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Explore The Kimberley

Updated on December 10, 2014

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

Natural Resources

Great spot for sexy photo's
Great spot for sexy photo's

Where the Kimberleys are

It is a long drive up there !
It is a long drive up there !

Exploring Geike Gorge

Great to see the wildlife !
Great to see the wildlife !

Some places to visit

Geike Gorge

cruise through this pictureque gorge, formed by the Fitzroy River, shows ancient coral reef (part of the same reef as at Windjana Gorge).

Halls Creek.

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.

Windjana Gorge

Tunnel Creek Cave on the way
Tunnel Creek Cave on the way
Windjana Gorge
Windjana Gorge
Meet the locals !
Meet the locals !

Mitchell Falls

Ideal for sexy photos under the waterfall!
Ideal for sexy photos under the waterfall!

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 !

Bungle Bungles

Alligator Airways

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 .

Watch out for us !

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.

Traveling on Gibb River Road !
Traveling on Gibb River Road !

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.

Visit Derby

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

Enough fuel

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

Looks like fun ! Fortunatly we have a 4 wheel drive
Looks like fun ! Fortunatly we have a 4 wheel drive

Explore the Gibb River Road !

Gibb River Road:
Gibb River Road, Western Australia, Australia

get directions

Adventure on Gibb River Road !

Time for a coffee !
Time for a coffee !
Lots of water to go through !
Lots of water to go through !


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for your comments Jewels . We have been to a lot of the places & especially loved Tunnel Creek Cave & Windjana Gorge . I have driven along part of Gibb River Road on my own .

      We will do more exploring of the area while here .

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      6 years ago

      The Fitzroy River is not along the Gibb River Road!!!

      Mt Hart along with 99% of the other stations offer employment opportunities and accommodation and tours.

      The road to the Mitchell Plataeu is very rocky, rough and slow, this comes off of the Kalumbaru Road. Have you been to these places?

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      6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thanks freecampingaussie, would love to take a look at those hubs too. Sharon

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      We are having a great time in the Kimberley exploring the waterfalls and other great sites here .My hub about Tunnel Creek Cave - Windjana Gorge + Where is Kununurra might be of interest to you!

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      6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Sounds like a great outback adventure. Some very good advice in your hub, especially about telling someone where you are going and making sure you check back in with them when you get there. I would love to explore the Kimberleys one day, but we would have to get a 4WD drive first. How is the planning going for your trip?


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