The Kimberley: an unforgettable Australian story

The Kimberley: an unforgettable Australian story

'There's nothing like the echo of people singing in Cathedral Gorge, the Bungle Bungles. Everyone has a go...'

Spectacular landscapes are all part of a day’s work for Brian, a Tasmanian-based travel photographer.  Yet he was still “caught by surprise” by the countless natural attractions of Western Australia’s epic Kimberley, including the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park.

“The Kimberley is one big attraction with mile after mile of stunning landscapes. What you see from the road is enough to ensure a memorable trip,” said Brian, who had hired a 4WD and followed a 14-day coach tour from Broome to Darwin for this assignment.

Along the way he photographed a breathtaking array of landscapes, from “Broome, with its sunset camel rides and Cable Beach” to Kununurra’s vast Lake Argyle. From Kununurra, Brian also discovered the beehive-like towers of the Bungle Bungles and the acoustic secrets of Cathedral Gorge.  The region is also home to the colossal waterways of the Ord River and man-made Lake Argyle. Visitors can tour the Argyle Diamond Mine, where rare pink diamonds are mined, or take a scenic flight over majestic Mitchell Falls.

Further along his journey, Brian captured the craggy contours of Geikie Gorge and spent three days on “unforgettable” El Questro Wilderness Station in the East Kimberley.  A working cattle station as well as a holiday destination, El Questro is a popular stopover on rugged 4WD journeys through the Kimberley, such as the Savannah Way and Gibb River Road.

“At El Questro I spent my time soaking in Zebedee hot springs, walking into and swimming in beautiful Emma and Amelia Gorges and cruising Chamberlain Gorge. I watched the sunset over Saddleback Ridge before enjoying a communal barbeque and listening to live music and stories,” Brian said.

He was captivated by the “immensely diverse range of flora and fauna” he saw at El Questro, which embraces four river systems across its million acres. Visitors can join ranger-guided tours to spot wildlife such as brumbies, bustards, frilled neck lizards, goannas, sea eagles, brolgas, jabirus and technicoloured parrots.

"Photography to me is about seeing the landscape rather than just looking at it," said Brian, who has spent more than six years taking inspirational travel photos for books, magazines, postcards and glossy brochures. He’s captured all of Australia’s icons and spent a year documenting magnificent scenery in his home state of Tasmania.

Could there be more for him to see? Absolutely, said Brian, who is already preparing to return to the sweeping, spectacular Kimberley.

As well as its incredible outback landscapes, the Kimberley is fringed by a pristine coastline of white sand and incandescent ocean. Visitors can snorkel and dive in Rowley Shoals Marine Park or cruise in luxury through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to the Horizontal Waterfalls and 1,000 islands. Along the remote Dampier Peninsula, travelers can stay in an Aboriginal community and go kayaking, snorkeling, mud-crabbing and fishing with local guides.

“There are a thousand images just waiting for me and this time I’ll be ready,” Brian said.

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