As the name suggests, Fitzroy Crossing is situated at the crossing of the Fitzroy River, almost 400 kilometres east of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. A true outback town, Fitzroy Crossing is surrounded by the fertile flood plains of the mighty Fitzroy River. It’s the ideal base for exploring the ancient caves and canyons of Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge and Mimbi Caves and the stunning Danggu Geikie Gorge.
Lieutenant John Lort Stokes of the HMS Beagle explored the river in 1838 later naming it in honour of Captain Robert Fitzroy, a former commander of the ship. The town is on Bunuba Muwayi country with Fitzroy Valley home to five main language groups - Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Nyikina, Walmajarri and Wangkatjungka. Aboriginal art and culture are strong in the area, with galleries where visitors can learn about Australia’s First Nation culture.
Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
The great Fitzroy River is one of the Kimberley region’s most important waterways. Winding its way for 750 kilometres, this iconic river flows through Geikie Gorge National Park, through open plains, colourful cliffs, and deep gorges before spilling out into the ocean at King Sound, South of Derby.
Half of its 90,000 square kilometre catchment is above the township of Fitzroy Crossing and in flood, the Fitzroy River swells to become one of the world’s largest rivers. In the dry season, the river stops flowing, creating waterholes that are vital to the abundant wildlife and offering refreshing spots for the locals to cool off.
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