land
Theres a new web site to get your permits to travel through Aboriginal land in WA. The new site is: http://www.daa.wa.gov.au/en/Entry-Permits/
The Purnululu Pass is no longer current. There are a range of other passes now available. Check the Parks web site for details and downloads:
Pgs 55 & 94
Ivanhoe Crossing - Kununurra - CLOSED
The Ivanhoe Crossing at Kununurra is CLOSED and according to the Road Condition Report by the Shire of Wyndham / East Kimberley it will remain closed until further notice. Structural condition inspection report now received, programing repair later in dry season when water levels subside. Check with the Shire for more information and the condition of the crossing, web: http://www.swek.wa.gov.au/road-conditions.aspx
Wyndham Town Hotel & Motel - CLOSED
Karunie-King River Road - CLOSED
The King River Road travels throught a number of private properties, including El Questro, and you are no longer allowed to drive it.
Pg 97 (237 old editions)
The Ord River - Canoeing there is no vehicle access or canoe pickup point upriver from where Spillway Creek enters the Ord Rive. The road just past the Spillway Creek bridges goes to Roy's Retreat only and is private property.
Ord River Canoe Trek - No. 19 - (28km from the Ord River Dam Wall) there is no vehicle access / canoe pickup point to the Ord River.
Point Spring Nature Reserve - No Access
With the Phase 2 of the irrigation development in full swing, there appears to be no vehicle access to this Reserve.
Drysdale River Station - No Mechanical Repairs
There are no mechanical repairs available any more at the station, or vehicle parts. Your best option is to make it to 'Over the Range Tyre & Mechanical Repairs' who are now based between Galvins Gorge and Adock Gorge on the Gibb River Road.
Pg 112 (older editions)
Map - no track access to Spillway Creek or Ord River, as shown on our map. This track actually leads to Roy's Retreat and is private property.
McGowan Island Camping Ground - Kalumburu
Is well worth a look for a camp at Kalumburu - open from April to November. It is right on one of the best beaches with fantastic fishing, oysters and crabbing within easy reach by dingy or off the rocks.
The camp ground has showers and toilets, laundry, lawned areas, telephone, internet, boat launching off the beach, fuel (diesel), bulk fuel for boats is available off a dumb barge moored off our beach.
It now also has its own web site where you can see the camping and info on facilities, and ph: (08) 9161 4748:
Trek Notes - Junction GRR & Kalumburu Road Turnoff
At 239.6 - at the junction there is the large Rest Area with toilets. This is signposed as a 'Day Use Area Only' - no camping!!!
Home Valley Station
Gibb River Station
Now have 4 air-conditioned units available for accommodation. There is also a store with a limited supply of groceries.
No camping at the Drysdale River crossing itself, as in our trek notes, but there is a range of accommodation and camping at the Drysdale River homestead and very pleasant camping at Miners Pool.
Theda Station is closed to the public in fact, they dont want to see the public on their land at all. With that in mind forget going across through Old Theda to the Carson River Escarpment (pg 141 old editoins). It is now owned by the Dunkeld Pastoral Co, and no longer caters to tourists.
Home Valley Station - HV8 - this station has had a MAJOR revamp over the last couple of years. The station, now owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) is now an on-site training academy designed for Indigenous men and women from the area.
Australia's ILC continue to expand their vision of offering sustainable employment for town locals and lots of fun for visiting tourists
Accommodation across the Station provides options for travellers of all preferences - from those who prefer their rugged outback adventure with a twist of luxury to those seeking a more intimate experience.
Home Valley Station also provides camping at their Bindoola River Camp, 4km from the Homestead, at the mighty Pentecost River. This picture perfect location is a must-see for all campers seeking the ultimate getaway. The River Camp is famous for its stunning sunsets over the Cockburn Range and abundance of wildlife.
The station also has camping on the Homestead grounds, closed to the Dusty Bar and Grill, Station Store, and the lagoon-style pool. They have powered and non-powered sites, with clean bathrooms, hot showers and flush toilets, gas barbecue facilities and lots of shade.
To check out all that Home Valley now has to offer the traveller, look at their web site, or ph: (08) 9161 4322: http://www.hvstation.com.au/index.php
Don't forget to drop in for delicious scones with jam and cream. There also some basic take-away food such as sandwiches available and they've made a lovely area to sit and eat. Tyre repairs available. Accommodation also available, but best to ring beforehand to check is there is any available.
Barnett River Gorge
The track into the Gorge stops at the creek now just before the rocky outcrops, so it's a little longer to walk to the gorge itself now.
Trek Notes - Junction GRR & Kalumburu Road to Silent Grove/Bell Gorge Turnoff
At 0.0 at the T-junction there is the large Rest Area with toilets. This is signposed as a 'Day Use Area Only' - no camping!!!
Mt Barnett Roadhouse - Open all Year
The Roadhouse is open all year (depending on road closures), but during the Dry it is open from 8am to 5pm and has a good range of supplies.
Charnely River Station - NOW owned by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC)
This station is now owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. It still offers some nice camping along with upgraded facilities. An Interpretation Centre is also being built. There is no longer any accommodation. All the walks and drives are still available. There is an Entry Fee payable, as well as camping fees. For more information check out the AWC web site.
Imintji Community Roadhouse - new camp ground
The Roadhouse is once again under a new manager. At the time of writing (end of May 2016) the store was almost empty with very few supplies. There is a toilet. Diesel is still the only fuel available. An Art Centre is located beside the store.There is however a new camp ground going in just west of the store and was still being developed and not quite open. It is a large open area with toilet facilities. There doesn't seem to be much shade, and it's going to be pretty dusty as the Dry season progresses - still it is another option for camping along the GRR.
Galvans Gorge - You can no longer drive to the parking area, 1 km in from the Gibb River Road. You must park your car on the GRR and walk the 1.2 km to the main pool.
Adcock Gorge is now a DAY USE AREA and travellers can access this gorge for the day.
Mt House Station no longer caters to tourists.
Mornington-Marion Downs Sanctuary (previously Old Mornington Camp) - The remote Marion Downs station in the central Kimberley has been sold to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (www.australianwildlife.org). This 289,000ha property adjoins the AWC’s Mornington station making a private conservation reserve of 640,000ha – one of the world's biggest. There is no access to the Station and you cannot visit or camp.
Theres pleasant camping at Mornington Wilderness Camp and accommodation in African-safari type tents is also available.
For more info ph: 1800 631 946 or (08) 9191 7406 or check the web at:
Note: the phone number detailed on page 179 of the 6th ed is incorrect and should read: +61 8 9380 9633.
If you wish to visit Lake Gladstone, you must first obtain permission from Mt House station.
Pg 199 (216 old editions)
Just north of Beagle Bay, via Broome, is a spot for tourists to stay called Natures Hideaway Middle Lagoon. Check out their web site at: www:middlelagoon.com.au. Its a lovely spot and well worth staying a night or two.
If you intended going up to Cape Leveque you would need to book in advance. It is a delightful spot, but very popular, being in close proximity to Broome. You'll find many more communities that have opened their doors to tourist along the Dampier Peninsula which have camping and other activities, such as Chili Creek. All are covered in the 8th edition of our guidebook.
Pg 203 (222 old editions)
Djoodoon camping sites telephone number has changed to (08) 9192 4359.
For Biblography information on the Kimberley, click on the link below:
Biblography - a comprehensive listing of books on the Kimberley for further reading.