Old Warmun - Turkey Creek
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WARMUN - TURKEY CREEK

 

GPS 17 01 48 S 128 12 35 E

 

 

 

 

FIND ACCOMMODATION

 

Wyndham

Kununurra

Nearby Towns

Halls Creek

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

3016 Km

Population

297

Average Rainfall

1337.1mm

Mean Max Temp

35.1C

Mean Min Temp

20.3C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9167 8437

Fire and Rescue

Unknown

Medical

08 9168 7885

Visitor Centre

08 9168 6007

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Warmun Roadhouse

08 9168 7882

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Warmun Roadhouse

08 9168 7882

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Turkey Creek lies almost half way between Halls Creek and Kununurra. It doesn't offer a whole lot to the casual traveller but it is the closest settlement to the Bungle Bungle park entrance and there is a small swimming pool at the roadhouse/caravan park.

Sites in the caravan park are limited but surprisingly it is much more attractive than the one in Halls Creek.

Helicopter flights are available from here and this is the best way to take photographs from the air.

 

HISTORY

 

European settlement in the area dates from the late 1800s and a government operated ration depot was built at Turkey Creek in 1901. The depot was established due to the escalating violence between pastoralists and the traditional owners of the land as the stations began to force Aborigines off their traditional hunting grounds. Note: One source says that a traveller's inn and telegraph station were established in 1886.

The official establishment of the Aboriginal community only dates from 1977 and today it is recognised as one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the East Kimberley.

A school was established in 1979 which allowed local children to stay in town instead of having to board at Wyndham.

The school was upgraded from primary to include secondary students in 1990.

The Daiwul Gija Cultural Centre opened in June 1998 with the aim of preserving Aboriginal culture. In the same year the Warmun Art Centre began operating and today it is home to some of the most acclaimed Aboriginal artists.

The town was re-named Warmun as this is the local Aboriginal name for the area. A more correct spelling of the name is "Warrmarn" which more closely reflects the correct pronunciation.

A flash flood hit the town on the night of March 13, 2011 and many buildings were extensively damaged. A reconstruction project saw most of the town re-built but unfortunately a con-man (Craig Dale) later absconded with 3 million dollars of community funds.

During the flood it is estimated that Turkey Creek rose about 9 metres. Find out more about the flood by visiting THE WARRAMBANY OF WARMUN.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Bungle Bungle, Spring Creek, Art Centre

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Unknown

 

REVIEW

 

Helicopter flight over the Bungles - 1999

These flights were expensive when we went ($170 a head with a minimum of two passengers - max 3) but since we didn't want to drive in to see the area it was our only alternative. In 2018 the cost has risen to $425 per person.

We had never flown in a helicopter before and it was quite an exciting experience, at least it was for me, Belle got air sick.

The flight is VERY expensive and you only get to spend about 5 minutes flying over the bit you really want to see - the bee hive domes.

If we come back this way we will make the effort to hire a 4wd and drive in.

Reviewed: 1999

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Kimberley

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6740

Local Government : Shire of Halls Creek

 

PHOTOS

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