Kimberley Australia

Kimberley Australia is one of the country's last frontiers. 

The Kimberley region in the northern Western Australia is one of the hottest and wildest places on this continent.


There are more remote places in the outback Western Australia, but they are not travel destinations. Kimberley is one of the most remote travel destinations in this country, what we call one of Australia's last frontiers. And it is big enough, that if you want to discover it properly, is a destination on its own - it's hard to squeeze another area into the same holidays.
Boab Tree and Cockburn Ranges, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
Boab tree. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy


Great ways to discover the region while saving time and money:

TRIPS TO CAPE LEVEQUE

TRIPS TO GEIKIE GORGE

TRIPS TO WINDJANA GORGE

TRIPS TO GEIKIE AND WINDJANA


Western Kimberley Australia

In the western end of the Kimberley, there is only one road from Broome to Cape Leveque, and there is only one road from Broome to Derby.

Rock Formations and Dunes, Ridell Beach, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
Broome Australia. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Great ways to discover Broome:

BROOME SIGHTSEEING PASS

BROOME HALF DAY TOUR INCLUDING THE FAMOUS CABLE BEACH CAMEL RIDE!










Broome
The biggest town in the area is Broome. It is a beautiful town with its red soils and bright blue ocean waters, its world-famous Cable Beach, pearling history and modern pearl farms, Chinese and Japanese Cemeteries, the world’s oldest operating outdoor cinema, and the 'Staircase to the Moon' phenomenon on the Town Beach between March and October. A great way to discover it all is by using the Broome Sightseeing Pass.

Some of the popular places to stay are Cable Beach Club Resort and Beaches of Broome Backpackers, but there are others.

Graves and Tombstones in a Japanese Cemetery, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
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Around Broome 
South of Broome is the Broome Bird Observatory and some good birdwatching, bush walking tracks and a camping ground. Broome's Cable Beach is a world famous beach and it's beautiful.

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The most popular way to experience it is to take a sunset or sunrise camel ride along the beach. Other things you can do are taking trips to Cape Leveque, Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge, or both Geikie and Windjana.

Camel Trail Tour on Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
Cable Beach Broome. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Cape Leveque
North of Broome is Willie Creek Pearl Farm, and further north is Cape Leveque with some stunning coastline.

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If you don’t want to drive here yourself, you can join a tour. There is a shop and a camping ground, and it's an absolutely beautiful place.

Cap Leveque, Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Easy way to experience this beautiful place:

TRIPS TO CAPE LEVEQUE














Derby
The road east - the long Great Northern Highway is the main road through the Kimberley region. About 200km east of Broome, there is the turnoff to Derby where there is the famous Boab Prison Tree, a boab tree so big that it was used as a prison, mainly for Aboriginal People. Derby is also the oldest town in the area, and if you stay over the night, the places to stay are Derby Lodge, King Sound Resort Hotel or Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge.

Old Hollow Boab Tree, Outside Derby, Western Australia, Australia
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Southern Kimberley Australia

After Derby, there are two roads going east. The northern one is Gibb River Road and the southern one is the Great Northern Highway that goes through Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, and Warmun near the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park.

An Aerial View of a Meteor Impact Crater Near the Town of Halls Creek
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Fitzroy Crossing
Fitzroy Crossing is a small township with a supermarket and a visitor centre, and you can stay at Fitzroy River Lodge. But best than anything, Fitzroy Crossing is also the gateway to the beautiful Geikie Gorge.

Cliffs of Geike Gorge, Near Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia
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Halls Creek
Further east along the Great Northern Highway is Halls Creek, where there is a turnoff south to Old Halls Creek and China Wall, an interesting place if you are into geology, with a six metre quartz vein that extends for 16km. In Halls Creek, you can stay at the Best Western Motel or Kimberley Hotel.

Natural Rock Formations of Bungle Bungles and Dirt Road Leading to It, Purnululu NP, Australia
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Easy way to experience Geikie and Windjana:

TRIPS TO GEIKIE

TRIPS TO WINDJANA

TRIPS TO BOTH











Purnululu National Park -
Bungle Bungles
Further east along the Great Northern Highway is the turnoff to Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park – one of the greatest national parks in Australia, but so remote it was only discovered by Europeans in the 1980s. It is an amazing eroded sandstone range with beautiful gorges such as Picaninny, and chasms as Echidna Chasm. It’s a great place to bushwalk and watch the rich wildlife including 130 species of birds. But it takes a bit of driving in, so if you haven’t got the time, you can take a scenic flight, I tried it and it was great!

Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungle, Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Warmun
North of the turnoff on the Great Northern Highway is Warmun - a small community with a roadhouse where you can get fuel and eat an emu, camel or crocodile burger.

