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Fitzroy Crossing

Fitzroy Crossing is 256km from Derby, 288km from Halls Creek and 365km from Kununurra.

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About Fitzroy Crossing

 

Fitzroy Crossing is 256km from Derby, 288km from Halls Creek and 365km from Kununurra. Situated along the Great Northern Highway on the banks of the Fitzroy River, the town is in two parts, the new Fitzroy Crossing and the old Fitzroy Crossing.

It is approximately 2524 km from Perth and 400 km from Broome. The town is 114 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the vast floodplains of the Fitzroy River. The current population of the Fitzroy Crossing area is approximately 1200 people, most of whom are Aboriginal. 

Fitzroy Crossing is a great place from which to explore the surrounding Devonian Reef National Parks. There are various things to do around Fitzroy Crossing and a number of tours provided by Bungoolee Tours and Fitzroy Crossing Tours. You will also find the oldest pub in the Kimberley in Fitzroy Crossing, called the Crossing Inn.

The region is characterized by a semi-arid monsoonal climate, with marked Wet and Dry Seasons. Local Aboriginal people recognize more than these two seasons. The vegetation of the region features riverine eucalyptus woodlands, savannah grasslands (which are frequently burned during the Dry Season) and pockets of fire-sensitive flora in spectacular limestone ranges formed from an ancient coral reef system, 350 million years ago during the Devonian Period.

To the south of Fitzroy Crossing lies a vast region of springs and sand dunes, known to Europeans as the Great Sandy Desert. Many Mangkaja members have traditional connections to this region. The local Aboriginal people regularly use the natural resources of these areas, gathering freshwater crustacean, fish, native turkey, goanna and many varieties of plant food. 

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