A trip through Western Australia’s Kimberley region is a journey to some of the most remote, wild and beautiful places on earth, and one that will stay with you forever.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do in the Kimberley or find and book accommodation in the Kimberley today.
The central plateau that makes up the bulk of the Kimberley is packed with wild mountain ranges, escarpments and gorges that have developed over two billion years and harbour a wide range of habitats, as does the rugged and stunningly beautiful coastline. It’s a refuge for many flora and fauna species extinct or threatened elsewhere.
With no exaggeration, there is something for everyone in the Kimberley. From world class beaches to beautiful townships, the Kimberley is a rugged and beautiful pocket of Australia that should – and does – top every traveller’s must-see list.
Located on the Indian Ocean, Broome is a gateway to the Kimberley, and an Australian mecca for those seeking turquoise waters and white sand. Ride camels along the famous Cable Beach, which is beloved for its beautiful coast framed by ochre red cliffs. Get up close to Australia’s most impressive creatures at the Broome Crocodile Park, catch a film at the world’s oldest picture theatre, Sun Pictures Cinema, or view some stunning Broome pearls at pearl farms and pearl boutiques
Found in the north east section of the Kimberley, on the Northern Territory border, Kununurra is a treasure trove of natural and manmade wonders. Visit Lark Argyle, Australia’s largest artificial lake, and enjoy a cruise around its vast waters. Anglers will relish a trip to the Cambridge Gulf, which features some of the most scenic and exciting fishing opportunities in the country. There are also plenty of chances to admire traditional Aboriginal art, or try your hand at abseiling, canoeing or 4WDing.
Located in the Purnululu National Park, the iconic Bungle Bungle ranges are a maze of orange and black striped sandstone domes. Explore these monoliths via a scenic flight, or get in and amongst them with a hike or 4WD adventure that will lead you to ancient rock art, rare wildlife and tropical pools.
The Geikie Gorge National Park is a spectacular natural site, home to sheer white and grey walls and an abundance of wildlife. The gorge itself has been carved by the Fitzroy River, and is therefore best accessed via a boat tour.
Easily accessed from Broome or Derby, the Horizontal Waterfalls is a stunning natural phenomenon located in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Unlike their name suggests, these falls are actually a fast-moving tidal flow that reverses with each change of the tide. The Horizontal Waterfalls can only be visited in a plane or a boat, but there are plenty of tours from Broome, Dampier Peninsula or Derby in operation to make the trip easy.
In July, at the peak of the tourist season, day/night temperatures are around 32/16°C in Kununurra and a few degrees cooler in Broome.
The Kimberley is one of Western Australia’s nine regions.
The famous Gibb River Road through the heart of the Kimberley is about 700km in length, and the round trip to Kalumburu and the Mitchell Plateau adds another 750km to that. Allow at least a month to do it all justice. Fuel is available at El Questro, Mount Barnett, Imintji (diesel only), Drysdale and Kalumburu. PLease notes, car, motorhome and camper trailer hire are all available in the region.
Direct air services also operate from the east coast into Broome.
The best time to visit is during the dry season from late April, early May to early October or so.
If the Wet Season hasn’t been too heavy, May can be a good time with modest crowds, plenty of water in the creeks and waterfalls, many trees and shrubs in full bloom, and birds nesting.
The towns along the edges of the region have a wide range of accommodation options whether you are looking to camp or prefer onsite accommodation. Station stays, National Park wilderness safari tents are also available. For more accommodation options in and around the Kimberley click here.
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