Connecting the eastern part of the Kimberley to the west along the Great Northern Highway, this vitally important piece of infrastructure was destroyed during the catastrophic flooding from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. The opening of the bridge allows visitors, the local community and freight industry – to drive the dream in the Kimberley.
Hopping on a direct flight to Broome from Perth and Darwin (year-round) and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (seasonal) will land you an easy four-and-a-half-hour drive from Fitzroy Crossing. Then it's an 18-kilometre drive to reach Geikie Gorge.
The cliffs of Geikie Gorge are part of a 350 million-year-old Devonian reef system, carved over thousands of years by the Fitzroy River. When in flood, it's one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of volume. Wildlife can be discovered on a a bushwalk along its banks or a cruise on its waters.
Fitzroy Crossing has many significant cultural sites, including the ancient rock art of the Gooniyandi who inhabited the nearby Mimbi Caves. Indigenous tours will lead you through the labyrinth of caves and Geikie Gorge, sharing stories, bush tucker and traditional medicines of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth.
To the north, you're also within reach of the Kimberley's stunning Windjana Gorge. Here you can marvel at the sheer 100 metres of walls carved over hundreds of millions of years. Continue on to Tunnel Creek and take a torch-lit walk through Western Australia's oldest cave system.
It's worth the short drive to the original town site and causeway crossing to visit the Crossing Inn or hook a barramundi from the Fitzroy River.
Motel-style and caravan park accommodation is available. Visit between May and October, and enjoy warm, dry days and cool evenings. From December to March, you're likely to see storms transform the surrounding landscape into a sea of green.