WYNDHAM

Wyndham is the most northern town in Western Australia. Remote is also an apt assessment. Wyndham is in three bits. The airport sector, the cbd sector and the port end. The port end is the ‘action’ end of town; the port itself, crocodile farm and pub being the catalyst.

The town of Wyndham was established by John Forrest in 1885 as the major port and trading station of the East Kimberley, after finds of gold in Halls Creek a year earlier. By 1886, the town was booming. There were six pubs, one of which was a two-storey building. Ships brought in at least five thousand miners who headed off to the Halls Creek goldfields. It is known that during this boom there were times when up to 16 vessels were moored in Cambridge Gulf.

During World War II, the town was attacked several times by Japanese aircraft.

Wyndham's significance as a service centre was also reduced by the construction of the town of Kununurra in the early 1960s.

Any visitor to Wyndham must venture to the Five River Lookout. The view gives a great perspective on Wyndham and the surrounding district.

Wyndham touts itself as a crocodile town, but the 2000 year old Bohab is worth hunting down; this is a huge tree. The biggest by far encountered by Bustout thus far in our travels in OZ.

The Wyndham Hotel also has some interesting artifacts. Be sure to visit and enjoy first rate value cuisine and also to view the Alan Bond 1983 cartoon celebrating the Americas Cup win of that year.

We have assumed the War Memorial is the Memorial Hall.

The churches are humble structures.

The film Australia was produced nearby at the Quattro Station, so Wyndham is on the map.

Wyndham is an interesting locality. Should your visit be concurrent with a ‘homestead stay’ and the weather not to hot an overnighter is recommended

Heritage diary

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course