Twenty years ago the tourists buses and travellers drove through Fitzroy Crossing without giving the place a second glance. Today it's recognised as a gateway to explore places like Tunnel Gorge and Winjana Gorge, both National Parks with intricate geology. The original townsite is upstream and dates back to 1897 when it was a simple shanty town consisting of a pub and store. Fitzroy Crossing exists simply because it was the most viable place to wait and cross the mighty Fitzroy River while it was in flood.
The Gibb River Road, one of Australia's iconic 4WD tracks, can also be accessed via the Windjana Gorge road while to the east and north lie Broome and Kununurra. Geiki Gorge lies only 18km north-east while the six metre quartz outcrop known as China Walls near halls Creek makes for an interesting diversion.
In the past Fitzroy Crossing had never been realised as a tourist destination. Social issues revolving around alcohol plagued the small town and combined with a sense of unruliness and a general appearance of disrepair it was easy to keep on driving. Not any more. Fitzroy has cleaned up it's act and realised the potential of the masses who wander the highways in caravans and campers.
It's rugged country typical of the Kimberley Region - red rock outcrops and spinifex punctuated by stands of Boab Trees and the sight of the Fitzroy River raging through the landscape is something to behold.
Fitzroy Crossing and the lands around it are the home of numerous Aboriginal language groups and there is plenty of indigenous art and culture to discover.
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