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