Mornington Wilderness Camp

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Mornington Sanctuary © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Reasons to Visit

Mornington Sanctuary is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. It is a hotspot for birdwatchers with 208 bird species recorded within the sanctuary. At least three nationally threatened bird species find refuge on Mornington, including the Gouldian Finch, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and Red Goshawk.

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.

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Available Activities

AWC offers many enjoyable day trips around Mornington. Popular activities include early morning guided birdwatching tours, canoeing down Dimond Gorge, 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. Read about the available tours below. Due to unseasonably dry conditions not all tours and activities are available in 2019. Please contact the camp prior to booking.

Mornington Station Awc © Nick Rains

Accommodation and Facilities

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.

In the evenings, dine under the stars at the bush bar and licensed restaurant.

We do not allow campfires, generators, fishing or pets at Mornington. Please note too that all our campsites are unpowered.

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Pricing

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

Prices are correct for the 2019 season and are payable by direct debit, cheque or credit card (VISA, Mastercard).

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Bookings

 

Mornington Wilderness Camp will be open from Tuesday 30 April until  Tuesday 17 September 2019. It is important that you prearrange your visit to the Sanctuary.

To make a booking, 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: mornington@australianwildlife.org

Restaurant meals, guided activities and canoe hire can be booked on arrival at Mornington Wilderness Camp.

Mornington Station Awc © Nick Rains

Other Visitor Information

Campers are welcome to enjoy a gourmet dinner, accompanied by premium 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 free 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.

Marion Downs Fauna Survey Ground Shoot © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Getting There By Road

The road is subject to weather conditions and is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Please contact Mornington Wilderness Camp for up-to-date information ahead of your visit.

To discover Mornington by road, 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. 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.

Phillips Range © Melissa Bruton/AWC

Getting There By Air

The Wilderness Camp has an all weather 1,100 metre 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.