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Rowley Shoals, Broome, Western Australia

Rowley Shoals

Rowley Shoals, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9023966 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

The fishing, snorkelling and diving are out of this world at the remote and pristine Rowley Shoals Islands north of Broome. The islands are part of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park which sits on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. Shallow lagoons harbour colourful coral, abundant marine life and even a ship wreck. Take a dive here and you’ll see untouched coral gardens, giant clams and other shellfish. Rowley Shoals Islands are home to an incredible 233 species of coral making it one of the best dive sites in Australia. Even more amazing is the huge number of fish – 688 species in all. Giant potato cod and maori wrasse sometimes follow divers around, while trevally, mackerel and tuna hover in schools. Throw in a line here and there’ll be no stories about the one that got away! Many species are protected so catch and release programs are enforced. The boat trip to the Rowley Shoals takes around 12 hours from Broome. Boat charter trips of two days or longer regularly visit the area between September to December when conditions are at their best.

Broome Historical Society Museum, Broome, Western Australia

Broome Historical Society Museum

Lot 271 Saville Street, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9009874 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

Broome Historical Society Museum offers an insightful look into Broome’s diverse cultural history. Take a walk through the charming 1890s former general store, which is now the town’s museum. Check out the well presented visual displays, photographs and artefacts to learn all about the history of Broome. Find out about the town’s interesting pearling history which has developed into a world class export industry today. Learn about the terrifying Japanese attacks on Broome during World War II and the impact it had on the local residents and allies who had taken refuge there. You will be intrigued by the tales of shipwrecks and missing diamonds which takes you on a journey of discovery into the development of a culture that has melded from a diversity of origins. Examine Aboriginal artefacts and memorabilia from the area and discover how the town of Broome became the first truly multicultural district in Australia. Regarded as one of the best regional museums in Australia, it is located in the town centre of Broome which is a two and a half hour flight north of Perth. Check opening hours prior to visiting.

Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National Park, Halls Creek, Western Australia

Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National Park

Piccaninny Creek Carpark, Purnululu National Park, Halls Creek, Western Australia, 6770
Website: www.trailswa.com.au
9133012 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 7300
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 7326

The moderate four kilometre return Cathedral Gorge walk trail is located in Cathedral Gorge, an astonishing geological formation with amazing acoustics, located within the ranges of Purnululu National Park or the Bungle Bungle Ranges. The Top Trail features unusual bee hive striped formations and deep gorges, making it one of the most fascinating geological landmarks and one of two World Heritage sites in Western Australia. To enter the Bungles requires a two to three hour, 52 kilometres, four wheel drive journey or a flight in by helicopter or small plane. The Bungles are a hub of walks including Mini Palms, Echidna Chasm, Piccaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge (including Beehives walk). From Piccaninny car park, the walk winds its way through the iconic bee hives, heading down between two walls of rock before opening up into Cathedral Gorge. Water pounding through here in the wet season has created a huge amphitheatre of red rock with a pool of water in the middle (bring a wide angle lens for your camera). The acoustics are so good that music has been played within the gorge. On the return journey to the car park be sure to take the alternative route through the beehives.

Sir John Gorge, Derby, Western Australia

Sir John Gorge

Off Mornington Road, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: www.derbytourism.com.au
9009876 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

Deviate off the Gibb River Road to visit the magnificent Sir John Gorge on the Fitzroy River. You will be amazed by the spectacular ochre cliffs and their almost mystical reflection of light across the tranquil water at sunset. Hire a canoe, take a swim in the refreshing fresh water or just relax and enjoy the pristine scenery. Birdwatchers and photographers will enjoy the abundance of wildlife. With some 170 species of birds and a landscape which reflects life prior to human intervention, your visit will be a truly memorable experience. Pack a picnic or some sunset refreshments to make the most of your visit. Take a self-guided walk or join one of the excellent escorted tours to this amazing remote location. If it is within your budget, take the opportunity to see the gorge from above on a scenic flight or helicopter tour. Sir John Gorge is a seven hour drive from Broome or eight hours from Kununurra. You will need a four wheel drive to get to the gorge.

Pigeon Heritage Trail, Derby, Western Australia

Pigeon Heritage Trail

Derby Gibb River Road, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: www.derbytourism.com.au
9009799 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

Discover the intriguing story of the legendary Aboriginal tracker and outlaw, known as Pigeon, on the self guided Pigeon Heritage Trail. The trail starts in the North West town of Derby, and visits a number of sites that held significance in Pigeon’s life. Visit the Pioneer Cemetery to see the gravestone of Constable Richardson, whom Pigeon murdered thereby creating his outlaw status. See the Old Derby Gaol and Boab Prison Tree where the local Aboriginal people were incarcerated. Allow three to four hours to explore the sites on this section of the trail. The second section of the heritage trail starts at Windjana Gorge, a two hour drive from Derby. It includes stops at the Lillimilura Police Station where the mutiny began and spectacular Tunnel Creek where the chase for Pigeon ended three years later. Stop in at the Derby Visitors Centre and collect a booklet about the Pigeon Heritage Trail and read up on the story of Pigeon before commencing your tour. The town of Derby is just over two hours drive east of Broome which is a two and a half hour flight from Perth.

