The mission of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The mission of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the effective conservation of all Australian animal species and the habitats in which they live".

In order to achieve this, the AWC has established a network of (about 23) sanctuaries that cover over 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) where practical, on-ground conservation programmes are implemented. These programmes include feral animal control, fire management and the translocation of endangered species. At the same time, scientific research is being conducted (with the cooperation of other organisations) to investigate the key threats to the native wildlife.

AWC is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Perth, WA.

These sanctuaries are in most states of Australia (except Tasmania) and the aim is that they act as a 'catalysts' for the broader landscape. This is done by working closely with neighbouring properties to promote conservation.

In 2003, two of our volunteers, Margaret and Nev Williams, visited one of the sanctuaries, Mornington Wilderness Camp'. The entrance is over 100 kms south of the Gibb River Road but is worth the trip as we consider it one of the highlights of the drive along the Gibb River Road. Many others feel the same and we understand that one has to make contact with the camp to make sure that there is room before driving the track from the Gibb River Road.

The Mornington Wilderness Camp covers an area more than 3,000 km² and contains spectacular gorges and tropical savannah while being dominated by the Fitzroy River and the King Leopold Ranges. (In fact it is very close to the township of Fitzroy Crossing [as the 'crow flies']).

When we visited there were basic camping available plus a reception centre where one could get cooked meals and drinks. This might have changed in recent years.

There are over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of wildlife at the Mornington Wilderness Camp and all proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are used to help conserve the wildlife in the Kimberley Ranges.

More information can be found at

Contact Belinda Mcnab
Phone 02 4921 5700