Fitzroy River Bridge reopens ahead of tourist high season

The new Fitzroy River Bridge has reopened in the remote Western Australia Kimberley region, six months ahead of schedule.

The Kimberley region was devastated by floods in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Ellie in early 2023, and the key arterial bridge partially collapsed along the Great Northern Highway, the only continuous sealed road connecting West Kimberley to East Kimberley.

The bridge also serves as a major link between Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The new two-lane Fitzroy River Bridge crosses Martuwarra River at Fitzroy Crossing and connects popular tourism hotspots Broome and Kununurra.

“Tourism WA is thrilled to hear this key transport link has been reopened well ahead of schedule and before the 2024 high season begins in the Kimberley,” says Tourism Western Australia managing director Carolyn Turnbull.

“We know many travellers explore the stunning Kimberley and surrounding regions between April and October each year. Having Fitzroy River Bridge completed and reopened will allow for more visitors to travel between Broome and East Kimberley.

“Kununurra is the gateway to so many of the region’s otherworldly attractions, including Mitchell Falls, Bungle Bungle Range and Lake Argyle.

“I’m pleased even more visitors will be able to freely access these iconic destinations next year.”

The new Fitzroy River Bridge is managed by Main Roads and has been funded by the Federal Government and Western Australian Government under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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