Lily Pools, Charnley Station, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley Lily Pools, Charnley Station, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley
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About Lily Pools, Charnley Station, Gibb River Rd, Kimberley
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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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
600 metres return
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
300km east of Derby. Derby is 2400km 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.
Best time of year
May to October. Earlier in the season is better for waterfalls and swimming.
Entry and camping fees apply
Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to 290km east of Derby
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Walkers relaxing at Lily PoolA nice spot to swim and/or relax
Lily Pool trail headThe trails are well marked
The Charnley trail markersFollow the wallaby footprint markers
Walking to the Lilly PoolSome of the walk is on flat riverbed rocks
Down to the Lily PoolThe Lily Pool is a small pool below a dry waterfall
A goanna baskingReptiles warm themselves on the sunny rocks by the pool
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