Fitzroy Crossing Tourism & Travel
Fitzroy Crossing Australia
Fitzroy Crossing straddles the Fitzroy River, 2686km north of Perth.
Fitzroy Crossing History
Fitzroy Crossing was a creation of necessity; early settlers to the Kimberley needed a place to ford the mighty Fitzroy River. The old crossing was the shortest and safest route.
Focus shifted from the original townsite of Fitzroy Crossing when a modern stilted bridge was built downstream in 1974.
Fitzroy Crossing Today
Today, Fitzroy Crossing is a small settlement that services local stations and acts as a stopover destination for those exploring the rugged Kimberley and its nearby attractions of Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, or those en-route to the Bungle Bungles Purnululu National Park, or Kununurra and Darwin.
The current townsite has expanded recently due to mining operations 80km southeast, the growth of Aboriginal communities and the increase in popularity of the Kimberley and Gibb River Road as tourist destinations.
Fitzroy Crossing is the closest large outback town to Broome or Derby in the vast remote Kimberley wilderness, and can also be reached via the Gibb River Road at the Windjana Gorge turnoff.
Geikie Gorge National Park
18km northeast of Fitzroy Crossing is the Geikie Gorge National Park, a 3136ha world that more than hints at ancient times.
The Kimberley was once under a shallow tropical sea during the Devonian Period over 350 million years ago. Geikie Gorge, formed by the Fitzroy River cutting through the remains over this ancient reef, is 14km long and only accessible during the dry season, late May to October. 350 million year old fossils are clearly and easily seen throughout the gorge.
Cruise the placid waters as you soak in the scenery sheer yellow, ochre and grey limestone walls house deep gorges, which are reflected in the pools of the river.
Fossils can be seen throughout the layers of the rock as can the parks wide range of wildlife that have adapted to a number of unique habitats. Friendly freshwater crocodiles, stingrays, sharks and sawfish intermingle with rock wallabies, euros and the many species of beautiful birds, each finding its own niche in the diverse ecosystem.
Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek
Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek are also close by see Gibb River Road, making Fitzroy Crossing an excellent base to explore the surrounding gorges.
Near to Fitzroy Crossing in Kimberley terms is Fossil Downs, a famous Kimberley property and Gogo Station where the State Fossil Emblem of Western Australia, the Gogo Fish fossil was found, and where wealth of interesting marine fossils exist.
A visit to the original Fitzroy Crossing townsite is definitely worth a look; perhaps you could chat with a local and hear tales of how hard the mighty Fitzroy flows during the wet whilst you sip on an ice cold drink.