The Kimberley by air, land & sea. Words by David McGonigal
I hadn’t been in the Kimberley for a few years when I picked up a rental 4WD in Broome for a trip up to Cape Leveque.
Ten minutes later I was lost in Broome’s suburbs: few Australian towns have developed more in the past decade. But 10 minutes outside town, little has altered in 50,000 years. The new infrastructure means there are more ways to experience the Kimberley. You’ll be dealing with more vehicles on the Gibb River Road and on Mitchell Plateau, but less likely to be stranded after a breakdown – at least during the dry season.
The colours of the Kimberley are one constant: a brilliant palette of red soil and blue sky, golden beaches and aquamarine sea. I wrote after my first visit 25 years ago: “It’s a truly beautiful part of the country that in many ways epitomises the image of Australia that Australians like to present to the world.” That hasn’t changed.