travelling along the Fitzroy river

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 14:01
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In early April we will be doing a trip , going west from Ballina on the East coast to Broome and then up the Gibb and beyond and I was wondering if there is anyone out there who might have some info of the route OFF the main road at Fitzroy crossing following the river to come out near Willare bridge. Where possible we prefer to bush camp so prefer places off the well beaten track.

I have been using the search function and seen some good blogs a but wondered if some one might have more knowledge of the route.

Thanks in anticipation.

Richard.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:01

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:01
The better camp area is about 20k before you get to the river. From Broome the T/O is to a sand quarry and you can see the track as it is almost straight ahead on the left.

A gate is not far in off the road, go through that and follow the track till you come to the sand piles along the river, plenty of camp sites to choose from.

Good Barra fishing at times, but watch out for crocs.

T/o Cords. 17o 40' 32.9" S, 123o 28' 47.2" E. The crossing there is called Langey Crossing and all you can still see the remains of the old bridge.
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 23:11

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 23:11
Hi Richard.

We've tried 3 times to get from Noonkenbah to the Crossing and totally failed. The first time we finished up east of FC via the near desert; the other two times we couldn't find our way thru the track maze east of Noonkenbah.

On making later enquiries, the helpful people at FC tourism were very confident that it was either Aboriginal business only or permissions would have to be got from pastoralists, which they said they weren't confident we'd get. I'll prob try again when I get some more time.

On the other hand, the tracks between Camballin to Noonkenbah are open and easy, and filled with POI's around the old Camballin project; the barrage at Fitzroy weir is not to be missed.

See image for a plot from Willare to NKB, and back nth to the hwy.



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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:16

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:16
Hi again Richard.

Have just been looking at the EO mapping - see image. Shows River Road going all the way to FC. Whether it actually exists is the Q. Worth a look tho.



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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:58

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:58
Hi Richard, you could try Ron Moon's book - The Kimberley, available here at Ex Oz. It has a detailed section on what you are asking about, pages 165 to 172.............. W
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard B (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 19:39

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 19:39
Thanks Warrie, I know of the book and I just needed reminding - will look at getting a copy.
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Reply By: Member - colin M - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 18:21

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 18:21
Hi Richard

Suggest get a copy of Birdit-Bradtke's Kimberley guide www.kimberleyaustralia.com
it was a real bible for our trip last year.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard B (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 19:42

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 19:42
Colin, I got a copy ages ago and have it amongst a whole lot of other reading to get through in prep for our trip.....there is a lot of info in it
Thanks for your reply.
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