Be awe-struck by the Kimberley, in Australia's remote north-west corner, where the dramatic landscapes date back to the dinosaurs. Nature directs this enduring epic, of rugged rock structures, colossal waterways and incandescent ocean. Embrace adventure, connect to living Aboriginal culture and experience eco-luxury against the Kimberley's incredible colours and endless horizons. Fly over the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles, 4WD the Gibb River Road or stay with an Aboriginal community on the Dampier Peninsula. See abundant wildlife, hunt for precious gems and learn about the region's rich and thriving art tradition.
Four reasons to visit the Kimberley
All manner of adventure is possible against the Kimberley's ancient landscapes. Ride a camel along Broome's Cable Beach. Then 4WD the Gibb River Road to Kununurra, where you can boat across mighty waterways such as Lake Argyle and the Ord River. Fly over the magnificent waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau or the Bungle Bungle Ranges in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Snorkel and dive in Rowley Shoals Marine Park, just one of the spectacular underwater sites along the remote, pristine Kimberley coastline. For a gentler adventure, cruise in luxury through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to the Horizontal Waterfalls and 1,000 islands.
There are countless ways to connect to the Kimberley's rich, living Aboriginal culture. Stay in a traditional Aboriginal community on the Dampier Peninsula, and kayak, snorkel, mud-crab and fish with local guides. In the outback, spend time on an Aboriginal-owned station, where you can taste bush tucker, learn to muster cattle and listen to Dreamtime lore. Explore significant sites such as Geikie Gorge and King George Falls with traditional owners. See ancient rock art in Drysdale National Park or on the isolated Mitchell Plateau, home to the Gwion Gwion paintings. You can check out the Kimberley's acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal artists in galleries and centres in Broome, Derby and Kununurra.
Birds, animals, marine life and prehistoric reptiles reign in the Kimberley. See them on an off-road adventure or join a tour to sanctuaries and breeding spots. Float along the Ord River past salt-water crocodiles, rock wallabies and hundreds of species of birds. Spot crocodiles sunning themselves around Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Visit Broome's Roebuck Bay, a haven for native birdlife and stopover point for migratory birds between September and April. Another birdwatcher's paradise is Parrys Lagoon Nature reserve and Marlgu Billabong, near Wyndham.
Nothing says prestige and romance like diamonds and pearls, both produced in the epic Kimberley. Shop for South Sea pearls in Broome and trace the town's rich pearling history in Chinatown and the Japanese Cemetery. Tour the vast Argyle Diamond Mine, near Kununurra, where most of the world's rare pink diamonds are extracted. The Kimberley is also the place to get back to nature in eco-luxury. Go glamping along the Dampier Peninsula or detour off the Gibb River Road to stay in deluxe eco-cabins.