The Mitchell Plateau & Kalumburu
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Description of the Mitchell Plateau
The Mitchell Plateau area is a completely unique biological entity within the context of the Northern Australian savannah woodlands. This region of the Kimberley has some of the most spectacular waterfalls, scenery and rock art galleries in Australia, including; The King Edward River rock art Galleries, Walsh Point, Port Warrender, and Admiralty Gulf Lookout, Surveyor’s Pool, Mitchell Falls, King Edward River,Little Mertens Falls & Big Merten's Falls.
The Plateau is accessible via the Kalumburu road, which connects with the Gibb River Road. The turn-off for the Kulumburu road is located 411km from Derby or 294km from Kununurra, along the Gibb River Road. If you can't make the drive up The Plateau, you can do a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls from Drysdale Station, or Kununurra.
All the information on this website about The Plateau, has been written and supplied by Chris Brown or 'Brownie' (Founder of The Mitchell Plateau Association & community worker for Kandiwal Aboriginal Community). Brownie has shared his knowledge of the country he loves and lives in, to help us all truly appreciate & understand the significance of this magical land.
The Plateau comprises the only occurrence of its kind of vast ancient palm forests (400 sq. kms. plus) to be found anywhere in Australasia. The ‘Livistona Eastonii’ palms are believed to be the last remnant population of the ‘original’ founding Livistona palm species and their density means that their status is akin to rainforest in carbon sequestration terms; making this region a vitally important global biological resource. There are no other palm forests of this kind anywhere else. The vegetation throughout this region also consists of grey box, wollybutt, bloodwood, minirichi, and stringy bark trees. Grevillia and acacia bushes are also very prominent here. Off the edges of The Plateau are the largest concentrations of the unique Kimberley rainforest vine thickets in the Kimberley.
Further down the slopes from The Plateau to the east are extensive mangrove systems, hugely important to the fisheries of the north coast. The region is the only place left in Australia (and one of very few in the world) with no recorded extinctions of any flora or fauna. There are many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna found only in the Mitchell Plateau region.The Golden Bandicoot’s only known remaining colony in the north is found at the “Lone Dingo Mine” vicinity, one of the richest bauxite pockets in the area. There is a long list of plants recorded only in this region (found nowhere else in the world)including at least 2 species of completely unique Pandanus sp.