Wyndham

Camping at Pentecost River, near Wyndham, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 672

Wyndham, in the Kimberley region, is the most northerly town and safe port in Western Australia. The entrance to the town is guarded by the 'Big Croc', a 20-metre-long concrete crocodile.

Visitor Information

Kimberley Motors, Great Northern Hwy; (08) 9161 1281

www.swek.wa.gov.au

Nearby national parks

  • Keep River National Park

    Keep River National Park has outstanding beehive-type geological formations of layered sandstone. The weathered outcrops and escarpments lie...more

  • Purnululu National Park

    Lying deep in the rugged east Kimberley region, Purnululu National Park protects one of the world’s natural wonders, the Bungle Bungle...more

  • Judbarra/Gregory National Park

    Judbarra/Gregory National Park lies in the transitional zone between the tropical and semiarid regions of the Northern Territory, and...more

Nearby towns

  • Kununurra

    Kununurra lies in the East Kimberley region not far from the Northern Territory border. It was established in the 1960s alongside Lake...more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: in the old courthouse building, its displays include a photographic record of the town's history, artefacts and machinery; open Apr–Oct; O'Donnell St.

Warriu Dreamtime Park: bronze statues representing the Aboriginal heritage of the area; Koolama St.

Zoological Gardens and Crocodile Park: daily feeding of crocodiles and alligators; Barytes Rd; (08) 9161 1124.

Durack's Old Store: has an informative plaque with details of its history; O'Donnell St.

Pioneer Cemetery: gravestones of some of the area's original settlers; Great Northern Hwy.

Boat charters: scenic, fishing and camping cruises; contact visitor centre for details.

Nearby

Three Mile Valley On offer is spectacular scenery typical of the Kimberley region, with rough red gorges and pools of clear, cold water during the wet season. Walk trails lead the visitor through the brilliant displays of wildflowers in season. Three Mile Valley is the home of the 'Trial Tree', a sacred Aboriginal site into which, when a person died of unnatural causes, the body was placed. Rocks were placed around the base of the tree, each rock representing a relative of the deceased. When the body started to decompose, the first rock to be marked by the decomposition indicated the name of the person responsible for the death. This person was then banished from the tribe. 3 km N.

Afghan Cemetery: containing the graves of Afghan camel drivers who carried supplies throughout the Kimberley region. All the gravestones face towards Mecca; 1 km E.

Koolama Wreck Site: the Koolama was hit by Japanese bombs near Darwin in 1942. After limping along the coast to Wyndham, it sank just 40 m from the jetty. The spot is marked by unusual swirling in the water; 5 km NW.

Five Rivers Lookout: spectacular views of the Kimberley landscape from the highest point of the Bastion Range, particularly good for viewing the striking sunsets. Also a good picnic area with barbecue facilities; 5 km N.

Moochalabra Dam: completed in 1971, the dam was constructed to provide an assured water supply to the Wyndham area. The construction is unique in Australia, designed to allow overflow to pass through the rock on the crest of the hill. 4WD access only; King River Rd; 18 km SW.

Aboriginal rock paintings: 4WD access only; well signposted off the King River Rd; 18 km SW.

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve: visitors can enjoy birdwatching from a shaded bird hide at Marlgu Billabong or scan the wide vistas of the flood plain and distant hills afforded from the lookout at Telegraph Hill; 20 km SE.

Prison Tree: 2000–4000-year-old boab tree once used by local police as a lock-up; King River Rd; 22 km SW.

The Grotto: this rock-edged waterhole, estimated to be 100 m deep, is a cool, shaded oasis offering year-round swimming; 36 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Toad busting - the Kimberley 74 km

In this region, you can do some real hands-on work in the fight against one of Australia’s worst introduced pests, the cane toad. Every week, Kimberley Toad Busters runs toadbusting trips at the cane-toad front, in... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Wyndham Town Hotel

Western Australia’s most northern town, Wyndham is home to the saltwater crocodile, the Kimberley Prison Tree (a boab tree used as a holding cell) and some of the state’s most magnificent scenery. The Wyndham... Find out more


