With all off roaders seemingly headed toward either the Cape or the Kimberley this winter, we’ll let you in on a little secret- a lesser-known gorge located on private property. Aptly named Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge, it has a rich pastoral history, cliffs and Mt Matthew Gorge – enough to keep you busy for a few days. Originally a working cattle station, the campground is located one kilometre from the Homestead, grassy campsites, and on the banks of the Barker River.
Do some rock climbing over the black stones and cliffs of the gorge and settle in for a swim at one of several deep, clear water holes after a short hike. You may be lucky enough to be the only people there on the day of your visit, so enjoy the peace and serenity deep in Kimberley country. Across from the Homestead, take a drive up to Sunset Hill, take your wine and beer, some nibblies and sit back to watch the sinking sun in a true Outback setting.
This area is prone to drought, and the Homestead has had several owners, with some interesting history. Part of the original Homestead remains, and it has been abandoned several times. It is a fair drive off Gibb River Road, but certainly worth camping for a few nights, sitting around your campfire and exploring the area. If remoteness appeals to you, then visit Mt Hart and be impressed.