By Georgia Rickard
Three times larger than England, with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia's entire north-western corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. Here you'll find prolific wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations, as well as one of Australia's greatest 4WD road trips. Despite the area's remoteness, it's also a place of great food, luxury accommodation, friendly locals and one of the most romantic beach towns on Earth.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Kimberley region's major gateway is the outback beach town of Broome, famous for its 22 kilometre (14 mile) long strip of white sand, Cable Beach, and the daily camel trains that trail along it at sunset. You can fly direct to Broome – on the western edge of the Kimberley – from Perth year round. During high season (April to October) there are also direct flights to Broome from Melbourne and Sydney. The Kimberley has a second major town on its eastern side, Kununurra, with flights direct from both Perth and Darwin.
- Stay at the spectacular El Questro wilderness park
- Swim at a freshwater outback waterhole
- Take a helicopter ride over a majestic gorge