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Gyorn Gyorn Paintings, Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia

Gyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw) Paintings

North Kimberley, Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia, 6740
Email: info@australiasnorthwest.com
Website: www.australiasnorthwest.com
9211270 Phone Number: 61 08 9193 6660

The Gyorn Gyorn Paintings (also known as the Bradshaws) are believed to have been created 60,000 years ago. This dates them among the earliest figurative paintings ever made, and at least five times older than the Egyptian pyramids. They're a true wonder of the world. Spread over 50,000 square kilometres of the north Kimberley wilderness, there are some 100,000 Gyorn Gyorn art sites in total. The easiest way to find a few is to join a local Indigenous tour guide - giving you unique insights into the early history and legends of one of the oldest living cultures on Earth. This incredible collection of rock art remained hidden from the eyes of the world until they were discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891. If you miss the opportunity to view them, you can see Gyorn Gyorn figures in the works of local Indigenous artists at the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre, just 15 kilometres from Derby.

Eighty Mile Beach, Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia

Eighty Mile Beach

via Great Northern Highway, Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9010164 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

For endless stretches of white sand lapping onto turquoise water and excellent fishing and bird watching, head to aptly named Eighty Mile Beach half way between Broome and Port Hedland. Here you can see magnificent sunsets over the Indian Ocean and enjoy the glorious solitude of sharing your slice of beach with no one. Famous for fishing, it’s also an important feeding ground for migratory birds, making it an ideal place for bird watching. Each year an astonishing half a million migratory shorebirds descend on Eighty Mile Beach, flying in from their feeding and breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle. Pristine Eighty Mile Beach is a rich food source for around 20 species of waders. Eighty Mile Beach has a caravan park offering camping, caravan and cabin accommodation. You can reach Eighty Mile Beach by driving about two and a half hours north of Port Hedland, or three and a half hours south of Broome.

Wolfe Creek Crater National Park, Halls Creek, Western Australia

Wolfe Creek Crater National Park

Wolfe Creek Crater Road, Halls Creek, Western Australia, 6770
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/wolfe-creek-crater
9009439 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

One of Australia’s most remarkable outback landscapes, massive Wolfe Creek Crater National Park, lies on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the East Kimberley. Wolfe Creek Crater is the second largest crater in the world, measuring 880 metres across and to a depth about 60 metres below the rim. Go bushwalking and see the crater from the rim – you’ll feel dwarfed by its size. There’s also an information shelter where you can learn about the landform. The Aboriginal Dreamtime story tells of two rainbow snakes crossing the desert and creating Sturt and Wolfe Creeks by emerging from the ground. For a true taste of the wilderness there’s a camp ground with basic facilities. Wolfe Creek Crater National Park is about a two to three hour drive from Halls Creek via the Tanami Road which accessible by conventional vehicles.

Marglu Billabong, Wyndham, Western Australia

Marglu Billabong

Parry Creek Kununarra Road, Wyndham, Western Australia, 6740
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9028272 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

Bird watchers will delight in the abundance of wild bird species to be found at the Marglu Billabong in the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve near Wyndham. Visit at dusk or dawn to best appreciate the myriad of activity and enjoy the cacophony of bird song. View the vast array of wetland birds all year round, with 20,000 birds found in the area even in the dry season. Look out for magpie geese, swamp hens, cranes, dab chicks, pelicans, brolga, jabiru, black swans and 17 different varieties of ducks. It is worth taking the short walk up the small hill to the south, where you can enjoy the spectacular view from the old telegraph receiving station. Marglu Billabong is situated about 15 kilometres from Wyndham, which is a one hour drive west of Kununurra.

Lake Argyle, Kununurra, Western Australia

Lake Argyle

via Lake Argyle Road, Kununurra, Western Australia, 6743
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9009402 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

Cruise or fish the expansive, wildlife-rich waters of Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, the biggest manmade lake in the southern hemisphere. Created by the Ord River Dam, it's classified as an inland sea and at its peak in the green season Lake Argyle holds a staggering 32 million cubic metres of water. That's more than 20 times the size of Sydney Harbour. You can take the leisurely 40-minute drive from Kununurra to Lake Argyle's shores, but the best way to appreciate its immensity is to hop on a scenic flight - you can even go by float plane and land on the lake. A wildlife cruise of the lake's shoreline and islands will give you close encounters with an incredible variety of native fauna, from fresh water crocodiles, fish and wallabies (looks like a small kangaroo) to more than 240 species of birds - almost one third of Australia's total known species. For a long, lazy lunch and a little wildlife spotting, head for the picnic area at the base of the dam wall. Or, if you're feeling more energetic, hit the network of bushwalking trails and enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of Lake Argyle at your own pace.

