Mornington Wilderness Camp, WA, Australia
Much of the landscape of the reserve is rugged; it contains a section of the King Leopold Ranges and the upper catchment of the Fitzroy River, as well as the mesas of the Baulk Face Range and Fitzroy Bluff. Tributaries of the Fitzroy River flow through vertically walled gorges, such as Dimond Gorge. Lake Gladstone, the largest wetland in the Kimberley, lies in the north-west part of the reserve. Vegetation is predominantly various forms of tropical savanna woodland and grassland regulated by frequent wildfires. Fragments of rainforest communities such as Livistona palm forests may be found in gullies and other areas protected from fires. The climate is tropical and monsoonal with distinct wet (November–April) and dry (May–October) seasons. Average annual rainfall is about 700 mm
Part of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the superb Mornington Wilderness Camp is as remote as it gets, lying on the Fitzroy River an incredibly scenic 95km drive across the savannah from the Gibb’s 247km mark. Nearly 400,000 hectares are devoted to conserving the Kimberley’s endangered fauna and there’s excellent canoeing, bird watching and bush walking.
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