Fitzroy Crossing is located on the banks of the Fitzroy River, some 2524 kilometres from Perth via the Great Northern Highway. It is situated in the heart of some of the best pastoral country in Australia, with other interests being mining and tourism. Like so many of the towns in the Kimberley, Fitzroy Crossing sprawls. Without an identifiable town centre, and with some kilometres seperating the new highway from the old river crossing, the town is more like a series of loosely connected small settlements than a single community.
The town has a population of about 1,448 people, is approximately 114m above sea level and is surrounded by the vast floodplains of the Fitzroy River. Soil type is a mix of ‘pindan’ or red brown sand clay and the productive ‘blacksoils’.
From May to October, days are warm and dry and nights cool whilst from December to March, in most years, tropical storms transform the surrounding countryside into a waving sea of green (temps approx 30°C – 45°C).
Health Services in Fitzroy Crossing include:
- Fitzroy Crossing Hospital
- Community Health (located at the hospital)
- Mental Health
- Allied Health
- Aged Care Hostel (managed by Nindilingarri Cultural Health Servcies)