Nestled in the heart of the Kimberley, Mornington Station is a wildlife sanctuary and research centre that offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the region's natural wonders while also supporting important conservation efforts. Operated by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), the station spans over 3,000 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, home to a variety of rare and endangered species.
One of the highlights for us when visiting Mornington Station was the chance to meet with the AWC's team of scientists, who offered us a guided tour of the research facilities. This tour was both educational and engaging, particularly for our children who were interested in learning more about the region's wildlife.
One particularly noteworthy species that we encountered during our visit was the Gouldian Finch, a brightly coloured bird that is endemic to the region and is considered to be endangered. The AWC's research on this species has helped shed light on its unique behaviours and ecological requirements, which are critical for ensuring its long-term survival.
Aside from the research facilities, Mornington Station also offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy. We were lucky enough to experience kayaking down the stunning Sir John Gorge and Diamond Gorge, which provided incredible views of the surrounding landscape and an opportunity to spot some of the area's unique wildlife. The station also offers comfortable accommodations for overnight stays, with options ranging from tent camping to fully equipped cabins.