Breathtaking landscapes, uninhabited wilderness areas, laid-back towns and thrilling outdoor adventures draw visitors to the northernmost region of Western Australia.
Ride along the white sands near the crystalline waters of Cable Beach and see the incredible sandstone formations of the Bungle Bungles. Snorkel coral reefs and encounter the unique cultures of the Kimberley’s indigenous people. Purchase ocean-grown jewelry in the pearling port of Broome.
The Kimberley region’s main town is Broome, a historic pearling port located on a peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches. Find a secluded spot for swimming along the 14-mile-long (22-kilometer) Cable Beach. Enjoy the colors of sunset over the calm waters on a camel ride down the picturesque beach. On full moon evenings at nearby Roebuck Bay see the amazing effect of the reflection in the water known as the Staircase to the Moon.
Visit a pearl farm to see the culturing process. Sample Broome’s fusion cuisines, influenced by the Aboriginal, Japanese, Filipino and Malaysian people who worked together during the pearling booms of the 19th and 20th centuries. Take a boat trip off the coast to dive the fantastic coral reefs of Rowley Shoals Marine Park.
Ancient history abounds in the Kimberley region. Dampier Peninsula just north of Broome has authentic dinosaur footprints. Visit one of Australia’s oldest inhabited areas at Fitzroy Crossing to see the rock art of Geikie Gorge on tours led by indigenous guides.
Spend a few days discovering lakes, waterholes and waterfalls between Kununurra and Wyndham. Rock walls surround the Grotto’s deep waters. Wander along the creek and watch for local wildlife and indigenous art on the rock faces.
From Kununurra, take a scenic flight for an unforgettable aerial view over the sandstone domes known as the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Go four-wheel-driving amid the ancient black-and-red sandstone geology and camp in the bush beneath a night sky alive with stars.
Visit ancient indigenous rock art and take the walk to the Kimberley’s Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheater with incredible acoustics and sunlight streaming between the rock walls. Rainy season creates a sunlight-illuminated waterfall. Cool off with a swim in the pool below.