Accommodation & Camping at the Historical Crossing Inn
Opening its doors in 1897, the Crossing Inn was the first established hotel and is the oldest in the entire Kimberley Region.
Originally, the river crossing was further down the Fitzroy River than where it is via the bridge on the Great Northern Highway today. Vehicles would take a dirt track down one side of the river, then if the water level was low enough, cross over a concrete structure and head back along the other side of the river. Either way that you were traveling, you’d have to go past the Crossing Inn.
The Crossing Inn has a bar that’s busy most days until the middle of the afternoon, on Friday nights in peak season, there’s a party! There’s also a restaurant that serves great food and a beer garden, but the season and weather will determine if it’s open.
There are several accommodation and camping options. None are on the luxury side, although some are certainly more luxurious than others.
Rooms range from nice river facing rooms with double beds or family rooms to workers huts and more affordable accommodation over the back.
There’s a small camping area with powered sites that are on well maintained, lush green grass below shady trees, then a few non-powered sites.
For something a bit more luxurious or if you’re looking for a pool, try the nearby Fitzroy River Lodge.
A small under cover camp kitchen can be foundon the river side of the camp ground where you’ll find some basic cooking equipment and can whip together a meal in the shade.
An amenity block with toilets and showers is available, they are a bit old but regularly cleaned and in working order. There’s also a coin laundry on the river side nd reception end of the camping area.
Getting to the Crossing Inn
From the middle of town, take a turn at the road next the the Coles Express and BP Petrol Station. If you’re coming from Broome, you’ll turn left just before that servo.
Follow the road as it curves around past IGA and after a short distance, you’ll see a big “Crossing Inn” sign, turn right and follow the road to the end where you’ll find the place.
If you’re coming from the east, just after you pass the Fitzroy River Lodge and cross over the Fitzroy River bridge, turn right down the dirt track and follow it for about 2 kms to the end.