Explore The Kimberley
Exploring the Kimberley
Have you been longing to set off and explore The Kimberley region at the top of Australia ?Do you want to lose yourself in nature - the you that is working for a boss you don't like maybe and need to find the you that is full of adventure !
The Kimberley is the ideal place to lose yourself while enjoying the natural resources and beauty of the top of Western Australia
We loved our time in the Kimberley and loved exploring the many waterfalls and waterholes on offer as well as seeing the varied wildlife there on boat trips as well as on land..
The Kimberley is located in the northern part of Western Australia, extending from Broome in the west to Kununurra and Lake Argyle in the east, from the sea to a bit south of the main Great Northern Highway
It is a large area, slightly larger than Japan and much larger than United Kingdom, New Zealand, or the Australian state of Victoria.So we won't see all of it in one go!
It is bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Timor Sea, the Great Sandy Desert, and the Northern Territory!
The Kimberley has only three towns with a population of more than 2,000 (Broome, Derby and Kununurra), and the total population is only around 25,000.
We are waiting for the wet season to finish as during the wet season (November through April), unsealed roads are often impassable, even for 4-wheel-drive vehicles, and sealed roads may be cut off by flood waters for a few hours to a few days. Many attractions and national parks are closed during the wet season.
As it may be a long way between service stations, we need to refuel whenever we can, check ahead to make sure fuel is available where we are going, and perhaps even carry extra fuel. We need to carry spare water, spare parts for our vehicle etc
Where the Kimberleys are
Exploring Geike Gorge
Some places to visit
cruise through this pictureque gorge, formed by the Fitzroy River, shows ancient coral reef (part of the same reef as at Windjana Gorge).
site of Western Australia's first gold rush in 1885; you can still pan for gold at Old Halls Creek. Kununurra
A modern business centre associated with the Ord River irrigation area and the Argyle diamond mine. Lake Argyle Formed by a dam on the Ord River
. Mitchell Falls Located 240 km of often rough 4-wheel-drive road from the Gibb River Road, this area (on the northern coast) has spectacular scenery, bushwalking and camping facilities.
Windjana Gorge The walls expose an ancient coral reef. You can walk through the gorge. We walked thru here and enjoyed seeing freshwater croccodiles close up !
Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Located 114 km south of the Great Northern Highway; turnoff is near Halls Creek.
Wyndham The Kimberley's original port, but not very active now. The town has some interesting historical buildings and a great lookout.
- Welcome - Main Roads Western Australia
Click on the "Touring WA" link; on the next page you'll find a link for traffic and road conditions, and links to info on roadside amenities and rest areas. Amenities and rest areas list shows toilets, shade, water, fireplaces, telephones
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
For an adventure of a lifetime check out what Horizontall Falls Seaplane Adventures have to offfer you either from Broome or Derby !
Experience the thrill as you whizz thru the Horizontal Falls well away from civilisation !
If you don't fancy driving to many of these beautiful places keep in mind there are flights you can take over the Bungle Bungles- Lake Argyle etc with Aligator Airways who do a great job of showing you the area .
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Kununurra Visitor Centre
If you are planning a trip to the Kimberleys then make sure you contact Kununurra Visitor Centre a great place to walk into and get information, help, advice, maps or brochures while you're in town.
They are also happy to help anyone contacting them in writing, by phone or via email so you can get the most out of your trip.
They will keep you informed when there are road closures to make your journey safer as well as swnd you an information pack on the area also advise you on great day trips for you to get the most out of the Kimberley on your visit.
Gibb River Road
We really enjoyed the drive along Gibb Road which was originally constructed in the late 1800's & Is over 660 kilometres.
Today "The Gibb" offers one of the last true outback drive adventures and is one of the true outback iconic drives so we will be taking plenty of photo's as we do this trip!
It has spectacular scenery with many gorges, waterfalls and rivers along its length including Windjana Gorge/Tunnel Creek, and the towering cliff faces of the Cockburn Ranges. Allow yourself time to explore at leisure, & enjoy hiking and a refreshing swim in cool pools beneath plunging waterfalls, be crocodile aware and only swim where it is safe to do so.Check for signs!
Camping is also possible for the more adventurous, however only in designated areas. When camping, please follow the safe travelling principals in order to protect and preserve the environment – and your own safety. Only swim where it is safe to do so, Look for the signs everywhere !
Only light fires in dedicated fire places , check to see if they are banned first. please ensure that all rubbish is brought out with you or placed in the appropriate bins.
Make sure you have plenty of supplies
If you are exploring this area make sure you have enough extra supplies
Tyre repair kit
Spare tyres & other spares for your 4 wheel drive
Maps for the area.
For a full list check with the tourist information centre.
Check the weather & details on road closures before you leave.
Tell someone where you are going & how long you plan to be on the trip.
Gibbs River Road
Explore the Gibb River Road !
Adventure on Gibb River Road !
- Horizontal Waterfalls Western Australia
Visit the Horizontal Waterfalls in the Kimberley Western Australia for an amazing time away from the ratrace ! Romantic overnight stay !
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