Charnley River Station
(Beverly Springs) Gibb River Road
Charnley River Station is located off the Gibb River Road, about half way between Bell Gorge and Manning Gorge. Until 2011 this was a working cattle station that also grew a range of seed crops.
Charnley River Station was formerly called Beverly Springs and run by Marion Nixon and her husband. (Marion became known for her book "Children in the Sun", where she describes her life bringing up her five children on the station).
This was the very first station along the Gibb River Road to offer accommodation to tourists.
In August 2010 Peter and Cheryl Camp bought the station and renamed it into Charnley River. And in February 2011 Charnley River changed hands again. Part of the station is now managed as a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, which also still runs the tourism side of the business.
Charnley River covers some great country with several gorges and swimming holes. It is a very welcoming place and has become quite popular with tourists.
The station caters to general tourists as well as tours and specialist groups. As of 2014 accommodation and meals are not available any more, but you can still camp here.
Camping is available at the large campground near the homestead. (Bushcamping used to be available, but no more.)
From there you can take self guided driving tours, explore their many gorges on foot or by hired canoe, arrange a scenic flight or a guided tour, go fishing, birdwatching... It's not hard to keep yourself entertained for a few days!
Donkey Hole is a series of small rock pools, not far from the campground. (The photo shows the top pool.) It's a good place for a quick dip and a picnic if you have little time.
This is beautiful Lillie Pool, above Grevillea Gorge.
And this is the first pool of Grevillea Gorge. Grevillea Gorge also consists of a series of pools, but most people access only the first:
A ladder is there to help you down, should you need it. But there is no ladder to get to the second pool.
Climbing down to that can be a challenge... And you better not be scared of heights! Here is a view down into the second pool and the drop you have to climb down.
Here is a photo with someone in it, to give you an idea of the proportions:
Most people don't come down here, so if you do, you have a good chance of having it to yourself.
Dillie Gorge does not require any rock climbing prowess. Just walk down from the car park and enjoy!
The red canoe you see in the photo is available for hire. But you could also just take your own. Or be content with swimming, lazing, exploring on foot...
I think by now you agree to what I said above: it's not hard to keep yourself entertained for a few days!