The Kimberley works its magic on all who visit, especially the locals, many who have visited for a holiday and never left.
Here are a couple of 'Magic Kimberley Experiences' from the locals.
Danielle Mobbs from Sacred Earth Safaris
The first time I went to Purnululu NP (aka The Bungle Bungles), I was in awe and took soooo many photos! That hasn't changed. Each and every time I go there, I'm still in awe and I still take heaps of photos - you know, in case this one is slightly better than the 200 exact same photos I already have!
Nicky Bexley - Australias North West Tourism
When we first visited the Kimberley I was only 19, I took a year off Uni (much to my mums disgust) and the boyfriend (now husband) and I packed up the old troopy and hit the road with two fishing rods and a kodak camera.
All the way around the bottom end of Australia everyone told us their own stories about the Kimberley and their favourite spots to camp or fish! We just couldn’t wait to get there!
It didn’t disappoint…
We arrived into Broome early in the morning and of course our first stop was to watch the famous camels on Cable Beach (Yippie, we’d made it!).
We stayed at a caravan park at Cable Beach and watched the frill neck lizards play in the afternoons and fished the mornings and nights off the jetty and the local beaches. The landscape was nothing like we had ever seen before; the red rocks, driving on the beaches and the fishing was even better then we had hoped for!
Oh, to be 19 again!
We slowly made our way around the Kimberley stopping at all the little outback towns along the way fishing and crabbing when we could. I remember on one of our last days in Kununurra we pulled a local family out of a bog and to thank us they took us fishing to the Keep River for the day. We ate fish from the coals and listened to their stories of growing up in the Kimberley. But the best bit of the day was right at the end when I finally caught my first big Barra! Man, what an adventure!
That was 18 years ago now and after living and working back on the east coast for another 10 years we heard the Kimberley calling us once again..
So, we sold our business, rented out our house and packed up the tinnie…
We’ve now been living in Broome for over seven years and not a weekend goes by that we don’t go fishing, camping or just for a Sunday drive to the river (the Fitzroy River) in search of the mighty barra!
PS – as I’m writing this my husband’s hooking up the tinnie as we speak for us to have another magical day out on the Kimberley water!
Mary Blackburn - Australia's North West Tourism
After 5 months on the road travelling Australia, my partner and I finally made it to the Kimberley. The moment we fell in love with the Kimberley was on our first night. We made our way across the WA border from the NT and saw the sign for Lake Argyle. Hearing it mentioned a few times along our travels we decided to make the detour rather than heading straight to Kununurra.
When we arrived we were amazed by the spectacular views over the lake. That afternoon we decided to go for a walk down to the foreshore behind the infinity pool. Once we got to the bottom there was nobody else in sight and we spent the next hour dangling our feet off the jetty/pontoon watching the sunset across the lake with gleeful smiles thinking we cannot wait to explore the whole of the Kimberley... and we are here still 6 months later!