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Lily Pools, Charnley Station, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.3 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

Lily Pools Trail is a delightful little walk, a mere 300 metres one-way in length. It is very well marked. A bit of rock scrambling will get you to a little pool and gorge where swimming is possible. By sitting quietly, it’s a good place to spot wildlife. Water goannas are commonly seen here sun baking on rocks.

A nice spot to swim and/or relax
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300km east of Derby. Derby is 2400km north of Perth

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At 300 metres one-way, the Lily Pools Trail is by no means a long slog. It is a very well marked trail that requires some rock scrambling in parts, but nothing too demanding.

The pool at the end is small, but swimmable, especially earlier in the dry season when the water is flowing. It is a good spot to sit around and observe wildlife. Water goannas are common and often seen sunning themselves early in the day.

A map of this trail is available at the informative visitors centre and booking office for camping at Charnley River Wilderness Camp. Shady non-powered sites are available at the camping ground, where numerous birds make it a birdwatchers paradise. The dawn chorus is beyond superb.

Charnley River Station is run and owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the biggest non-profit independent conservation organisation in Australia. 

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Time / Duration

10 minutes


600 metres return

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

300km east of Derby. Derby is 2400km north of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

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.

Difficulty Notes

Some rock scambling, but nothing too demanding.


  • Bicycle Path

Best time of year

May to October. Earlier in the season is better for waterfalls and swimming.


Entry and camping fees apply

Trail Access

Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to 290km east of Derby

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