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Embrace adventure in a world of vast lakes, ancient ridges and ranges, rare pink diamonds and huge stations.
There's something about wild, remote Kununurra that fires the spirit of adventure in even the most timid of travelers. It could be the blue skies, scorching red soil and rugged bush scenery, or the fact it is the gateway to the East Kimberley and some of Western Australia's remarkable natural attractions.
From here you can visit World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and the beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle Range, thought to be 350 million years old. Or see their miniature versions in amongst the amphitheatres, gullies and ridges of Mirima National Park.
You can take a helicopter over the mighty Ord river and man-made Lake Argyle, which is large enough to be classified as an inland sea. Trek Mitchell Plateau and see the majestic Mitchell Falls - a series of four waterfalls - cascade over layers of rock into a deep pool. Then visit the Argyle Diamond Mine and see the rare pink diamonds extracted from this ancient rock each year.
Of course, this is only the start of the adventures Kununurra offers. You can catch a trophy-sized barramundi in the roaring wet season rivers or swim in a cool, deep waterhole under cascading Black Rock Falls. Canoe Lake Kununurra, camping under star-filled skies and getting up close to fresh water crocodile, fruit bats, wallabies and hundreds of birds along the way. It's easy to see why the place was called Kununurra- it means 'big water' in the language of Aboriginal tribes who have roamed this landscape for thousands of years.
Rock climb and abseil sheer cliff faces, bushwalk through rugged ranges and take a four wheel drive to some of the most remote locations on earth. Off road, there are gorges, waterfalls and cattle stations the size of small European countries to explore. Visit the station where part of Baz Lurhman's movie Australia was filmed and you'll see what moved Nicole Kidman's character to embark on her sweeping outback adventure.
When you're in need of new adrenalin, jump on a bull at the local rodeo or join the crowds at an outback horse race. For a real ‘flying by the seat of your pants feeling', take a doorless chopper over the Bungle Bungle ranges or lift off from lakes, rivers and ranges on a floatplane.
All this fresh air and exertion works up an appetite, so throw down a picnic rug at 600 million year old Zebra Rock, dine at an al fresco restaurant at sunset or savour mud crab skewers at a remote camp.
There's never been a better place to embrace adventure.
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See it all in Broome, the remote, romantic pearling port in the north-west corner of the Kimberley. Purchase a pearl in Chinatown, where many of the buildings were built in the exciting early pearling days. Continue the nostalgia in the pearling museum or on an old pearl lugger. Hop on a camel and watch the famous, fiery sunset over Cable Beach. Catch the natural magic trick of Staircase to the Moon, bird spot in Roebuck Bay and see prehistoric dinosaur prints at Gantheaume Point. Devote your final day to a 4WD adventure along the magical Dampier Penisula, where you can extend your stay in traditional Aboriginal communities.
It's been around for 350 million years and revered by its Aboriginal custodians for 40,000 years. But the striking Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park was a secret from the outside world until 1983. Today this maze of orange-and-black striped sandstone domes, often likened to giant beehives, is one of the Kimberley's best-loved attractions. Take in the awesome Bungle Bungle Range on a scenic flight. Or hike, camp and 4WD amidst Purnululu's geological wonders, discovering ancient rock art, rare wildlife, tropical pools and craggy gorges.
Tackle one of Australia's greatest four-wheel-drive adventures on this 660-kilometre journey through the vast Kimberley. See freshwater crocodiles in the Windjana Gorge National Park and swim, bushwalk and camp at Lennard and Bell Gorges. Take a scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the vast Mitchell Plateau. Stay on the one million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. From here you can go horse trekking, get up close to Kimberley wildlife and boat down Chamberlain Gorge past towering escarpments and Wandjina rock art. You could even take in the sights on a mountain bike for the Brisbane to Broome Charity Bike Ride. However you take on this outback challenge, remember it's one that needs planning.
Be enthralled by the rugged gorges, epic waterways and incandescent ocean of the Kimberley, in Australia's north-west corner. Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Broome, then 4WD the Gibb River Road to Kununurra, home to the Ord Valley Muster and near the beehive-striped Bungle Bungles of Purnululu National Park. Broome is also gateway to the remote, beautiful Dampier Peninsula.