Top Attractions for Adventure Tourists in The Kimberley
The Kimberley, with its varied terrain and striking colours, offers a plethora of entertainment options even though it is one of the lesser-known tourist destinations in Australia. This remote region is located in the northernmost part of Western Australia. It spans an area of approximately 421,000 square km and has a tropical monsoon climate. The Kimberley is known for its desolate mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views of the ocean. It gives you a taste of untouched Australia and lets you fulfil your adventurous ambitions. It’s one of the last few wilderness areas in the world well-known for its fantastic scenery, rugged coastline, and palm-fringed gorges.
Can’t wait to see what the Kimberley has to offer? Grab hold of our list of must-dos to make the most of your time here in Western Australia.
Lose Yourself in El Questro Wilderness Park
This wilderness park is located towards the east of the Kimberley. It boasts many outstanding, yet challenging hiking trails and natural swimming environments. This is the ideal place to fish, cruise, and spot wildlife.
If you decide to stay a little longer, you could choose from their varied accommodation options. From standard tent campsites to the more lavish eco-resort rooms, you’ll find them all here. If you’re looking for a dose of untamed adventure, this is the place to be! The best time to plan your visit is during the dry season (April-October). During this time, there are multiple Kimberley tours you can book in to get the full, guided experience of all the definite highlights.
Indulge in the Lake Argyle Serenity
Lake Argyle is a beautiful, serene lake that looks like a slice of heaven in Western Australia. It’s hard not to miss the contrast of colours at this man-made lake with picture-perfect views. Lake Argyle is home to many species of fish, including crocodiles, although the latter don’t generally harm humans.
The lake serves as a large oasis in this dry and deserted part of Australia. The best way to view Lake Argyle is to take a cruise on board a catamaran. Book a room at the Lake Argyle Resort if you wish to spend a few nights here. It’s the perfect destination for those who’d like a nice vacation in the winters.
Tackle the Gibb River Road
You’ll find many attractions along the Gibb River Road. You could take a 4WD along the Gibb River Road and head for Bell Gorge, Mt. Hart, the Napier Range, the Windjana Gorge and more. Mt. Hart is located within the spectacular King Leopold Range Conservation Reserve. The reserve gives you plenty of opportunities to swim and hike. What’s even more fascinating is to encounter wildlife after dark.
The Windjana Gorge is teeming with wildlife and vegetation. You’ll have the chance to walk through the gorge and marvel at the towering limestone cliffs around you. This is also the best place to spot crocs lazing on the banks of the river.
Discover the Mimbi Caves and Purnululu National Park
Aboriginal culture runs deep in the Kimberley. To discover more about this ancient culture, head to the Mimbi caves and then make a stop at the Purnululu National Park.
The Purnululu National Park, now a world heritage site, is home to many sandstone domes which are said to look like beehives. Either take a scenic flight to explore the rich and diverse landscape of the National Park, or take a 4WD to appreciate its geological wonders. Many helicopter tour operators offer services from East Kimberley and Kununurra. It’s best not to visit the park during the wet season (December-March).
Rock Out in Buccaneer Archipelago
The Buccaneer Archipelago is made up of nearly 1000 rocky islands. It’s remote, full of hidden reefs, visually stunning, and lacking in infrastructure. Unlike the glitzy overdeveloped beaches along Australia’s eastern coast, you’ll find nothing other than beautiful high cliffs, turquoise waters, and emerald rainforest trees.
Look for a cruise or a helicopter tour to enjoy what the archipelago has to offer. It’s best to explore the area during the dry season (April-October).
These are just some of the attractions that the Kimberley has to offer. You’ll need a nice long vacation if you’d like to explore the rest! Take a trip to this remote part of the world and see what the fuss is all about.
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Broome, Kimberley & Beyond – a specialised travel wholesaler with over 20 years’ experience living, working and travelling throughout Northern Australia. You can catch her on Google+.