The Kimberley is where Western Australia really gets wild.
Desert, gorges, scrublands, coastline. Hordes of camels, herds of buffalo, packs of dingoes, flocks of jabirus. The prints of dinosaurs stamped along the Dampier Peninsula, the tracks of their modern-day ancestors marking the riverbanks. All with just one sealed road running through all 423,000 km2 of it.
While Broome and its shore could keep you occupied for days, it’s really the Kimberley’s natural boasts that’ll lure you in. Cape Leveque and the Bungle Bungles are just the beginning. Away from the stretches of Cable Beach you find a region that rapidly unrolls into a world of dense rainforest, vast underground cave systems and boab-dotted horizons straight out of Africa. Gorges? Windjana, Bell, Emma and Geikie just to name a few. Falls? Dive into Manning and Zebedee. Mountains? Just the Cockburn, Napier and Oscar Ranges. Even for a region larger than 75% of the world’s countries, the Kimberley really packs it in.
A World Heritage-listed landscape of striped, beehive-shaped, sandstone domes unknown to the outside world before the 1980s. Other highlights include Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge.
For millions of years the Lennard River has wound its way through the Napier Range, with its reward coming in the form of Windjana Gorge. This ancient Devonian reef system is brimming with freshwater crocodiles and aflutter with fruit bats.
Once, the only explorers of this million-acre sprawl of wild bushland and palm-shaded springs were cattle. Thankfully the owners decided to share the beauty with us. We’re forever grateful.