From coastal wonder to spectacular geographic formations there’s a lot to do in the Kimberley region. There is also so much culture to embrace and a lot of history to learn. The vast region is home to remarkable landscapes, gorges, thundering waterfalls and some of the most beautiful untouched beaches with a huge variety of marine life. You’ll certainly be kept busy throughout your trip. One thing is for certain, it’s truly unforgettable.
Geographic Formations and Waterfalls
One of Australia’s most striking landmarks, The Bungle Bungle Range is famous for the unusual orange and black-striped rock domes, at times, resembling beehives or even those delicious Jaffa chocolates. The range is within the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Within the park, there is an array of wildlife to discover, including more than 130 species of birds. There’s also Cathedral Gorge where you most definitely don’t want to divulge any secrets – the acoustics here are fantastic – and Echidna Chasm which is most definitely a photographer’s dream.
It seems like an other-worldly landscape but Mitchell Falls is most definitely real. The falls, actually made up by a series of tiered waterfalls, have naturally-carved waterholes at the top which are perfect for a refreshing dip. If you really want to experience Mitchell Falls, head to the air. The area is a hub for scenic helicopter flights.
King George Falls is Western Australia’s highest twin waterfalls, created by the King George River plunging over the sandstone cliff into the tidal waters below. The Falls, inaccessible by vehicle due to the remote location, is truly a spectacle to see. Your best view will be from a boat below or a scenic flight above. Either way, you’ll most definitely be awed.
One of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley region, the Horizontal Falls are unlike any other waterfall, mainly because, much like the name suggests, the water passes horizontally. The natural phenomenon is caused by the intense tidal currents running through the two gorges on either side. The waterfall effect is created by the bank up of water. It’s most definitely a unique experience.
Cruising and Beachside Experiences
While the geographical phenomenon are incredible, there’s also the coastal side of the Kimberley region to explore.
With so many outstanding cruising options on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. No matter which itinerary or cruise you go for, you’ll be privy to more than two billion years of natural history as you sail. With the rock formations, waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art, it’s truly a moving and unique experience. From boutique luxury to barefoot luxury and even large boat cruises, there are a plethora of choices.
There are, of course, plenty of beaches to discover as well, with 12,000 kilometres of coastline. With pristine white sands and sparkling blue water, you’ll never want to leave. And we don’t blame you. Choose from Cable Beach in Broome, where you can enjoy camel rides and a glorious sunset, Eighty Mile Beach with gorgeous panoramic views or the red rocks of the Dampier Peninsula. There are also an endless supply of island beaches in the Buccaneer Archipelago. So really, take your pick.
Along the coast, you’ll also be able to see some magnificent marine life including massive humpback whales making their migration from Antarctica. There’s also the snubfin dolphin which can often be found playing along the Dampier Peninsula coast.
Of course, the Kimberley region is also steeped in history and has deep cultural significance, being the spiritual heart of Western Australia.
Part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system, the Windjana Gorge is of great cultural importance to local Aboriginal people. It’s a highly spiritual place, believed to be where Aboriginal leader Jandamarra hid during a gun battle with Europeans in 1894. Jandamarra led an armed rebellion against European settlers in the 1890s. There are several walks to explore around the National Park and also ruins to discover.
The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail is an 82 kilometre walk which follows a section of ancient songline, an oral memory map of Indigenous stories, songs and dance that describe the landscape. This songline has been passed down from generation to generation. Along the way, stay at traditional campsites and share in the Indigenous culture. There are activities such as spear-making, bush-tucker hunting, fishing and mud crabbing.