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Mornington Wilderness Camp

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Located in the heart of the Kimberley, Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 3,000 km2 of spectacular gorges and tropical savanna dominated by the Fitzroy River and Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges.

Owned and managed by the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), Mornington Wilderness Camp provides a comfortable base from which to explore this remarkable sanctuary. It is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. All proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Kimberley.

AWC offers many enjoyable day trips around Mornington. Popular activities include canoeing down Dimond Gorge and swimming 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. From birdwatching to exploring habitats unique to the Kimberley, there is something for everyone.

Relax and soak up the atmosphere with a few nights in the safari tents, which overlook Annie Creek. Alternatively, pitch your own tent in the shady campground. In the evenings, dine under the stars at the bush bar and licensed restaurant.

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.

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Mornington Wilderness Camp is open to visitors from May to October - weather and road conditions permitting. The road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Please contact the Wilderness Camp for up-to-date information.

Cancellation Policy

We understand plans can change, so here are our conditions and policies


We understand that circumstances may arise where you may need to cancel your reservation. Should this occur you will be charged as follows:
·         If you inform us of your cancellation with more than twenty-two (22) days’ notice your deposit will be refunded less a $25 administration fee;
·        If eight (8) to twenty-one (21) days’ notice of cancellation is given a cancellation fee of 25% of the total reserved accommodation will be charged; and
·         If you cancel on less than seven (7) days’ notice a cancellation fee of 50% of the total reserved accommodation will be charged.


Gibb River Road, Derby 6728


By Road

To discover Mornington sanctuary, 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.

By Air

The Wilderness Camp has a 1,000 m 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). Price on application.



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Rated by 3 guests
John G
A great place to visit and rest off the Gibb River road
A lovely place to a camp and wind down after the Gibb River road. The road in is reasonable even though it is 80km from the Gibb. We visited Sir John and Dimond gorges, also Blue Bush lagoon. All very different and good for swimming. We also did the morning bird watch tour which was ok but a bit sedentary. The walks around the camp are good for bird watching. Food and drinks were pricey but in line with the area. The food was well cooked and presented. Staff were friendly and good. Hamish mended a puncture for us, that was a relief!

Manuela K
A must do along the Gibb River Road!
You can reach the Mornington Wilderness via a 90 kilomter driveway from the Gibb. It is well worth the drive. The area belongs to the Australian Wildlife Conservation. The campsites are quite spacious and since the number of people is limited quiet. The amenities with showers and drinking water are ok and were clean during our stay. There is a free presentation on some evenings, furthermore, there are a few options for tour bookings. We paddled along beautiful Dimond Gorge and took part in a really extraordinary birdwatching tour. Last but not least the restaurant served a great two course dinner for us.

Pieter P
Amazing Sanctuary
My wife and I visited this place last week. What a wonderful discovery.

The staff are super helpful and friendly, the camping spots shady with accessible water and nice and private.

The ablutions are very neat and spotlessly clean.

The surrounding area is spectacular, with two amazing gorges and lovely walking tracks.

This is our most favoured destination on the Gibb River Road.