Mornington Wilderness Camp

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Bilby Sca2657 Ed 2 Feature © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Reasons to Visit

Mornington Sanctuary is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. It is a hotspot for birdwatchers with 208 bird species recorded within the sanctuary. At least three nationally threatened bird species find refuge on Mornington, including the Gouldian Finch, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and Red Goshawk.

For the adventurous traveller, this is a unique opportunity to experience one of Australia’s leading wilderness camps while also helping to save Australia’s endangered wildlife.

Available Activities

AWC offers many enjoyable day trips around Mornington. Popular activities include early morning guided bird-watching tours, canoeing down Dimond Gorge, and exploring Sir John Gorge. 

Before dinner, enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set over the stunning Central Kimberley ranges. 

Nature lovers can indulge in various guided and self-guided tours.

 

Accommodation and Facilities

Mornington Wilderness Camp provides a shady, creek-side campground with ablution blocks, hot showers and communal BBQ’s. The spacious campground offers a peaceful experience, even in the north-west’s peak season.

11 safari-style tents are available, each with en-suite and a private balcony overlooking picturesque Annie Creek. These spacious tents are comfortably furnished with quality beds and linen, tea/coffee making facilities and mini bar. Safari tents are subject to limited availability.  

In the evenings, dine under the stars at the ‘Gibb-River-Road-famous’ Bush Bar and licensed restaurant. 

We do not allow campfires, generators, fishingdrones or pets at Mornington. Please note, too, that all our campsites are un-powered. 

© G Anderson/AWC
Margaret Photo For Awc Landscape © Photo supplied

Pricing

All proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Kimberley.

Fees are payable by direct debit, cheque or credit card (VISA, Mastercard) when booking online.

Please click below for 2021 prices.

Special offer: Book 2 nights or more in our luxury Safari Tent accommodation and receive a 20% discount on your entire stay.

Margaret Photo For Awc Feature © Photo supplied

Bookings

Mornington Wilderness Camp is now open to guests for the season. You can book your trip using the link below.

Special offer: Book 2 nights or more in our luxury Safari Tent accommodation and receive a 20% discount on your entire stay. Meals included. Book online deposit free and pay on arrival or email Mornington@australianwildlife.org

 

Other Visitor Information

Campers are welcome to enjoy a gourmet dinner, accompanied by premium Australian wines, at the licensed restaurant or to just relax by the bar in the evenings. Dinner reservations are essential. Dinner is often followed by a free presentation on the AWC conservation programs at Mornington. Coffee and cake is available all day.

A visitor information area is situated near the bush restaurant where guests can learn about the local mammal populations and the diverse ecosystems of the region.

Pilliga Bilby Reintroduction © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Getting There By Road

The road is subject to weather conditions and is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Please contact Mornington Wilderness Camp for up-to-date information ahead of your visit.

To discover Mornington by road, travel along the Gibb River Road to the signposted turnoff. The distance to Wilderness Camp from the following is:

  • 330 km (5 hours) from Derby;
  • 550 km (7 hours) from Broome;
  • 565 km (8 hours) from Kununurra; and
  • 385 km (6 hours) from Fitzroy Crossing.

From the turnoff (at Mt House) drive a further 88 km (1.5 to 2 hours) south to the Wilderness Camp. There is a radio booth situated 100 metres off the Gibb River Road, on the Mt House / Mornington access road, which ALL visitors need to use to notify staff of arrival and check current road conditions.

Getting There By Air

The Wilderness Camp has an all weather 1,100 metre airstrip (S. 17.31.40 E. 126.07.12, elevation 670 ft, parking and windsock at SW corner – 2 NM east of the camp). Charter flights to Mornington Sanctuary are available from Broome (1 hour 40 minutes), Kununurra (1 hour 20 minutes), Halls Creek (1 hour) or Fitzroy Crossing (30 minutes). Contact air charter companies for prices and details.