THE KIMBERLEY REGION IN THE NORTH OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ride a camel at sunset down Broome's Cable Beach and soar over the towers of the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
Cruise huge Lake Argyle and see tides taller than a building in the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Four wheel drive the Gibb River Road past gorges and mighty rivers, or follow the red-dirt
track from Broome to the remote Dampier Peninsula. Welcome to the Kimberley - a world of vast horizons,
ancient gorges, weird rock formations, welcoming rock pools and golden beaches.
CABLE BEACH, WA
Ride a camel along the white sand of Cable Beach, the place to watch a blazing sun sink into the
Indian Ocean. See 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints preserved in rock at Gantheaume Point.
Have a picnic dinner on Town Beach and watch the 'Staircase to the Moon', a spectacular, silvery
illusion created by a rising full moon reflecting off the tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. It's visible
for three nights a month between March and October. When night sinks over the natural attractions,
head to Broome's Outdoor Picture Garden for movies under the stars. Broome was once the centre of
the world's pearling industry, and today you can buy pearls, tour a pearl farm, visit a pearling
museum or see the headstones dedicated to some 900 Asian pearl divers.
1. Broome: beaches, pearls and dinosaur prints
2. KUNUNURRA: big waters, beehives and diamond mines
Take a scenic flight over the towering orange-and-black striped rocks of the Bungle Bungle
Range in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Or camp and explore them by four wheel
drive or foot. These fascinating geological landmarks rise up to 578 metres above sea level,
sheltering gorges, crystal-clear pools, fan palms, rich wildlife and living Aboriginal history.
Kununurra means 'big water' in the language of the traditional Aboriginal owners, and here you
can also cruise down vast Lake Argyle past freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, wetland birds and
dramatic cliffs. Or appreciate its 1,000 square kilometers of grandeur by air. Canoe Lake
Kununurra and swim in a deep waterhole under Black Rock Falls. Then visit the Argyle Diamond
Mine and see the rare pink diamonds extracted from this ancient rock each year.
Four wheel drive the red-dirt road from Broome to Cape Leveque, where you can stay in the
Aboriginal wilderness camp of Kooljaman. Sleep in safari-style or paper bark cabins, then
snorkel, reef walk and explore old mission ruins with a local Aboriginal family as your guide.
Camp at Middle Lagoon and charter a boat or go mud crabbing with a local guide from Lombadina.
Stay in the remote communities of Mudnunn, Chile Creek and La Djardarr Ba and visit Beagle Bay.
The Sacred Heart Church here was built by Pallotine monks and Aboriginal people in 1917, all the
way down to its mother-of-pearl shell altar.
3. Dampier Peninsula: beach beauty and Aboriginal history
See the sun set over the King Sound from Derby Wharf and fish from tides as tall as 12 metres.
Learn about Aboriginal leader and outlaw Jandamurra on the Pigeon Heritage Trail and discover
the art of the Mowanjum Aboriginal Community. Don't miss the 1,500-year-old Boab Prison Tree,
with its girth of more than 14 metres. From Derby, you can take a boat or fly to the islands
of Buccaneer Archipelago, home to South Sea Pearl farms and the famous Horizontal Waterfalls.
Take a scenic flight and see how massive tidal movements force the seawater ‘waterfall' through
a narrow gap in the cliff walls.
4. Derby and the Buccaneer Archipelago: islands, history and huge tides
GIBB RIVER ROAD
Four wheel drive the 660-kilometer Gibb River Road from Derby in the west to Kununurra in the
east, taking in Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and the mighty Pentecost, and Ord Rivers. Travel
into the remote Aboriginal community of Kalumburu, where you can stay; fish from the reef and
rivers and camp on the beach at Honeymoon Bay and McGowan Island. For a really rugged adventure,
discover the Aboriginal rock art and native vegetation of Mitchell River National Park. Trek
Mitchell Plateau and see the majestic Mitchell Falls – a series of four waterfalls - cascade
over layers of rock into a deep pool.
5. Gibb River Road and the Mitchell Plateau: gorges and great off-road adventure