Must See and Do in the North West

 

There is so much to see and do in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia’s North West. To help you plan and make the most of your visit, here are the top-ranking highlights.

Onslow and the Mackerel Islands

- Be amazed by 1000’s of termite mounds that stand tall to the harsh conditions of the North West.
- Wander along the Onslow Boardwalk for spectacular sunrises and sunsets
- Check out the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon
- Check out the Goods Shed Museum with its vast collection of old machinery, bottles and memorabilia.
- Throw in a line at the Groyne or Four Mile Creek.
- If you have a boat, cruise the creek system or head for the Mackerel Islands.
- Dive, snorkel or go fishing and beachcombing.

Central Pilbara Coast

- Dive or snorkel on one of a hundred pristine sites
- Don't miss the Red Dog memorial statue at Dampier 
- Join a luxury day or sunset cruise or a fishing charter
- Watch the Staircase to the Moon at Hearson’s Cove
- Witness turtle nesting on remote beaches
- Relax on the blue clear waters and watch the dolphins and whales frolic
- View the Petroglyphs - ancient Aboriginal rock engravings at Deep Gorge
- Visit beautiful Hearson Cove for a relaxing BBQ and swim
- Camp on remote islands and spend the days beachcombing and relaxing
- Visit the North West Shelf Venture Visitor Centre and overlook the gas plant
- Walk the Jaburara Aboriginal Heritage Walk Trail
- Join the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Industry Tour of our port facilities and stockpiles
- Visit the Millstream-Chichester National Park and explore its expansive ranges and fresh waterways
- Four Wheel Drive to a number of remote fishing and camping sites

Point Samson Peninsula

- Fishing options abound - from tidal creeks, beach fishing or join a deep sea charter
- Discover the region’s rich, colourful history at Cossack and Roebourne
- Drive or walk the Emma Withnell heritage trail and step back into time
- Picnic at Harding Dam
- Check out local Indigenous artists at work
- Watch the Staircase to the Moon at Cossack
- Enjoy the panoramic view from Reader Head Lookout
- Join the Port to Port tour including Cape Lambert
- Enjoy a seafood feast at the Point Samson Fishing Village
- Visit the secluded bay of Honeymoon Cove

Inland Pilbara

- Visit Millstream Chichester National Park and explore its expansive ranges and fresh waterways
- See the dust fly at Pannawonica’s Robe River Rodeo
- Explore the ancient landscape of Karijini National Park, home to a series of picturesque gorges and waterfalls
- Drive to the top of Mount Nameless (Jarndrunmunhna) in Tom Price for stunning views
- View the massive mining operations at the Rio Tinto Ore Mine (Tom Price) or Mt Whaleback Mine (Newman)
- Visit the historical Comet Gold Mine (Marble Bar)
- Take in the vast rugged surroundings of Newman from Radio Hill Lookout or picnic at Kings Lake, Ophthalmia Dam or Kalgans Pool
- Visit ancient Indigenous rock carving sites

North Pilbara Coast

- Tour BHP Billiton port facilities
- Enjoy the harbour at sunset, the closest vantage point in Australia to observe the movement of massive ore-carriers and salt ships passing through.
- Follow the Cultural and Heritage Trail and visit the historical museum.
- Browse through the Courthouse Gallery, a showcase to the regional identity of the Pilbara
- Picnic and enjoy a refreshing swim at Pretty Pool
- See turtles nesting on Cemetery Beach
- Visit the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve, a haven for marine and terrestrial animals
- Experience the magnificent sunsets and go fishing on Eighty Mile Beach

Broome

- Stroll along the pristine white sand and swim in the clear water of Cable Beach.
- Visit picturesque Gantheaume Point - home of the 130 million year old dinosaur footprints and the remains of Anastasia’s Pool.
- Wander through Chinatown - home to fine pearl showrooms, retail outlets and sidewalk cafes.
- Take a sunset cruise along Cable Beach on a restored pearl lugger.
- Go for a leisurely camel ride along Cable Beach.
- Sit back in a deck chair at the oldest operating outdoor picture gardens in the world.
- See the remains of the Catalinas - Dutch Flying Boats bombed during World War II.
- Meander through the famous Courthouse Markets on a Saturday morning.
- Reflect on the dangers of the early days of diving at the Japanese Cemetery.
- Venture out to the Broome Bird Observatory to view some of the 310 species of migratory wader birds.
- Jump on board a fishing boat or go whale watching.
- Play a round of golf at the fully grassed 18-hole course.
- Browse through the many contemporary & Indigenous art galleries.
- View some of the largest crocodiles in captivity and other native Australian animals.

