The Kimberley Environment
In the Kimberley region, Faraway Bay is a leader in nature-based low-impact tourism.
Stringent regulations designed to maintain the integrity of the environment were applied during the development phase of Faraway Bay. And today, strict environmental care and sustainability continue to direct our day-to-day operations.
The camp itself is located on high conservation value land that has been recommended for future inclusion into the Western Australian conservation estate.
Wherever possible, Faraway Bay’s building infrastructure features local recycled materials or plantation-produced timber from the Kimberley. This not only ensures a strong historic connection with the local area, but also minimises our environmental footprint.
Our development involved minimal clearing of native vegetation, with only one building requiring site earthworks. Cabins are set among undisturbed natural vegetation connected by simple gravel tracks, with two natural walking tracks to the beaches. A single track connects the camp and airstrip.
We blend naturally into our surroundings – passing boats cannot see the camp at all!
Research & Support
We regularly host and consult with a range of environmental experts to monitor and preserve flora, fauna and significant sites in the area.
Scientific programs include archaeological, cultural, ethnobotanical and habitat research.
We contribute financially to these programs and your stay will help sponsor this important environmental work. Much of the research conducted in this harsh environment would not be possible without the support of Faraway Bay as a base for researchers.
Browse our comprehensive wildlife profile, with photos and descriptions of common plants, animals, birds and marine life. Our reference library catalogues wildlife, bush tucker and ancient rock art.
Mirriwong Elder and Aboriginal spokesperson for Faraway Bay, Ju Ju Wilson, contributes to the bush tucker species list and visits our camp to conduct tours. Our trained guides explore the region to assist with recording important scientific data, and regularly discover new ancient rock art and archaeological sites.
One of our guides identified 84 of the 140 species of birds for researchers. And in 2005, our team even discovered a live freshwater crustacean that is a species new to science!
Sustainability is Key
Here are just some of the ways we maintain sustainability in our day-to-day operations…
Sustainable Use of Resources
- Water is gravity-fed from a natural fresh spring. Small guest numbers protects overuse of this resource.
- We only provide showers and do not have over indulgent water wasting bath tubs.
- All landscaping is natural.
- Water is solar-heated for guest showers.
- Solar lights illuminate pathways.
- Office is mainly electronic and paperless – paper used is recycled.
- All firewood is derived from the airstrip clearing or from trees blown over in the off-season.
- Tins are crushed and stockpiled with other non-combustible rubbish for return to Wyndham.
Natural Environment Protection
- Small guest numbers, restricted access and use of guides minimises impact on habitat.
- Wildlife is observed from a distance and not followed or approached.
- Prior to the wet season, erosion control structures are placed on tracks to minimise erosion, and are later removed.
- Biodegradable products are disposed of in a trench and regularly covered with soil.
- Soaps and shampoo supplied to guests and washing powder are all biodegradable and locally-made.