Local legend has it that this Boab tree was used as a prison during a police patrol from Wyndham in the 1890’s. It was then named the “Hillgrove Lockup”, hence the engravings.
To get to this one you will definitely need a 4WD vehicle but worth the journey. In the season, small waterholes are suitable for a quick swim, you’ll find a couple of good barra fishing holes along the way and can enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade of the many boab trees along the way.
BOAB TREES – THE KIMBERLEY ICON
These majestic beauties start appearing from the Victoria River Region in the NT, right across the Kimberley region through to Broome and Derby.
This is the only place in the Australia you will see them, and each tree is unique in shape and size, giving it character and personality. Why not create a photo album of Boabs whilst on your road trip to share when you return home?
- Some Boabs are more than 1500 years old, among them some of the oldest living trees in the world!
- Used by First Australians for shelter, food and medicine
- Early settlers recognised them land marks, meeting points and even impromptu prisons (see the Boab Prison Tree near Wyndham)
- Today the nut and the Boab root are sold commercially.
- You can find Boab jams and chutneys at the local Kununurra Markets (held on Saturday mornings during April through to Sept)
- Carved Boab nuts are fast becoming a popular souvenir. These are often crafted by local Aboriginal people. Whist you can purchase these in some retail shops, you may be approached by the artist themselves on the streets. Reward them for their talents and buy directly.