Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:23 December 2016
There’s an undeniable allure to desolate landscapes, especially when they’re steeped in a little history. Wyndham, the northernmost town in Western Australia and the oldest town in Kimberley, more than makes the cut.
Average Winter Temp: 26°C
Average Summer Temp: 35°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Djeidji, Dulngari and Aruagga people
Wyndham is bordered by the Cambridge Gulf and surrounded by mangroves. Both of these support a thriving population of crocodiles, a fact that is illustrated by the huge concrete ‘Big Croc’ that stands guard at the entrance to the town. Barring the crocodiles, Wyndham supports a human population of just about 800, and functions chiefly as a service town for east Kimberley. It has retained this role since the close of the nineteenth century, when the gold rush at Halls Creek suddenly brought the area into the spotlight.Wyndham adds to its mix of unusual labels the tag of Australia’s hottest town, at least if you go by average temperatures through the year.
Wyndham offers the purest form of Outback adventure, its remote setting, isolated nature reserves and indigenous art sites creating a rich blend of experiences. Visitors can also explore the old Halls Creek gold rush track, spend time catching up with Wyndham’s historic associations with the Gold Rush and the Telegraph, and observe a plethora of tropical birds and crocodiles at the nearby Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve.
Attractions & Activities:
- Heritage Trails
- Crocodile Watching
- Bird Watching
- Sunset Views
- Barramundi Fishing
- 4-Wheel Driving
- Aboriginal Art Sites
- Wyndham Port Heritage Trail
- Telegraph Hill
- Wyndham Museum
- Old Halls Creek Gold Rush Track
- Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
- Ord River Nature Reserve
- Warriu Dreamtime Park
- Five Rivers Lookout
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Wyndham Caravan Park
Located in the heart of Wyndham’s residential and shopping areas, this extensive caravan park offers lovely shaded caravan sites amid ghost gums and an environment of complete relaxation. It comes with state-of-the-art facilities including modern toilets and showers, a well-equipped camp kitchen and barbecue areas, laundry facilities and dump points, a swimming pool, and even kiosks selling ice, bread, milk and cold drinks. There’s free Wi-Fi all around, and even some free caravan storage to go around, if you make an appointment.
$30/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $15 per child
$36/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $5 per child
Weekly discounted rates available: 7 nights at the price of 6.
(Cabins and donga rooms are also available.)
Parry Creek Farm Tourist Park
A beautiful site located in the heart of the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, the Parry Creeks Farm Tourist Park gives guests a chance to experience the fresh air and spectacular views of the Kimberley, and take a half-hour drive to Wyndham at their convenience. From air-conditioned cabins to unpowered sites, this property has every variety of accommodation option, together with a farm restaurant, bird watching points, and a rare chance to explore Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve at leisure.
$30/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5 per child (2-12 years)
$35/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $15 for every additional person; $5 per child (2-12 years)
$35/night for 2 persons, secluded campsites (caravans should have their own toilets); $5 per child (2-12 years)
(Air conditioned cabins and rooms are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Free camping along the Gibb River Road is no longer permitted, but a number of rest areas can be found in and around the Kimberley, offering free stays for short durations. Caravanning tourists heading to Wyndham from the south can find a number of options around Halls Creek and Mary Pool. All roadside rest areas can be found on a map on the WA Main Road Roadside Rest Areas website.