Walkers at the Domes, Bungle Bungle, Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, Australia
Bungle Bungles. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy


Great way to get an awesome glimpse of Purnululu:

BUNGLE BUNGLE AND LAKE ARGYLE SCENIC FLIGHTS



Central Kimberley Australia

Back in Derby, the northern road going east is the Gibb River Road - the heart and the fun of the Kimberley Australia! You will pass the turnoffs to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, Mt Hart Homestead, Lennard Gorge, Bell Gorge, Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary and Charnley River, Beverley Springs Homestead, Mt Barnett Roadhouse, Manning Gorge, Barnett River Gorge, Mt Elizabeth Station and Gibb River Homestead before you come to the turnoff to Kalumburu Road (described below). After the turnoff the Gibb River Road continues past Campbell Creek, Ellenbrae Station, Home Valley Homestead, the turnoff to El Questro and Diggers Rests Station to its eastern end where it joins the Wyndham Road and the Great Northern Highway.

Gum Trees Beside Hann River, Central Gibb River Road, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Gibb River. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek
In the western end of the Gibb River Road is the turnoff to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, which are much visited and easily accessible as they are also reachable from the Great Northern Highway. Both have impressive geology, Tunnel Creek even more so, and Windjana has freshwater crocodiles.

King Leopold Range Conservation Park and Bell Gorge
Further west is the King Leopold Range Conservation Park that contains Bell Gorge with its beautiful waterfalls and rock pool perfect for a cool dip. It is consequently also very popular with swimmers and picknickers.

Heron on Central Rocks, Bell Creek Gorge, Below Main Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Bell Gorge. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Galvans Gorge
The next easily accessible gorge west is Galvans. It's small, but has a rock pool and a waterfall, and a very nice place to stop for a swim. It is consequently also popular.

Manning Gorge and Barnett River Gorge
Further west are Manning and Barnett River Gorges - both beautiful, and there is also a free camping ground.

Mitchell Falls in Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Northern Kimberley Australia

Right after Barnett River Gorge on the Gibb River Road is Kalumburu Road, which goes up north to King Edward River, Prince Regent Nature Reserve and the gorgeous Mitchell Falls in Mitchell River National Park. About one fourth into the road is Drysdale River Station with accommodation and supplies. And futher north is the left hand turnoff to Mitchell Plateau with the beautiful Mitchell Falls.

Kalumburu Road, Kimberley, Australia
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Mitchell Falls
Mitchell Falls are some of the most beautiful and most remote waterfalls in Australia. They are reached by a four wheel drive track and a bushwalk from the closest camping site. The area is great to discover and worth at least a few days of your time. If you have the time, it's worth driving all the way up here instead of just driving past the turnoff on the Gibb River Road.

Complete View of All Four Stages of the Mitchell Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Eastern Kimberley Australia

In the eastern end of the Gibb River Road is El Questro, and further east are Wyndham, Kununurra and Lake Agryle.

El Questro Gorge, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Kimberley Australia - El Questro
El Questro is a huge piece of land with a lot of natural beauty, waterfalls and wildlife, as well as the most luxury restaurants and top-class accommodation that you will ever find in the Kimberleys. Like Yulara at the Ayers Rock, it is internationally renown and it is for those people who want to experience wilderness combined with luxury. But if you want to camp it also does have camping sites.

Aerial View of River and Mud Flats, Wyndham, Australia
Near Wyndham. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Kimberley Australia - Wyndham
Wyndham in the Cambridge Gulf is the north-westernmost town in the Kimberley. The Big Crocodile statue at the town entrance speaks for itself – Wyndham is on the coast and obviously crocodile country. There is the Five Rivers Lookout where you have good views of the area; and the Grotto Waterfall 35km southeast of the town.

Dunham River, Kununurra, Western Australia
Near Kununurra. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Kimberley Australia - Kununurra
In the eastern end of the Kimberley Australia is Kununurra - the second largest town after Broome. Here you have the Kununurra visitor centre, Lake Kununurra popular with picnickers and boaters, and Waringarri Arts where you can buy Aboriginal art and learn about the history of Kununurra. Just outside the town is the small Mirima National Park with two short walks to beautiful gorges.


Places to stay in Kununurra include All Seasons Hotel, East Kimberley Tours Cabins, Faraway Bay Cabins, Hidden Valley Caravan Park, Home Valley Station, Hotel Kununurra, Kununurra Country Club Resort, Lakeside Resort and The Kimberley Grande Resort.

Lake Kununurra, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
Kununurra Lake. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Kimberley Australia - Lake Argyle
Seventy kilometres south of Kununurra is Lake Argyle – Australia’s largest body of fresh water, which actually is a man-made lake. It has beautiful deep-blue water with red rocks surrounding it.

Small Part of Lake Argyll, from Near Ord River Dam, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Kimberley Australia Tours

If you don't want to drive yourself and think a tour in the Kimberley is a good idea, there is plenty of choice. There are tours to Cape Leveque, Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge and both Geikie and Windjana; as well as Bungle Bungle and Lake Argyle flights.

Helicopter on Sand at Bullo River Station, Near Kununurra, Northern Territory, Australia
Purnululu helicopter tour. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Here's a map of Kimberley Australia, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

 
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