When it comes to diversity and character, there’s no place quite like the Kimberley for charismatic townships and unique travel destinations.
Visiting the Kimberley is truly the trip of a lifetime. To tick off your bucket list adventure in style, we recommend a little advance planning to explore which destinations are going to best match your wish list.
Here’s our top pick of Kimberley destinations to add to your itinerary:
The heartbeat of the East Kimberley, Kununurra is a thriving town approximately 37 kilometres from the Northern Territory border. Taking its name from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘Big Water’ Kununurra acts as the gateway to the Kimberley, and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, rock formations, farmland, and waterways, including the famous Ord Irrigation Scheme. Boasting a wide range of services, facilities and amenities (including Kimberley Experiences’ head office), it’s not only a welcome stopover for travellers, it doubles as the pick up and drop off location for many surrounding tours and experiences.
From the pristine white sands of Cable Beach to its bustling centre, Broome is a vibrant and popular town on the far-western shores of the Kimberley. Offering a combination of relaxation and recreation, Broome has a rich and fascinating past that includes a pioneering pearling industry, a land where dinosaurs walked (there footprints can still be seen!), and a fusion of Japanese and Chinese cultural impact. Rich in beauty, laid-back coastal atmosphere, and historical merit, Broome is a drawcard for adventure seekers of every age, pace and ability.
Described as the eco-adventure capital of Western Australia, Exmouth on the famous Ningaloo coast provides a full ‘range to reef’ experience. Home to the Cape Range National Park, a hiker’s paradise of limestone ranges and deep gorges, you’ll experience the best of both worlds in Exmouth with kilometres of pristine coastline hosting some of the world’s best reef and wreck diving. A holiday destination with ample dining and accommodation options, Exmouth is also synonymous with marine life, with many travelling specifically to see nesting marine turtles, or to get up close and personal with the magnificent gentle giants of the ocean, whale sharks.
Nestled in the Pilbara Region, Karratha is an ideal base for off-road, or off-shore exploring. Packed with all the amenities you’d expect from a lively remote township, it’s another perfect pit stop for your North West adventure. Give yourself enough time to visit nearby Millstream Chichester National Park and discover 200,000 hectares of unspoiled bushland (pack your bathers for a refreshing swim in one of many crystalline rock pools). Add the Dampier Archipelago to your list – a 42-island escape that could see you fishing, snorkeling, or camping overnight on pristine beaches – just a 25km drive from Karratha.
Celebrated as a bio-region for its ecological and geographic uniqueness, the Central Kimberley region gives travellers the chance to fully immerse themselves in the real Australian Outback. Desert plains meet pastural lands against the backdrop of a wide, open sky, and you can feel the energy of the land’s ancient soul all around you. Halls Creek is the proud hub of Central Kimberley. Offering genuine Aussie hospitality, it’s an ideal layover for nearby attractions such as the famous Wolfe Creek Crater.
Mitchell Falls is a ‘must see’ during Waterfall Season. Her staircase-like cascades in full flow are a sight to behold from land, and even more spectacular by air. Set among the jaw-dropping beauty of the Mitchell Plateau, – 4WD’ers dream – Mitchell Falls is just one of many cascades in Mitchell River National Park, so have your camera on the ready! A hike to Mitchell Falls provides plenty of opportunity to view indigenous flora, fauna, and birdlife, as well as ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.
The Kimberley Coast is the ultimate escape destination. It’s one of the few places left on earth where humans have yet to leave their footprint. The result? Mile after mile of unspoiled, untouched coastline of unimaginable beauty. Sandstone escarpments loom above white silica beaches, hidden inlets are waiting to be discovered from sweeping rivers, natural phenomena abound, and tidal currents dictate when and what to explore. A visit to the Kimberly Coast is like picking up a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book! From luxury beach camping to resort-style accommodation, billy tea and damper to a locally-caught seafood platter, or traversing red-dirt tracks followed by the fishing experience of a lifetime – your choices are endless.
Whether you’re on a self-drive adventure, a 4WD tour, or an air safari, a trip to the Dampier Peninsula is a Kimberley itinerary highlight. Head for the beauty and grandeur of Cape Leveque for a chance to witness migrating Humpback whales or learn about the region’s pearling history and enduring culture and traditions of the local Bardi and Nyul Nyul people. Accommodation options are plentiful and varied across the Peninsula or add to your adventure with a beach camping experience – there’s options to suit every style of camper, from luxury safari tents to simple beach shelters.
There’s so much to see and do at El Questro, a visit to the 700,000-acre property combining station township and wilderness park is like a holiday within your holiday! From natural thermal springs to lush gorges and waterfalls, you’ll find an extensive range of tours, experiences and activities to keep every member of the family happy. Accommodation options range from high end luxury at the exclusive all-inclusive Homestead to well-appointed bungalows and safari-style tented cabins. Boasting three separate dining outlets, and a well-stocked store at the Station Township, it’s a great place to either self-cater, or indulge in meals crafted from the finest local ingredients. Add El Questro to your itinerary for a taste of everything the Kimberley has to offer under one sprawling roof.