Campsites around town

Diggers Rest Station 18 km

Diggers Rest is an authentic, working cattle station, nestled on the banks of the tidal King River in the King River Valley. It is on King River Rd, 40 km south-west of Wyndham, with the majestic Cockburn and Erskine... Find out more


Parry Creek Farm camping area 18 km

Parry Creek Farm camping area, off the Great Northern Hwy, is surrounded by the reserve and provides visitors with an ideal base for birdwatching. A bar, restaurant (open April–September) and other accommodation... Find out more


Mambi Island camping area 39 km

This camping area has dispersed sites set among paperbark trees near the boat ramp on the bank of the Ord River, in an area that is popular for fishing. Bring firewood and drinking water. Mambi Island is 45.9 km north of... Find out more


Home Valley Station 41 km

Set at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range, Home Valley Station is an outback adventure playground. It features a breathtaking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterholes, billabongs, waterfalls and ancient... Find out more


Skull Rock camping area 53 km

This area floods in the wet season so the campsite is very rocky and sandy. There are basic facilities here as well as the chance to catch a good feed of fish. Come with your own firewood and drinking water. The camping... Find out more


El Questro Station – Riverside camping area 58 km

Riverside camping area is on the Pentecost River near El Questro Station township. Campers will find secluded sites on the riverbank but no facilities; these are only available back at the homestead. This is an ideal... Find out more


El Questro Station – Black Cockatoo camping area 60 km

El Questro Station township is 16.5 km from the Gibb River Rd. The Black Cockatoo camping area is set in a diverse landscape of rugged ranges, tidal flats, rainforest, gorges and waterfalls. Boating on the Chamberlain... Find out more


Buttons Crossing camping area 62 km

Buttons Crossing camping area is by scrub near the Ord River and Kununurra township, where visitors have a large range of activities and attractions to choose from. Facilities here are limited: use the fireplaces and... Find out more


Kununurra Agricultural Society Showgrounds 74 km

Only visitors with pets and large camping rigs can stay at this showgrounds caravan park. Within walking distance of town, it offers basic camping facilities but is closed in July, when the local show takes over the... Find out more


Lakeside Resort 74 km

Lakeside Resort’s caravan park offers travellers shady, grassed sites with water views in a tranquil, relaxing environment. It is an ideal base from which to explore the raw wilderness of the Kimberley. A swimming... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort 72 km

This is a high quality park just 600 metres from the town centre. It has excellent amenities and a wide range of facilities, including a resort-style pool with a spa. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Kununurra 72 km

This caravan park is just 2 km west of town, on the banks of Lake Kununurra. The popular park is off the main highway in a picturesque, quiet location. There is a nice grassy tent area, and shady waterfront sites.... Find out more


Doon Doon Roadhouse Caravan Park 92 km

This is a new park adjoining the roadhouse and appears well laid out and competitively priced. The roadhouse sells a range of products including takeaway food. Only approved pets are allowed.... Find out more


Warmun Roadhouse Caravan Park 170 km

This park is part of the roadhouse complex, very close to Purnululu National Park. Caravan storage is available for people visiting the Bungle Bungles and helicopter flights also operate from alongside the roadhouse. It... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Kimberley Coastal Camp

You know you’re really getting away from it all when the only way to get to your accommodation is by helicopter. Once you’ve landed at the Kimberley Coastal Camp, and marvelled at the richness of the... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Cockburn rest area 50 km

152km N of Warmun (L) or 59km S of Wyndham (R)

Just off the highway at the junction with the Victoria Hwy.


Diversion Dam park area 69 km

T/O 6km W of Kununurra (R) or 39km E of Great Northern Hwy (L)

Near the boat ramp behind the information bay.


Dunham River rest area 76 km

117km N of Warmun (L) or 94km SW of Wyndham (R)

Just off the highway under a couple of trees at the Dunham River.


Gurrandalng Camp Area 108 km

T/O 183 km W of Timber Creek (R) or 45 km E of Kununurra (L)

Surrounded by sandstone cliffs 17 kilometres (unsealed) north of the highway in Keep River National Park. 


Northern Territory–West Australian Border park area 109 km

At Northern Territory border (L)

At the agricultural quarantine station; no fruit or vegetables to be taken into WA. For westbound only.


What's on around town

Races: Aug.

Art and Craft Show: Aug/Sept.

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