Charnley River-Artesian Range Wilderness Camp

© Wayne Lawler/AWC
Visitcharnley Artesian Reasons Tonyfleming Aif3381 © Tony Fleming/AWC

Reasons to Visit

Charnley River-Artesian Range Wilderness Camp is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. Charnley River-Artesian Range has a vital role to play in protecting and restoring the endangered wildlife of northern Australia. 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.

Artesian Range 2012 © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Available Activities

There is something for everyone at Charnley River. Popular activities include swimming and exploring stunning gorges like Grevillea Gorge, Dillie Gorge or Donkey Hole. Nature lovers can indulge in various self-guided tours, from birdwatching to exploring habitats unique to the Kimberley. Come relax and learn about AWC’s work in the Kimberley and across Australia in our newly constructed Interpretation Centre.

Charnley River Station Inspection 2010 © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Accommodation and Facilities

Pitch your own tent in the shady campground and take advantage of our supplied amenities.

Sorry, there are no pets or fires allowed at Charnley River-Artesian Range Wilderness Camp.

© Braden Moloney/AWC
Charnley River Station Inspection 2010 © Wayne Lawler/AWC


  • Camping Adult $26.50 per night (Vehicle Sanctuary Access fee included)
  • Camping Child $12.50 per night

All proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Kimberley.

Charnley River Station Inspection 2010 © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Bookings and Enquiries

Due to continued repairs on extensively damaged roads following an enormous wet season, Charnley will remained closed until the following tentative date. AWC staff are in the process of communicating with any existing reservations which may be affected by this setback. There is a possibility that some of the tourist sites on Charnley will remain inaccessible further. 

TBC Opening Date: 5th June

Charnley River Station Inspection 2010 © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Getting There

For those who are driving, Charnley is located:

  • 1.5 hours or 43km north of the Gibb River Road.
  • 5 hours or 320km from Derby
  • 7 hours or 540km from Broome