Treat yourself to a wilderness holiday at the doorstep of nature's own retreat at Gnylmarung.
Let the ocean whisper its secrets to you and let the sun show you its splendour when both meet at dusk.
The sands of Gnylmarung then become radiant as the moon spreads its magic and stories are told over a pot of billy tea around a camp fire - this is magic!
We are located approximately 150 k's north of Broome, on the Middle Lagoon Road. The Gnylmarung community was established in 1995 and is situated 30 k0's off the main Cape Leveque Road on the western side of the Dampier Peninsula.
It is surrounded by lush green vegetation with white sands of the coast at your doorstep.
Experience the magic
The pristine turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean flow vibrantly into a secluded beach over looking the bay. Witness the rare beauty of an outback sunset, over the Indian Ocean, in this beautiful remote part of the Kimberley.
Would you like to spend a few days in a tranquil bush setting listening to the native birds? Perhaps you would like to do a bit of fishing or diving, from the beach or the reef where you might land a big Trevally, Spanish Flag, Perch, Mangrove Jack or Bluebone. Those who venture into deeper waters, might catch a Spanish Mackeral, Cobia, Sailfish, Coral Trout, North West Snapper or more.
Gnylmarung takes its name from an old station well located near the outstation, remnants of the stone tank and troughs remain today. Gnylmarung was founded in 1990 as part of the Homelands Movement.
Originally Gnylmarung was established as a horticultural training camp, to provide carpentry and building training, plus a garage workshop for the community. The community also hosted camps for childen.
Alphonse & Delma Cox
Alphonse & Delma manage the outstation and have lived here since 1997. They began operations as a tourism enterprise in 2009. They grew up in Beagle Bay, married at the historical Sacred Heart Church and in the late 1990's moved to Gnylmarung where they raised their seven children.
Alphonse & Delma are always willing to share their local knowledge, especially 'where the fish are biting' and if you are lucky enough, they might join you at your campfire for a singalong.
Sacred Heart Church
When the historical church altar needed restoration Alphonse & Delma and other local people scoured the beaches for the right shells, much of it coming from Gnylmarung's beach.
Even a certain type of hard nut used in the artwork was located in plentiful supply in a bower bird nest. Fine-point paintwork was touched up and restored to its former beauty.
The beautifully restored church is a popular tourist destination.
A little bit about the magic
At Gnylmarung we have over 20 sites, some with an ocean view, others are in shadier areas, and some are in secluded bushland. Wash-up sinks are provided at camp sites, along with good drinking water. Bush bbq's are provided but you must find your own firewood.
We have clean ablution blocks with solar showers. We also have a laundry with a washing machine. Fees are $5 per load.
Dogs are welcome, and generators can be used but only in designated areas at agreed reasonable times.
Our fees are comparable with most other eco camping grounds. $20 per person per night. No charge for children 15 years and under.
Gnylmarung is a 'low carbon footprint community' using solar power.
Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage is intermittent due to the remoteness of our community. Better reception is available nearby at Beagle Bay.
Gnylmarung has a free satellite phone to landline numbers anywhere in Australia.
When you arrive
You will notice a sign 'toot 3 times', please stop there and someone will come out to you. You will shown to your camping area and given a sheet of welcome instructions. We do ask that as soon as you set up your camp, you come to the house and register your details and make payment. We can accept EFTPOS, PayPal (through our website) or cash.
If you wish to extend your stay, please come to the house in the afternoon before departure to complete payment.
Respect of others
Aboriginal land is private land and permission is required to visit some areas. We ask that you respect the privacy of the people living in these communities. Road signs posted as “Local Access” are strictly for community residents only.
Our beach has excellent boat launching. Care is needed at low tide around the reef. You can leave your car and trailer on the beach while you are boating but make sure it doesn’t block access for others when the tide comes up, and that it is safe from the high tide.
Permission from the Traditional Owners to access some creeks in this area is required however Tappers Inlet is one of the creeks that is accessible to the public by boat (for crabbing/fishing etc).
Gnylmarung is located approximately 150 km's north of Broome, on the Middle Lagoon Road. Leaving Broome take the Cape Leveque Road, and just past Beagle Bay, turn left onto Middle Lagoon Road and travel approximately 30 km's, following the signs to "Gnylmarung".