Fitzroy Crossing lies on the fertile floodplains of the Fitzroy River, downriver from the striking Geikie Gorge National Park and south of the ancient canyons and caves of Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, where you can spot native wildlife in abundance.
Hopping on a direct flight to Broome from Perth and Darwin (year-round) and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (seasonal) will land you an easy four and a half hour drive from Fitzroy Crossing. Then it’s just an 18 kilometre drive to reach Geikie Gorge.
The soaring cliffs of Geikie Gorge are part of a 350 million year old Devonian reef system, carved over thousands of years by the Fitzroy River. When in flood, it’s believed to be one of the largest rivers in the world, in terms of volume, and a cruise on its waters or a bushwalk along its tree-lined banks will reveal a staggering variety of fish and birdlife.
The region is just as rich in history and heritage. Fitzroy Crossing has many significant cultural sites, including ancient rock art of the Gooniyandi who inhabited the nearby Mimbi Caves. Indigenous tours will lead you through the labyrinth of caves and Geikie Gorge, sharing stories, bush tucker and traditional medicines of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth.
To the north, you’re also within reach of the Kimberley’s stunning Windjana Gorge. Here you can marvel at the sheer 100 metres walls carved over hundreds of millions of years. Continue on to Tunnel Creek and take a torch-lit walk through Western Australia’s oldest cave system, venturing 750 metres into a subterranean world of bats and freshwater crocodiles.
While in town, it’s worth the short drive to the original town site and causeway crossing to visit the legendary Crossing Inn or hook a barramundi from the Fitzroy River.
Motel-style and caravan park accommodation is available. Visit between May and October, and enjoy warm, dry days and cool evenings. From December to March, you’re likely to see storms transform the surrounding landscape into a sea of green.