'Ardi' Dampier Peninsula

- Take a stroll on a secluded beach, swim or go snorkelling in the sparkling waters
- Call in to Beagle Bay’s Sacred Heart Church with its beautiful pearl shell altar
 - Share stories of history and contemporary lifestyle with local Aboriginal guides
- Settle into a comfortable safari tent and enjoy the view overlooking the Indian Ocean
- Spend the day fishing on a charter boat or hire your own dinghy.
- Visit the Lombadina Mission ruins
- Spot whales, turtles or dugongs off the beach
- Swim or snorkel in the sparkling waters and wonder at the fascinating marine life
- Go mud crabbing with a local guide and enjoy feasting on your catch

The Kimberley Coast

- Enjoy a freshly-caught dinner of fish, mud crabs, or oysters on board your Kimberley cruise vessel
- Land at the Horizontal Waterfalls in a float plane and experience this incredible natural phenomenon
- Dive or snorkel amongst the rich marine life and coral reefs of the Rowley Shoals
- Visit the ‘Mermaid Tree” a boab tree in Careening Bay emblazoned by Captain Philip Parker King in 1820.
- Learn from an Aboriginal guide as they provide an insight into the amazing rock art of the region.
- Take a helicopter ride over the towering King George Falls
- Catch the elusive barramundi, or one of the many other trophy species that inhabit these waters
- Hike inland and discover freshwater pools and waterfalls
- View the massive Montgomery Reef as it is exposed at low tide, creating a series of waterfalls as the ocean cascades off the expanse.

Derby and the Buccaneer Archipelago

- Take a scenic flight, fishing trip or sea safari to the Buccaneer Archipelago
- Explore art at Mowanjum Art Centre
- Visit the Old Derby Gaol and the Pioneer Cemetery
- Visit the Boab Prison Tree, adjacent to historic Myall’s Bore and cattle trough
- Step back in time at the Wharfinger House Museum.
- Follow the Derby Pastoral Trail from One Mile Camp Boab Dinner Tree to the Derby Wharf
- Take a leisurely stroll along the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and learn about the local bush and how it was used by the Nyikina people
- Check out the Mosaic floor of the Centenary Pavilion
-  Have a round of golf on The Boabs green golf course
- Enjoy the sunset from the jetty or take an evening walk on the tidal flats
- Discover Bungarun (the old Derby Leprosarium) on a day tour
- Take a day tour to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks

Gibb River and Kalumburu Roads

- Four-wheel drive adventure of a lifetime
- Hike through spectacular gorge country
- Spot unique flora and fauna of the Kimberley
- Swim in fresh water rock pool and lagoons
- Fish for a magnificent Barramundi
- Canoeing and camping
- Stay at outback retreats for cattle mustering, helifishing and unique indigenous cultural experiences

Fitzroy Crossing

- Visit Geikie Gorge National Park, cruise the river and learn from Aboriginal guides
- Explore the fascinating Mimbi Caves
- Find a good spot along the mighty Fitzroy River to camp or fish for Barramundi
- Visit an Aboriginal Arts Centre to see local artists at work
- Drive or walk across the original causeway crossing in Old Town

Halls Creek

- Take a scenic flight over the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, Bungle Bungle Range
- Check out Wolfe Creek Crater, the second largest meteorite crater in the world.
- View the China Wall, a sub-vertical quartz rock protruding six metres off the ground
- Enjoy the tranquil scenery of fresh water springs at Palm Springs or Caroline Pool
- Go swimming, picnicking and fishing at Sawpit Gorge
- Visit Old Halls Creek, 16km from the Great Northern Highway, home to the first gold discovery in WA in 1885

Kununurra

- Explore Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park
- Cruise the Ord River, swim, relax and check out the vast array of flora and fauna
- Take a scenic flight over Purnululu National Parks Bungle Bungle Range, the massive Argyle Diamond Mine or the spectacular Mitchell Plateau
- Spend a few days Barramundi fishing on the Lower Ord River
- Cruise the vast inland sea of Lake Argyle
- Visit the town’s many Indigenous and contemporary art and craft galleries
- View spectacular Argyle Diamond collections - some of the finest gems in the world
- Drive out to historic Ivanhoe Crossing, the old concrete causeway over the Ord River. A great picnic spot or try your luck fishing for a Barramundi
- Take in the spectacular view of the Ord Valley from the Kelly’s Knob Lookout
- Take a tour of the town and irrigation area of the Ord Valley
- Swim in one of the nearby waterholes and springs,that are particularly exhilarating in the wet season

Wyndham

- Take a drive to the Five Rivers Lookout and absorb the sweeping views and spectacular sunsets
- Step back in time on the Wyndham Port Heritage Trail walk/drive
- Call into the Wyndham Museum, situated in the old courthouse building
- Visit the Wyndham Crocodile Park, home to over 3,000 saltwater crocodiles
- Take a drive out along King River Road to Moochalabra Dam. Keep an eye open for the Prison Boab Tree and Aboriginal rock paintings along the way.

 

 

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