The Kimberley is a north-western region of Western Australia that spans a vast area three times the size of England. The landscape can be harsh and hot, but it is filled with natural wonders like waterfalls, caves, rainforests and stunning beaches. Visitors to the Kimberley are drawn to attractions such as the town of Broome, Cable Beach, The Bungle Bungle Ranges and Horizontal Falls, and the regions rural charm and unique scenery make it an unforgettable destination. Here are some of the top things to do when you visit The Kimberley.
Four Wheel Drive to Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque is at the pinnacle of the Dampier Peninsula, an exhilarating three hour four wheel drive trip from Broome. The area is punctuated by thriving Aboriginal heritage as rich as the deep red colour of the rocks that decorate the beaches. Enjoy the off the grid serenity and walk, swim and explore the beaches and rocky outcrops. There is also five star accommodation and a restaurant at Kooljaman.
Be one of the Lucky Few to Dive at Rowley Shoals
This coral garden rises from the ocean floor about 300 km west of Broome. Take a multi-day cruise to the remote reef to experience snorkelling and diving in 145 square kilometers of breathtakingly beautiful coral reef. Comprised of three atolls that rise from the ocean floor, and protrude out of the water at low tide. They are home to bird colonies, tropical fish and larger species like the Maori Wrasse and the Grouper.
Fly to Horizontal Falls and Speed through the Rapids
Horizontal falls is considered a must see of the Kimberley, named on the of the greatest wonders of the natural world by Sir David Attenborough. The horizontal falls are caused by water rushing through two narrow gorges, and the direction of the falls actually changes with the tide. Experience the adrenaline rush of racing down the falls in a jet boat, and take get an aerial perspective as you soar over the unique and rugged Kimberley terrain, gaining a true appreciation for the vastness of the landscape.
Ride a Hovercraft and see Ancient Dinosaur Footprints
In a mixture of past and future, jump onboard a hovercraft to float about the Broome coastline, across sandy cays and visit a perfectly preserved, 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprint. You’ll be able to cruise up river, and hop off the vessel to explore the beaches further. Learn about the exciting history of Broome from your guide and finish up the day with cocktails overlooking the sea.
Wild Swimming in the East Kimberley
Venture to a remote oasis and feel the peace of the Kimberly wash over you with the cool and clear waters. Emma Gorge and Zebedee Springs are uniquely beautiful destinations offering respite from the heat of the desert in the eastern part of the Kimberley. Let the mist of a waterfall wash over you, or dive into a clear pool surrounded by dramatic cliffs, and feel at one with nature. Cool off and bask in the rugged surroundings, and find peace in the remoteness of these stunning bush swimming holes.
Harvest Your Own Pearl
Broome is built upon a history of pearl farming, and some farms offer guests the exciting opportunity to harvest their own pearl. By nature, the process is suspenseful, as no one can know the value of the contents inside the oyster until it is opened. Crack open the shell for yourself, and reveal a beautiful creation of nature, which can then be made into a piece of jewelry through which to remember your trip.
Learn Aboriginal Traditions and Survival Techniques
Broome and it’s surrounds maintain a close connection to Indigenous Australian culture, and the landscapes enhance one’s understanding of traditional hunter gatherer techniques and a spiritual connection to the land. Learn about the Aboriginal way of life from knowledgeable and passionate Indigenous guides, who keep their traditions alive through the telling of their story.
Ride a Camel Down the Famous Cable Beach
A pristine, 22km stretch of flat sand, perfect for viewing one of the world’s best sunsets over the Indian Ocean. It’s just an eight minute drive from Broome, yet it’s size means it never feels crowded, even in peak season. An Iconic way to take in the views is to ride a Camel Train. The iconic activity was conceived in the 1970’s when one man decided that he would walk to Broome from Adelaide with his camels. Upon Arrival he began to offer tours and it has been a Cable Beach legacy ever since. If a camel ride doesn’t sound appealing, you can also take a 4WD tour along the beach, go for a stroll, or soar above in a helicopter.
Tour the Spectacular King George and Mitchell Falls
Mitchell Falls is a four tiered waterfall formed from bright red sandstone, and it is known to be one of the most impressive waterfalls in Australia. The falls can be viewed by air, or you can get up close by taking a scenic 8.5km hike. The hike is accessible by 4WD and many extended tours to the falls are available both by road and air.
King George Falls’ remote location means it is best accessed by cruise, or viewed form the air. The site is of significance to the local Indigenous population as the falls represent the Wunkurr or Rainbow Serpents. The dramatic red cliffs are thrilling to explore, with the sheer height of the twin waterfalls towering 100m over the calm lagoon below in an impressive feat of nature.
Sail Around the Buccaneer Archipelago
This remote network of 1000 rocky islands covers 50 square kilometers, and is home to a diverse array of exciting wildlife. The huge tides and swirling currents mean that this area is best explored with a guide, but for those who make the journey, incredible scenery awaits. The vibrant orange of the sandstone islands contrasts with the turquoise water, and you’ll discover pristine beaches, waterfalls, mangroves, forests and coral reefs.
Discover the Bungle Bungles
These beehive shaped rock formations rise an impressive 300 metres above the grassy plains. The ranges were formed 360 million years ago when sand and gravel were deposited before being eroded away over many years to form the striped sandstone structures seen today. Explore the network of formations and discover a variety of plant an animal life. You can also visit an underground oasis at Cathedral Gorge, and squeeze through Echidna Chasm between steep rock walls bathed in orange light.