How much time at Mornington Wilderness Camp?

by Melinda

We have 12 days to travel from Broome to Broome via Gibb River Rd and Great Northern Highway, we have two children 9 and 12, how important is Mornington Wilderness Camp to include, and is one night enough?


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Oct 04, 2009
Mornington Wilderness Camp
by: Birgit

Hi Melinda,

How important is it to include it? That depends on the individual. As you likely know from the site and my guide book, Mornington Wilderness Camp is one of my top picks. I personally would drop other destinations along the Gibb to be able to see Mornington, and I would spend two nights or more.

Read my detailed description in Destination Kimberley (which you own already) of everything at Mornington, and then decide how important it is to you.

I write in my guide that two nights is the minimum I recommend to spend at Mornington. However, it depends what you want to see and do there. If canoeing isn't your thing, and neither is walking, if it's just to get an overall impression and drive around some, then maybe one night is enough?

(But don't forget the long drive in. Is that worth it to you for one night?)

If you love wilderness, hiking, swimming, exploring etc., then you'll want more.

The kids would love it there, but they would love it everywhere else, too.

12 days all up is not much. When you make the decision to include Mornington or not, you also need to take into account where you are coming from and where you are going, or rather, the time you will spend driving on those two days.

Will you be arriving early and leaving late? So you have nearly two days? Or will you arrive late and have to leave early...?

Overall I can only recommend, as I do repeatedly on the site and in my guide, that you pick a few destinations along the Gibb River Road and take your time exploring and enjoying those, rather than try to cram in everything at all cost.

Oct 05, 2009
Mornington Wilderness Camp
by: Lance

Hi Melinda, I had Mornington WC in my itinerary in July when we were up. After talking to a number of people about the drive in MWC then the ordinary road into Dimond Gorge I decided against it, as I wanted to spend 3 days in there. So we changed our minds and spent 2 nights at Charnley River Homestead and 2 at Mt. Hart instead. Both were great spots in particular CRH. Next time I will go to Mornington so I can spend more time there. I travelled with 3 kids and tried to spend less time in the car, hence the long travel to MWC.

Enjoy your trip where ever you go, it's all fantastic country.


Oct 05, 2009
by: Anonymous

In my opinion Mornington is well worth a visit. It was one of the highlights of my trip in May 09 and is a spot I will be back at for sure.

My wife and I spent 2 nights there and I?m sure we could have done with at least another half a day. We got to see everything but it was a busy time.

If you can fit it in do it for sure. The drive in is a reasonably long one but take it easy and have a stop of two for photos and the time goes very quickly.


Apr 14, 2010
Fishing at Mornington?
by: Adam

Hi, I am planning a trip to Mornington and would like to know if the upper reaches of the Fitzroy River provide for good barra fishing?

Apr 14, 2010
Fishing at Mornington
by: Birgit

Sorry, Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary is indeed a wilderness sanctuary. No fishing.

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