The Courthouse Broome, Broome, Western Australia

The Courthouse Broome

38 Hamersley Street, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9009885 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

Check out the distinctive Broome style architecture and soak up the laid back tropical ambiance of the historic Broome Courthouse. Enjoy a picnic under the beautiful old trees and admire the well kept gardens. It was once a Cable Station which served the telephone cable from Broome to Perth and northwards through a submarine cable to Banji Wangi in the Dutch East Indies. Venture down to the Courthouse Markets every Saturday morning (and Sundays during the peak season) to view unique local art, stunning jewellery, and an eclectic range of souvenirs. Sample the fusion of Broome’s multicultural cuisine with delights such as frozen mangos, Thai fish cakes, fresh coffee and curries. Just a short stroll from China Town in the heart of Broome, a visit to the old courthouse is an iconic Broome experience. Broome is a two and a half hour flight north of Perth.

One Arm Point, Broome, Western Australia

One Arm Point

via One Arm Point Road, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9009895 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

One Arm Point is a laid back remote Aboriginal community north of Broome. Check out the stunning coastline with spectacular views out to the Buccaneer Archipelago. Watch in amazement as the massive tides rip past the many small islands. Learn about local Aboriginal culture, and immerse yourself in their unique lifestyle. Take a tour of the hatchery and see a working aquaculture centre with a range of local art and artefacts on sale. Purchase trochus shells and jewellery which has been locally carved out of this beautiful shell, which only the local Aboriginal people are allowed to collect. This traditional Aboriginal community has embraced tourism, and there is the opportunity to enjoy camping and local tours with community members at many of the outstations surrounding the community. Learn from local experts how to catch juicy mud crabs, trap fish and live off the local bush foods. Try your hand at fishing; though be aware the northern waters are a crocodile habitat. One Arm Point is a three hour drive north of Broome at the top of the Dampier Peninsula. The road is strictly four-wheel drive only. Accommodation and meals are available at nearby Cape Leveque or Lombadina.

China Wall

China Wall

via Duncan Highway, Halls Creek, Western Australia, 6770
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.kununurratourism.com
9028291 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

The China Wall is a natural white stone wall which looks just like a miniature ‘Great Wall of China’. It is located just outside of the town of Halls Creek, and is a great stop off for a picnic lunch. Enjoy a swim in the shady stream below before exploring this interesting limestone formation, which features a vein of white quartz. The wall rises from the creek up over the hill, and you can see it in the distance as it winds its way over the rugged landscape for fifteen kilometres. It has a beautiful outlook and certainly makes an interesting photograph. Halls Creek is a seven hour drive from Broome. Old Halls Creek is a 15 minute drive from the new township. Camping is available at Old Halls Creek, and it is a popular overnight stop midway between Derby and Kununurra

Dimond Gorge, Derby, Western Australia

Dimond Gorge

Gibb River Road, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: www.derbytourism.com.au
9023978 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

Rugged and remote Dimond Gorge sits amidst the Kimberley outback near Mornington Wilderness Camp. Here, you can go bushwalking, swimming, canoeing and bird watching. You’ll be amazed by the rich colours of the 30 metre-high cliff walls and abundant wildlife. The 40 kilometre gorge was carved out by the mighty Fitzroy River which cuts through the King Leopold Range. Tucked away at the end of the Dimond Gorge is a beautiful waterfall. Mornington Wilderness Camp offers guided canoe tours to the gorge. The camp has been established to provide a refuge for the diverse range of wildlife that exists there. Accommodation-wise there are delightful safari tents available or you can camp alongside Anna Creek. Dimond Gorge is a 40 minute drive from the camp. Mornington Wilderness Camp is about 100 kilometres off the Gibb River Road, 347 kilometres north-east of Derby.

Crocodile Ridge, Kununurra, Western Australia

Crocodile Ridge

via Lake Argyle Road, Kununurra, Western Australia, 6743
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9009903 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

Crocodile Ridge, at Lake Argyle was so named due to the uncanny resemblance the rock formation has to a crocodile basking out in the sun. There are a number of tour companies who offer boat tours on Lake Argyle where you can get up close to Crocodile Ridge. Whilst out on the lake, keep a look out for the real thing - the lake is home to over 25,000 freshwater crocodiles. Lake Argyle is a spectacular sight and offers a variety of activities including boat tours, fishing and flora and fauna watching. It is such a large body of water; it has been classified as an inland sea. Crocodile Ridge is at Lake Argyle, a forty minute drive south of Kununurra, which is a three hour flight from Perth.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse