Mornington Wilderness Camp
Mornington is open from 1 May - 10 October 2016.
Located in the heart of the Kimberley, Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 3,000 km2 of spectacular gorges and tropical savannah dominated by the Fitzroy River and King Leopold Ranges.
Owned and managed by the non-profit AWC, Mornington Wilderness Camp provides a comfortable base from which to explore this remarkable sanctuary. It is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. All proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Kimberley.
AWC offers many enjoyable day trips around Mornington. Popular activities include canoeing down Dimond Gorge and swimming and exploring Sir John Gorge. Before dinner, enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set over the stunning Central Kimberley ranges. Nature lovers can indulge in various guided and self-guided tours. From birdwatching to exploringhabitats unique to the Kimberley, there is something for everyone.
Relax and soak up the atmosphere with a few nights in the safari tents, which overlook Annie Creek. Alternatively, pitch your own tent in the shady campground. In the evenings, dine under the stars at the bush bar and licensed restaurant.
For the adventurous traveller, this is a unique opportunity to experience one of Australia’s leading wilderness camps while also helping to save Australia’s endangered wildlife.
Mornington Wilderness Camp provides a comfortable base from which to explore the Sanctuary and a range of self-guided or expert guided tours and activities are available.
Mornington Sanctuary is a hotspot for birdwatchers with 201 bird species recorded within the sanctuary. At least three nationally threatened bird species find refuge on Mornington:
- Gouldian Finch
- Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
- Red Goshawk
Early morning guided birdwatching tours are available. The self-guided Annie Creek walk explores habitat for the elusive White-browed Robin. Cadjeput and Bluebush, both situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River, provide a beautiful setting for swimming and birdwatching. A short drive from the Wilderness Camp, these are perfect half day trips.
Exclusive Day Trips
Dimond Gorge - Deep in the heart of ‘Gorgeous Gorge Country’.
The mighty Fitzroy River cuts through the rugged King Leopold Range at Dimond Gorge, producing spectacular rock formations and 30 m (100 ft) high walls. Dimond Gorge definitely lives up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley. Here is your opportunity to canoe up the mighty Fitzroy River. Take a packed lunch and leisurely explore 2 km of the river as it winds its way through Dimond Gorge. Highlights include: swimming, abundant birdlife, and a secluded waterfall tucked away at the end of the gorge. You may even catch a glimpse of the Short-eared Rock-wallaby.
Sir John Gorge - One of the Kimberley’s best kept secrets!
Sir John Gorge is a massive gorge set within the majestic King Leopold Range. Immerse yourself in countryside that was formed before life appeared on earth. The Sir John Gorge self-guided trail notes take you through a diverse range of scenery. Swimming, exploring the gorge and abundant birdlife are just some of the highlights that await you at this spectacular destination. Sipping champagne at sunset amidst the changing colours of Sir John Gorge is an unforgettable experience.
Activities and Tours
Mornington Wilderness Camp has 11 safari-style tents each with ensuite and a private balcony overlooking picturesque Annie Creek. The spacious tents are comfortably furnished with quality beds and linen, tea/coffee making facilities and mini bar. A laundry service is also available.
Mornington Wilderness Camp also has a shady, creek-side campground with the ablutions block providing flushing toilets and hot showers. We do not allow campfires, generators, fishing or pets at Mornington. Please note too that all our campsites are unpowered. Reservations are now taken for the campground by contacting Mornington 08 9191 7406. As our focus at Mornington is on conservation, we have a maximum of 50 people or 25 vehicles in the campground at any one time.
There is a radio booth situated 100 metres off the Gibb River Road, on the Mt House/Mornington access road, which ALL visitors need to use to notify staff of arrival and check current road conditions. All visitors without a reservation please stop at the radio booth to enquire as to the availability of a campsite and safari tents.
Campers are welcome to enjoy a gourmet dinner, accompanied by premium Western Australian wines, at the licensed restaurant or to just relax by the bar in the evenings. Dinner reservations are essential. Dinner is often followed by a presentation on the AWC conservation programs at Mornington. Coffee and cake is available all day.
A visitor information area is situated near the bush restaurant where guests can learn about the local mammal populations and the diverse ecosystems of the region.
Prices correct for the 2016 season and are payable by direct debit, cheque or credit card (VISA, Mastercard).
Mornington Wilderness Camp is open for 2016 season from 1 May - 10 October.
To make a booking for 2016, contact the Wilderness Camp Manager:
- Telephone: 1800 631 946 (free of charge from most fixed phones in Australia)
- International callers: +61 8 9191 7406
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important that you prearrange your visit to the Sanctuary. Mornington Wilderness Camp is open to visitors between May and October - weather and road conditions permitting. The road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Please contact Mornington Wilderness Camp for up-to-date information.
To discover Mornington, travel along the Gibb River Road to the signposted turnoff. The distance to Wilderness Camp from the following is:
330 km (5 hours) from Derby;
550 km (7 hours) from Broome;
565 km (8 hours) from Kununurra; and
385 km (6 hours) from Fitzroy Crossing.
From the turnoff (at Mt House) drive a further 88 km (1.5 to 2 hours) south to the Wilderness Camp.
The Wilderness Camp has an all weather 1,100 m airstrip (S. 17.31.40 E. 126.07.12, elevation 670 ft, parking and windsock at SW corner - 2 NM east of the camp). Charter flights to Mornington Sanctuary are available from Broome (1 hour 40 minutes), Kununurra (1 hour 20 minutes), Halls Creek (1 hour) or Fitzroy Crossing (30 minutes). Contact air charter companies for prices and details - if required, we can suggest suitable operators.