Fitzroy Crossing

Geikie Gorge National Park, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 925

Fitzroy Crossing is in the heart of the Kimberley region. As its name suggests, the original townsite was chosen as the best place to ford the mighty Fitzroy River. In the wet season, the river can rise over 20 metres and spread out up to 15 kilometres from its banks. Fitzroy Crossing's main attraction is its proximity to the magnificent 30-metre-deep Geikie Gorge with its sheer yellow, orange and grey walls. Check road conditions before any excursions from December to March, as this area is prone to flooding.

Visitor Information

Cnr Flynn Dr and Forest Rd; (08) 9191 5355

Nearby national parks

  • Geikie Gorge National Park

    Set in the far north of the Kimberley, the focus of this national park is the spectacular 30-metre-deep Geikie Gorge, with its colourful...more

  • Tunnel Creek National Park

    Tunnel Creek National Park, in the Kimberley’s Napier Range, is home to Western Australia’s oldest cave system. Like Windjana...more

  • Windjana Gorge National Park

    Windjana Gorge National Park, in the Kimberley’s Napier Range, is renowned for its dramatic scenery and geological significance. The...more

Nearby towns

  • Halls Creek

    In the heart of the Kimberley region and on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, Halls Creek is the site of the first payable gold discovery...more

  • Derby

    It is said that Derby, known as the 'Gateway to the Gorges', is where the real Kimberley region begins. The first town settled in the...more

In Town

Crossing Inn First established in the 1890s as a shanty inn and trade store for passing stockmen, prospectors and drovers, it has operated on the same site ever since, and is one of the very few hotels in the state to retain a true outback atmosphere. A stop-off and drink are a must for all travellers passing by. Skuthorp Rd; (08) 9191 5080.


Geikie Gorge National Park Geikie Gorge has cliffs and sculptured rock formations carved by water through an ancient limestone reef. The Fitzroy River is home to sharks, sawfish and stingrays that have, over centuries, adapted to the fresh water. Freshwater crocodiles up to 3 m long and barramundi are plentiful, best seen on a guided boat tour. Aboriginal heritage and cultural tours are run by guides from the local Bunuba tribe; bookings essential. DEC rangers run tours on the geology, wildlife and history of the area. Entry to park is restricted during wet season (Dec–Mar). Contact visitor centre for details. 18 km NE.

Causeway Crossing: concrete crossing that was the only way across the river until the new bridge was built in the 1970s; Geikie Gorge Rd; 4 km NE.

Tunnel Creek National Park: unique formation created by waters from the creek cutting a 750 m tunnel through the ancient reef; 4WD access only; 110 km NW.

Windjana Gorge National Park: 350-million-year-old Devonian reef rising majestically above the surrounding plains. An easy walking trail takes you past primeval life forms fossilised within the gorge walls; 4WD access only; 145 km NW.

4WD tours: to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge; bookings essential, contact visitor centre for details.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Riverside Restaurant

Catering to guests of the Fitzroy River Lodge, you can be guaranteed that the atmosphere will be friendly at the Riverside Restaurant, a travellers’ hub in the middle of the bush. The casual dining room serves... Find out more

Campsites around town

Tarunda Caravan Park

Visitors to Fitzroy Crossing can explore the nearby national park at Geike Gorge or access the Fitzroy River for fishing and swimming. The small town on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert is between Derby and Halls Creek... Find out more

Fitzroy River Lodge camping area 2 km

Fitzroy River Lodge camping area is on the Great Northern Hwy, 2.3 km east of Fitzroy Crossing. Visitors here will find a good range of facilities spread around shady, grassed sites on the bank of the Fitzroy River,... Find out more

Mornington Wilderness Camp 95 km

Mornington Wilderness Camp is 95 km south-east of the Gibb River Rd. The turn-off is 53.7 km south-west of Mt Barnett Roadhouse and 25.5 km north-east of Imintji Roadhouse. The camping area is set in a wildlife... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Fitzroy River Lodge 2 km

The Fitzroy River Lodge is a quality accommodation complex that includes a comfortable caravan park. The park has very good amenities and a tennis court, and is a convenient overnight stop or base from which to explore... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Fitzroy River Lodge

Set within 20 hectares of unspoilt bush, literally in the middle of nowhere, the welcoming Fitzroy River Lodge is perfect for an overnight stopover or longer stay. The lodge provides a range of accommodation options,... Find out more

Imintji Wilderness Camp

There’s no need to rough it here, as this campsite has proper beds with linen, lighting and private ensuite bathrooms to ensure a civilised stay. Even with these little luxuries, the environment is preserved as the... Find out more

Mornington Wilderness Camp

Six hours from Fitzroy Crossing, the Mornington Wilderness Camp is an ideal base to explore the Mornington Sanctuary and its spectacular gorges, Fitzroy River and King Leopold Ranges. The spacious safari tents include... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mornington Wilderness Camp - Central Kimberley 95 km

All proceeds from this comfortable camp go to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. The site is primarily solar-powered and on a 3000-square kilometre private wildlife sanctuary that includes some of the best remaining... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Ellendale rest area 82 km

145km E of Willare Bridge (R) or 87km W of Fitzroy Crossing (L)

Just off the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.

Ngumban Cliff rest area 84 km

97km SE of Fitzroy Crossing (R) or 192km SW of Halls Creek (L)

Well off the highway with good views of the surrounding countryside.

What's on around town

Rodeo: July.

Garnduwa Festival: sporting events; Oct.

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