Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wyndham, WA.

Most other travellers would have left Spring Creek RA and driven through to Wyndham in the one day, but not us. There were several other RA's between the two places and we couldn't pass all of them without calling in and talking to some of our fellow travellers. After all, that is how to find out about the great "not to be missed" places of interest along the way. Therefore Dunham River RA, only about 90 km short of Wyndham, was to be our camp site for a night. This RA was a very good, level, gravelled area with toilets and a dump point. We arrived early, before lunch, so we could, literally, choose our camp location at will. Within 2 to 3 hours most of the area was taken up with campers in all manner of vehicles.

The following morning saw us make the remaining 90 odd km to Wyndham for an early entry into Wyndham CP. Sharon in Reception saw us signed in and we selected our van site from the several available for our three night stay. The sites are large, grassed and shaded by large eucalypts. The climate here in Wyndham, at this time of the year,  is mild with a gentle breeze and as with most of The Kimberley Area, very few annoying or biting bugs.

Wyndham is a fairly quiet town and the pace of life here is definitely slow! Suits me fine.
Adjacent to the Wyndham Port Area are the ruins of The Magistrates Residence, only the foundations remain. Strangely the Magistrate never took up residence in the home.

There are huge stacks of Mahogany and Sandalwood Logs at the Wyndham Port awaiting export. This is Mahogany. The Sandalwood is farmed and shipped from nearby Kununurra.

Alongside the port area there is a museum, of sorts, of the machinery and locomotives of the ports early days.

Two more of the early locomotives.

In town is the Wyndham Historical Museum. This museum, manned by volunteers, is well worth a visit. Inside, are photographs of the town and port from the early days. In several of these photographs the locos pictured above can be seen during their working days.

Only erected in 2012 is the new Public Jetty. The boarding pontoon is floating, of course, to accommodate the hugely variable tides of the area. Note the colour of the water, it is more like liquid mud. Saltwater Crocodiles are known to inhabit the mangroves along the shore line here, although we didn't see any.

A high level view of the Port area from the Five Rivers Lookout.

From the Five Rivers Lookout looking East over The Ord River Estuary.

Looking West from the Five Rivers Lookout you can see Wyndham township in the centre with the Estuaries of the King, Forrest, Durack and Pentecost Rivers. The view from here during the Wet Season would be phenomenal.

The Big Croc welcomes visitors to Wyndham. It is about 23 metres long and contains 5.5 km of steel rod, 10 rolls of bird mesh and 6 cubic metres of concrete. It was constructed by an artist and volunteers from the local TAAFE College in 1987.

Constructed at about the same time as The Big Croc is this Aboriginal Family in what looks like copper. The male stands about 3 metres tall.

The female sitting with the child between the two.

Also in the display, the animals that they once hunted are also depicted.

Behind the male statue, there lurks a massive python.


  1. Hi Noel and Judy

    Wyndham has slow place life but it a must see as we did last year, I worked there of a week adding the power lines to our computer system call DFIS (Distribution Facilities Information System)

    Jim and Lee

  2. We also camped on the river out towards the 'prison tree' and spent several days watching people use the Pentacoste Crossing at the start of the Gibb River road while doing a bit of fishing. Watch those crocs though! Heading to sun Victoria next week. Brrrr!