Formerly known as Beverly Springs, Charnley River Station is a pleasant spot to stop for a couple of nights.
It doesn’t get as busy as some of the other stations along the Gibb River Road. One reason for this is that the homestead and camping area is 43km off the road.
Charnley River is a real working cattle station. There’s lots of curious cows and some wonderful wildlife. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy also manages a large portion of the station and there are plenty of birds on the station.
Sights & Activities
Grevillea Gorge is the most impressive gorge on Charnley.
It’s a 30km drive from the homestead. After a short walk from the carpark, you climb down a series of small and spectacular waterfalls with an incredible pool for swimming. The first climbing section has a ladder, but the next few sections require you to scramble down and find your own handholds.
The last waterfall is steep and slippery – be very careful descending it… but the views are nothing short of incredible.
Lily Pool is a small but pretty pool with waterlillies, and Donkey Pool is a great spot for a swim and a relaxing couple of hours. It’s very close to the carpark, so it’s a good option if you don’t want to walk too far.
Camping and Accommodation
The large grassed campground has plenty of shade and a new bathroom and toilet block, with hot showers. There’s also a couple of communal areas with plenty of supplied wood for campfires.
Lots of inquisitive rock wallabies bounce around the campground, along with the resident peacocks, which are popular with children.
Camping costs $35 per couple per night. Guesthouse accommodation starts at $165 a night.
No pets are allowed.
Commnuication and Repairs
There’s a public payphone where you can make calls, but there is no internet access or mobile phone reception.
Basic tyre repairs are possible.