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The Kimberley

A Kimberley holiday offers some of Western Australia’s (WA) most unique wilderness experiences – experiences that will capture your imagination. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres, this ancient region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.

Hidden in the region’s heart, vast wildlife sanctuaries, spectacular gorges and thundering waterfalls provide the perfect backdrop for a Kimberley holiday adventure in Western Australia’s (WA) north. And on its coast lie some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, untouched coral atolls and rugged islands with an amazing variety of marine life.

Towns of the Kimberley Region

Coastal and outback towns of the Kimberley region offer vastly diverse experiences. Enjoy the laidback lifestyle of cosmopolitan Broome.  Visit Kununurra and Derby, the eastern and western gateways to the Kimberley. And stop by at the rugged pioneering towns of Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.

Kimberley Wilderness Adventures

Wilderness adventures can be found in every corner of the region. Your Kimberley holiday could take you to Western Australia’s (WA) World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, featuring the famous beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles. Or you could find yourself in the magnificent Mitchell River National Park and the beautiful waterways of Geike Gorge National Park.

You can follow ancient cave systems at Tunnel Creek National Park. Walk through the spectacular Windjana Gorge. Cruise the vast inland sea of Lake Argyle. Or explore one of the world’s largest meteorite craters at Wolfe Creek Crater National Park.

Kimberley Tours and Four Wheel Drive Routes

 The four-wheel drive routes that cross this region of Western Australia (WA) are among the world’s premier four wheel drive adventures, the most famous of which is the mighty Gibb River Road. Running between Derby and Kununurra, it passes through some of the most rugged country on Earth. If you’re planning a Kimberley holiday and wish to drive it yourself, get some help and advice from the hire and road safety pages. Or take the easy route and search the list of Kimberley tours.

Kimberley Cruises and Coastal Adventures

While Broome’s Cable Beach is classed as one of the world’s best beaches, there are also many world-class attractions to be found just off the coast in the Kimberley region. On a snorkel or dive tour of Rowley Shoals Marine Park you can swim with over 650 species of fish. And Kimberley cruises to the Buccaneer Archipelago, give you the chance to witness amazing tidal movements at the Horizontal Waterfalls. Extended cruises can take you to places precious few have been privileged to see. See the Kimberley cruising section for more details.

Authentic Indigenous Experiences

Experiencing the unique culture of Western Australia’s (WA) Indigenous people is a must for anyone planning a Kimberley holiday. Join a guided tour or stay a few days on the remote Dampier Peninsula. Discover ancient Indigenous rock art in the region’s national parks, or visit an Indigenous arts centre. Learn about Indigenous history. Hear Dreamtime stories. Go fishing, make hunting spears and taste some local bush tucker. See Indigenous tourism for more details.

Fine Diamonds and Pearls

With over 120 years of pearling and mining history and a thriving industry still in operation today, this region of Western Australia (WA) offers some fascinating insights into these industries. One of the most unique Kimberley holiday experiences is a sailing cruise along the coast on an old pearl lugger. You can also visit Broome’s fine pearl showrooms, or take a tour of the world’s largest operational diamond mine at Argyle Diamond Mine.

Weather and Climate

The Kimberley has two distinct seasons - the dry (May to October) and the wet (November to April). For more detailed information, take a look at the Weather and climate page.

Contact the visitor centres of Western Australia’s (WA) north, or view a detailed Kimberley map online and start planning your ultimate Kimberley holiday.