Dimond Gorge, Mornington Wilderness Camp, Kimberley Dimond Gorge, Mornington Wilderness Camp, Kimberley
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About Dimond Gorge, Mornington Wilderness Camp, Kimberley
Unusually, The Dimond Gorge trail combines both walking and canoeing. Paddlers pay at Mornington Wilderness Camp office for paddles, lifejackets and a good mud map of the canoeing trail. There’s a 24km drive to the car park and a short walk along a well-marked trail.
It’s rocky walk to a sandy beach where your two-person canoe is waiting. Expect to take at least half a day to truly soak up the grandeur and do the 7km return journey including the walking component.
It’s awe-inspiring paddling along the Fitzroy River, which during the wet-season disgorges more water than any other river in Australia. Two kilometres into the paddle is a small beach where you park the canoe. From there, walk a short distance to a delightful side gorge with a pool, fed by a small waterfall. Thankfully, you are paddling in the dry-season when the river becomes a long series of placid pools, reflecting the sheer gorge walls above. It gets very hot out on the water, so take plenty of drinking water, sunscreen and a hat.
Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy - an independent non-profit organisation.
The 312,000 ha Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary covers much of the upper catchment area of the Fitzroy River and sections of the King Leopold Ranges. It comprises four major river systems with many gorges and billabongs.
The main draw cards are Dimond Gorge and Sir John Gorge, plus several other waterholes. You can go swimming, birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, take guided eco-tours, explore the self-drive trails... and it's just spectacular country. Stay two nights as a minimum.
Camping sites and accommodation at Mornington Wilderness Camp are limited. Therefore you need to book ahead and you also need to radio them when you get to the turn off, before you leave the Gibb River Road.
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Time / Duration
Half to full day if you canoe
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
24km from the camp, 88km from Gibb River Road, 330km from Derby which is 2400 north of Perth
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
FacilitiesBook canoes at the Mornington Reception. They provide paddles and life jackets to take with you.
- Car Park
Best time of year
May to October. The dry season in the Kimberley
Entry and camping fees apply
Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to the Wilderness Camp
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Canoeing Dimond GorgeA beautiful stretch of water to Canoe
Short walk from the carpark to the Canoes and gorgeShort walk from the carpark to the Canoes and gorge
Two and three person canoes are available for hireTwo and three person canoes are available for hire
Fitzroy river flows through Dimond GorgeFitzroy river flows through Dimond Gorge
Pull the canoes up on the small beach for lunchPull the canoes up on the small beach for lunch
Small waterfallSmall waterfall
Small climb to the waterfallSmall climb to the waterfall
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