Mitchell River National Park is one of the Kimberley's two newest
national parks. The park of 115,300 hectares lies in a remote part of
the Kimberley in the far north of Western Australia. The Mitchell
River, flowing northwards, drains into Walmsley Bay and Admiralty Gulf,
carving gorges and waterfalls into the underlying sandstone,
particularly along the margins of the Mitchell Plateau. The fan palm is
a conspicuous feature of the vegetation of some parts of the plateau,
an elevated laterite-capped plain. This is one of the few places in WA
where palms are such a dominant feature.
Mitchell Falls and Surveyors Pool are the park's two main
attractions. The track to Mitchell Falls ends at Mertens Creek. From
here a walk of about one hour (round trip) takes you to Little Merten
Falls and allows time to explore and swim. Allow four to six hours
round trip to Mitchell Falls so that time can be spent at the Falls.
The walk to the falls is over rough country.
The Mitchell River National Park abuts the northern boundary of the
Prince Regent Nature Reserve, effectively creating a continuous
conservation reserve of three quarters of a million hectares.