Wyndham, the original East Kimberley town and port is located 100km northwest of Kununurra. The small outback town of 800 people boasts some magnificent scenery and is in close proximity to some serious four-wheel driving.
Wyndham’s Kimberley icon located in the centre of town is the Saltwater Crocodile. Designed and built by Andrew Hickson and local Tafe students in 1988, “The Big Crocodile” spans 20 metres in length and consists of 5.5km of steel rod, 10 rolls of bird mesh and 6 cubic metres of concrete. The sculpture is an impressive piece and the likeness to its living counterparts is uncanny.
Wyndham Crocodile Park
The Five Rivers Lookout sitting atop the Bastion Ranges is the major attraction as the views of the town, Port, waterways and Cockburn Ranges are spectacular. The town sits on the Cambridge Gulf and as the lookout’s name suggests there are five rivers flowing into it (Forrest, Pentecost, Ord, Durack and King Rivers). Located 350m above sea level the 4km drive up to the top is half the fun! This magnificent lookout is a popular sunset viewing place.
is located on Barytes Road in town and features a variety of Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles for viewing. The park offers food, refreshments, barbeque facilities, amenities and genuine crocodile products. A guided tour and feeding time is scheduled at 11am daily.
Warrui Park on Koolama St (off Kangaroo Road) displays aboriginal dreamtime statues. The monuments depict an aboriginal warrior, woman, child and native Australian animals. The statues are unique, impressive and culturally significant to the local indigenous people.
About 7km out of town is the King River Road (Karunjie Track) which is 80km of relatively slow and bumpy four-wheel driving and an adventure in itself. Along the track is real outback scenery including the stunning Cockburn Ranges with their array of colours and the Boab Prison Tree. This magnificent boab tree is located about 23km along the track and has an impressive girth.
Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve
is only 23km from town off the Great Northern Highway.
The picturesque Marlgu Billabong is a recognized and significant breeding ground for many unique bird species inhabiting the area. A boardwalk and viewing hut sit on the wetlands where you can marvel at the abundance of birdlife, water lilies and attractive scenery. A pair of binoculars would come in handy here.
Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort is just 8km off the highway and is surrounded by the Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve. The park offers treetop cabin style accommodation and camping facilities and is nestled against a lovely creek covered with purple and white water lilies. A licensed restaurant and swimming pool are located here and dogs are permitted in the camp ground. Try your luck Barramundi fishing here or in the nearby Cambridge Gulf if you’re keen.
The Grotto is a swimming hole located 30km south of Wyndham. 140 man-made steps descend steeply into the natural amphitheatre where the water is estimated to be 300ft deep. The pool is flushed each wet season when the waterfall is active and the scenery is at its best.
Wyndham offers some stunning outback scenery and real adventure with the Gibb River Road and Karunjie Track just down the road. This East Kimberley town and its surrounds are worth exploring on your Kimberley holiday experience.
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Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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