Combining small country towns with gorgeous natural phenomenons and Unesco World Heritage sites, the Kimberley region offers a truly remote wilderness experience in Australia. We round up the best things to see and do here.
Located in the northernmost part of Western Australia, the Kimberley region is three times the size of England, but home to fewer than 30,000 people. Consisting of dramatic coastlines, sandstone gorges, natural wonders and powerful waterfalls, here are 10 attractions you must see when visiting remote Kimberley.
Amazingly, the Bungle Bungle Range’s unique set of beehive-shaped karst sandstone domes were only discovered in 1983. However, the orange and black striped domes have existed for around 350 million years and have been revered by local Indigenous people for approximately 40,000 years. Consequently, Purnululu National Park was established in 1987 and declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. One of the best ways to see the Bungle Bungles is via a scenic flight. Otherwise, there are local guided tours, lead from an Aboriginal perspective, and overnight options from Broome.
Western Australia’s second largest national park, Karijini National Park is home to freshwater pools, an eco retreat and gorges galore. The best swimming holes are the spring-fed Fern Pool, Fortescue Falls in Dales Gorge, Circular Pool, and the heart-shaped pool at Hamersley Gorge. Learn about the park’s Aboriginal history at the Karijini Visitor Centre and don’t miss the view from Oxer Lookout, which overlooks four different gorges. For the adventurous, it’s about a six-hour return trip if you want to hike Mount Bruce as well.
Yes, another Kimberley waterfall you must check out, this one was created by the King George River plunging over ancient sandstone cliffs. King George Falls is the highest set of twin waterfalls in Western Australia. The river is culturally significant to the Balanggarra Indigenous people, as they believe the falls are the male and female Wunkurr (Rainbow Serpents). Located within the remote North Kimberley Marine Park, the best way to experience King George Falls is with a scenic flight or a cruise from either Broome or Wyndham.