This one time pastoral lease at Mornington Wilderness Camp is now managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and is a nature lovers paradise.
It is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas and provides a sanctuary for rare and endangered birds and animals in the Kimberley.
The landscape is incredibly beautiful and there are also two massive gorges to explore – Sir John Gorge and Dimond Gorge.
Mornington Wilderness Camp is 100km south of the Gibb River Road. The turnoff is roughly halfway between the Imintji and Mt Barnett roadhouses.
Sights & Activities
Mornington Sanctuary is home to two massive gorges – Sir John and Dimond. Many people rank Dimond and Sir John Gorges as their favourites along the Gibb River Road and it’s not hard to see why.
The huge expanse of the gorges and the pools makes you sit back and marvel at the ancient and powerful forces that have carved out this landscape.
Canoes are available for hire to explore Dimond Gorge, and this is the best way to experience the gorge. Gliding downstream with the towering walls of the gorge rising up from the river provides a breathtaking experience. The leisurely 2km trip through the gorge leads to a little secluded waterfall. Of course, there are many fantastic spots to stop for a swim.
You can use your own canoe or kayak in Dimond Gorge. Two person canoes can be hired for $65.
Sir John Gorge is a very popular sunset spot, and sipping on a drink at the end of the day here is simply magic. But it would be a shame to only come here in the late afternoon – there’s lots to explore during the day too.
A rocky walking trail leads to three large pools which you can explore on your own. All of them are fantastic places for a lesiurely swim and to admire the scenery and wildlife.
There is also exclusive canoeing at Sir John Gorge – we say exclusive because only 2 people a day are allowed to canoe through this breathtaking and pristine gorge. However, this is also quite an expensive expereince – it costs $165 to hire the canoe for the day.
Camping and Accommodation
There is good shady camping at Mornington, with campsites spread along Annie’s Creek. There are hot showers and flushing toilets at the ablution block.
It’s also a nice spot for some peace and quiet – all campsites are unpowered and generators are not allowed. Meals are also available The Bush Restaurant
Camping costs $18.50 an adult and $8 a child (3-12 years).
For those wanting some extra comfort, there are also luxury safari tents. Prices start at $28o a night with a gourmet dinner, full breakfast and lunch hamper included in the rates.
All vehicles must purchase a $25 Wildlife Sanctuary Pass. This fee goes towards maintaining the roads on the property.
No pets are allowed at Mornington.