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Your 2022 Guide to the Kimberley’s

December 8, 2021
Guide to the Kimberley's

Keen to explore Western Australia’s Kimberley Region but don’t know where to start? Kimberley Tours has you covered with our Guide to the Kimberley’s. Learn about the white sands of Broome’s Cable Beach and the natural wonder of the Bungle Bungle range. Our guide to the Kimberley will introduce you to all the top destinations and activities Western Australia’s crown jewel has to offer.

Broome

A sunset over Cable Beach, Broome for the Guide to the Kimberley's

Broome is the picture of Australian leisure, boasting glorious, multi-coloured sunsets and top-notch dining along the iconic Cable Beach. Whether you’re looking for a mellow spot to kick start your journey or wind down from a tour recently completed, Broome is an essential stop for any Western Australian adventure itinerary. From Broome, you can take the Great Northern Highway or head further inland along the Gibb River Road. While you’re there, why not explore Broome’s maritime roots with a Pearl Farm Tour, or take a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach? Tag along on one of our tours, and you’ll be treated with a stay at the Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you can relax and meet your fellow travellers.

Windjana Gorge

A scenic drive East from Broome along the Gibb River Road leads to the Bandilngan National Park, home of the Windjana Gorge. Descend into this geological marvel for an incredible hike that showcases Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Fossils of ancient marine life are embedded in the gorge walls, making for an otherworldly and unforgettable encounter with the past. The five-day Kimberley Express Tour is perfect for Broome beginners. The complete experience includes a guided tour through Windjana Gorge, taking you along the Gibb River Road and to the next natural wonder.

Tunnel Creek

Right beside Windjana Gorge, you’ll find Tunnel Creek National Park, also known as Dimalurru. An oasis of limestone-rich water, perfect for cooling off after a hike or long drive. Visitors are invited to venture through the tunnel system along the creek and experience the sprawling Aboriginal rock art lining the walls. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a freshwater crocodile or one of five rare bat species resting around the creek. Also, be sure to check out Jandamarra’s Hideout, where the Aboriginal warrior fought his last stand by the cave entrance.

Horizontal Falls

Only one thing rivals the Kimberley’s in-land attractions: its coastline, where the Indian Ocean feeds into the land through rocky estuaries. From Broome, you’ll find sky and sea transportation taking you to the Horizontal Falls enclosing Talbot Bay. A unique natural wonder where raging tides burst forth from between rocky outcrops in a spectacular show. You’re invited to check out the Wonders of the Kimberley Tour for the best view of this popular spectacle, including a scenic flight over the falls and an opportunity to return and view the rapids up-close on a speedboat.

Bell Gorge

Continue along the Gibb River Road to find the stunning waterfalls of Dalmanyi, also known as Bell Gorge. The gorge is perhaps the best waterhole in the region for a cooling swim. Check out the Bell Gorge Encounter Tour to experience Bell and Windjana up close, including a stay at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Did we mention Bell Gorge’s tiered waterfalls? The Kimberley boasts two of these unique formations, much like our next destination.

Mitchell Falls

Keep heading North from Horizontal Falls, and you’ll encounter Mitchell Falls. This three-tiered waterfall flows into two basins before cascading into the Indian Ocean. Indigenous guides often accompany tours here and provide insight into the area’s deep traditional significance and rock art. Kimberley Tour’s popular Horizontal Falls Tour lets you experience the wondrous connection between Western Australia’s land and water, taking you on a round trip from Broome to Kununurra, visiting all the main lakes and creeks and waterfalls in between. But be quick! Spots are limited.

Kununurra

Nestled in the Kimberley’s Top End, staying at Kununurra places you 20km from the Northern Territory border. Perfect for a full day trip, the town’s cultural flair shines through its many galleries showcasing various Aboriginal art. At Kununurra, you’re among some of Western Australia’s greatest geological wonders, with Purnululu National Park to the south and El Questro Wilderness Park to the West. Or, head North to the Ord River for wildlife watching and a cruise along the Top End in style.

Bungle Bungle Range

Aerial perspective of Bungle Bungle Range

Beehive-shaped stone formations called Bungle Bungles appears along the trails of World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Take a scenic flight by helicopter to experience the full effect of these unique structures and their natural patterns. Afterwards, watch the sunset over Bungle Bungle Range, illuminating their orange brilliance and throwing deep shadows over the landscape as you sip and dine in the ambience of Western Australia’s natural glory. 

El Questro Wilderness Park

Sprawling over 700,000 acres, El Questro Wilderness Park is the prime full-day trip destination. The wilderness park features varied terrain, including salt flats, waterfalls, baobab trees and the Pentecost River. Unwind your muscles in the Zebedee Hot Springs before exploring The Station, a fully-functioning cattle farm where you can camp beneath the stars. If the great indoors are more your style, you can settle down at the Emma Gorge Resort‘s intimate cabins instead— great for twin-share travellers. Access El Questro via the Gibb River Road or Kununurra nearby.

Lake Argyle

Aerial perspective. Top down view of islands in Lake Argyle

The freshwater basin of Lake Argyle sits between Purnululu National Park and Kununurra. An in-flow from the Ord River feeds the vast lake, making the spot a dream for anglers looking to catch some delicious Rainbow Trout. Swimmers and rowers will find plenty of space to explore at their leisure, with kayaks and canoes for hire onshore.

Adele Island

If you’re looking to check out more of the Kimberley’s coastline, you’ll have to stop by Adele Island. Travel further out to sea from Horizontal Falls and the Buccaneer Archipelago near Derby, and you’ll find Adele Island, teeming with marine life and pristine coral reefs. Then, book the Grand Kimberley Coast Tour and experience unique, hard-to-reach islands, including Jar Island and Bigge Island, aboard a Zodiac boat.

Geikie Gorge

A hiker’s delight. North-East from Fitzroy Crossing, you’ll find this unique, water-carved gorge. The Fitzroy River splits the land here and makes for a unique ecosystem perfect for wildlife watching. You can book a cultural boat tour with a Bunuba river guide to learn about the area’s cultural significance or remain on-land and walk some of the best bush trails Western Australia has to offer. 

Halls Creek

The Quartz China Wall at Halls Creek

If you’re travelling up the Great Northern Highway from Fitzroy Crossing you’ll encounter lots of cozy small towns, including this hidden gem. Halls Creek is bordered by the China Wall, a natural quartz formation that must be seen to be believed. Driving the highways of the Kimberley’s is a treat, with unique landmarks dotting the gorgeous, sprawling outback.

We hope this guide helps you plan your Kimberley adventure. Book now to secure your spot on our tours for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Also, check the fitness requirements and additional information for your tour at kimberleystours.com.au. See you at the Kimberley!