The Kimberley

The Kimberley in Western Australia’s far north, has an immense and complex landscape that encompasses spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems, pockets of lush rainforest, rugged and unforgiving outback and an astonishing variety of wildlife.

The unconstrained space, and wild and natural beauty of this region is unmatched and unforgettable. Despite its remoteness, the Kimberley is achieving a surge in popularity.

Located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the climate in the Kimberley is a tropical monsoon climate, defined by distinct wet and dry seasons.

Kimberley’s dry season is the perfect time to visit weather-wise, characterised by clear blue skies, easterly winds and balmy days with some chilly nights.

The chance of rain is very unlikely. Kimberley’s wet season however, is a very different story.

During the wet season, the Kimberley becomes hot and humid, sometimes violent, and very unpredictable.

The remote Kimberley region was one of the earliest settled parts of Australia, with the first arrivals landing about 40,000 years ago from the islands of what is now Indonesia. It’s home to hundreds of thousands of rock art paintings and drawings. These beautiful and mysterious paintings are hidden in outback bush galleries on the huge escarpments and terracotta rock surfaces of the north Kimberley.

Cosmopolitan Broome is the coastal gateway to the Kimberley.

Take a camel ride along the picturesque Cable Beach at sunset, watch a movie in Australia’s oldest operating outdoor cinema at Sun Pictures or learn about Broome’s fascinating history as a major pearling town with a visit to a pearl farm or the Pearl Lugger’s Museum.

Travel along the Gibb River Road – a 660-kilometre long outback highway that stretches between Broome and Kununurra, through the heart of the Kimberley.

Explore Tunnel Creek, a cave system carved through the Napier Ranges – said to be over 350 million years old, or geological wonder, Windjana Gorge.

Explore the Kimberley’s picturesque gorges, where you can swim in refreshingly cool waterholes, dip below cascading waterfalls or just sit back and admire the serenity.

Geikie Gorge and the stunning Cathedral Gorge, near the world-famous Bungle Bungles, are popular ones.

Mitchell Falls are culturally and spiritually significant for the Wunambal people – a helicopter flight over the spectacular falls is a memorable way to experience them.

Horizontal Falls are a natural phenomenon, made up of massive tidal movements. Because of its size and isolation, the best way to experience this immense region is on a tour.

Premium touring options offered by APT include stays in luxurious wilderness camps and lodges, stations, hotels and resorts.

For more information on how to discover the Kimberley, contact Phil Hoffmann Travel, Barossa Valley, phone 8562 3411 or visit our website here

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Adam Hunt from Phil Hoffmann Travel Barossa Valley

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