Welcome to The Crossing Inn

The Crossing Inn is situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River and offers guests a range of accommodation options many with water views and others with garden vistas.

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About the Inn

The historic Crossing Inn sits on it's original site on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River, and is the oldest established hotel in The Kimberley region.

The Inn has seen a number of improvements over the years to cater for travellers with more significant needs than those of the weary prospectors and drovers of a hundred years ago, while maintaining the rustic, yesteryear feeling that people today want to enjoy.

The Crossing Inn has accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets, including motel rooms, all with scenic views of either the gardens or the river, an extensive caravan park and camping ground in a natural bush setting.

Crossing Inn is recognised by the Tourism Council of Western Australia as a Sustainable Tourism Accredited Business

The Crossing Inn is environmentally friendly, and semi self sustaining with it’s own bore water supply. Our water is safe to drink, and subjected to regular and rigorous health and safety inspections by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley.

Our water has high mineral and calcium content, and unfortunately, over time, marks and stain surfaces which come into constant contact with it. This means that our toilets and shower screens may not look as “pristine” as you would expect but, rest assured, they are cleaned daily.


History of the Inn

The Inn has welcomed travellers and locals since its establishment on 5th July 1897 by Jospeh Blythe. Originally a "shanty inn and trade store" that served prospectors, bullock team drivers, cattle drovers and locals, it has operated on the same site ever since... although floodwaters have meant continual rebuilding over the years.

Floodwaters through the bars at the Inn are measured by bricks up the wall, and in 1993 this was recorded at 9 bricks high.

The town is a major centre for indigenous Aboriginal people. The Crossing Inn supports many of the initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of the community. For example, inspired by the success of the High School winning the 2000 Olympic Art Competition, the Crossing Inn sponsored and challenged the local youth to do paintings for the outside walls of the 100 year old hotel. The results are amazing - outstanding in both artistic merit and their local content. So the wall of this popular and historic hotel are now a tourist attraction in their own right, and are a wonderful museum of local heritage, culture and art.