Argyle Downs Homestead Museum, Lake Argyle, Western Australia

Argyle Downs Homestead Museum

Lake Argyle Road, Lake Argyle, Western Australia, 6743
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9066793 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

The Argyle Downs Homestead Museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the early pioneers in the Kimberley. Walk through the 1880s former home of the Durack family, who were a prominent farming family. Learn about the Durack’s gruelling two year journey across the continent, travelling from their original home in Queensland all the way to Kununurra with 2,000 head of cattle. Discover the hardships encountered in establishing the first cattle station in the region, which grew to become a successful and productive business. Whilst the original homestead was built in the 1880s and sat on the Argyle Downs Station, it had to be moved in the 1970s following plans for the construction of Lake Argyle. It was carefully dismantled and reconstructed stone by stone at its present site. Argyle Downs Homestead Museum is a one hour drive south of Kununurra. Kununurra is a three hour flight north of Perth.

SS Colac, Derby, Western Australia

SS Colac

191 Loch Street, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: www.derbytourism.com.au
9009798 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

Remains of the shipwrecked SS Colac can be seen on display in the North West town of Derby. The ship lies amongst the beautifully maintained gardens of Lions Park, in front of the Derby Civic Centre. Examine the large anchor of the 1910 boat along with its propeller. Standing alongside these remnants gives you some idea of the sheer size of the steam ship that met its demise just south of Derby. Whilst in Lions Park take a walk through the picturesque botanical garden. Check out the range of flora from the local area and the impressive selection of tropical fruit trees. To learn more about the history of SS Colac, wander through the Wharfingers House Museum which is a two minute walk from the park. If time permits, the remainder of the SS Colac shipwreck can be seen at low tide on a scenic flight departing from the Derby airport. The town of Derby is just over two hours drive east of Broome, or a two and a half hour flight from Perth.

Canning Stock Route, Halls Creek, Western Australia

Canning Stock Route

Canning Stock Route, Halls Creek, Western Australia, 6770
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9009900 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

The Canning Stock Route was originally created by Albert Canning in 1908 for Kimberley cattlemen to take their stock to the southern markets. Covering some 51 wells and stretching 2,013 kilometres from Halls Creek to Wiluna, the Canning Stock Route now forms one of the most remote and challenging four wheel drive tracks in the world. Those wishing to tackle the route should be extremely well prepared before setting out. Outback travel experience is required in conjunction with a very reliable and capable vehicle that has been specifically prepared for remote, long distance desert travel. Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food, vehicle repair equipment and spare parts. The route can be traversed either way from June to September, but access is totally weather dependant. All vehicles, whether private or in commercial tours, are required to hold permits for travelling on the Canning Stock Route. Travellers should note that even with a permit, access is restricted to several sites, some located within the Canning Stock Route reserve. Permits are available through the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (ANFWDC).

King Leopold Range National Park, Derby, Western Australia

King Leopold Range National Park

King Leopold Range, Gibb River Road, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/king-leopold-ranges
9009887 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

See stunning gorges and camp out under the stars at King Leopold Range National Park off the Gibb River Road in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Here you can explore Bell and Lennard Gorges which are among the most magnificent gorges in the Kimberley. The folded rock formations of these and other gorges were millions of years in the making. King Leopold Range Conservation Park is some of the most inaccessible country in Australia and ideal for a four wheel driving outback adventure. The park covers nearly 400,000 hectares of sandstone mountains, palm groves and huge granite outcrops. It includes the formidable King Leopold Range, which reach almost 1,000 metres in height. The range was named in the late 1800s after a Belgium king. King Leopold Range Conservation Park is home to rare plant and animal species and is a haven for birds. You can camp at Bell Creek or at Silent Grove. Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge is within the conservation park and has camping facilities as well as catered accommodation. Access to King Leopold Range Conservation Park is from the Gibb River Road east of Derby. Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience.

Celebrity Tree Park, Kununurra, Western Australia

Celebrity Tree Park

via Old Darwin Road, Kununurra, Western Australia, 6743
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9009901 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

Check out the celebrities who’ve visited the East Kimberley hub of Kununurra at Celebrity Tree Park. Since the park opened in the late 1980s a number of celebrities have visited the town, some of whom who’ve come to see the Ord Irrigation Scheme. Stars including John Farnham, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Baz Luhrmann, Rolf Harris, Governor Generals and many others are honoured at Celebrity Tree Park. Each celebrity has planted a tree which is identified by a plaque. Celebrity Tree Park sits in a tranquil spot by the banks of the Ord River’s Lily Creek Inlet and makes an idyllic picnic spot. It’s only a few minutes from the centre of Kununurra and is a popular place for a peaceful walk.