Fly, drive or hop on a bus, getting to the North West is easier than you think.
A growing number of direct interstate flights and cheaper services between Perth and Broome means that it is easier than ever to visit Australia's North West.
If you are thinking about driving, the Kimberley & Pilbara make up the ultimate Australian road trip. The direction does not matter, the scenery is spectacular every way.
The North West is well serviced by a number of carriers, with Paraburdoo, Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Derby and Kununurra all receiving jet flights from a number of carriers out of Perth including Qantas, Virgin, and Airnorth. The full flight schedule, and the destinations to which they fly, can be found on their websites.
Airnorth services Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, and Karratha from Darwin.
Qantas provides seasonal direct flights to Broome from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as daily connections through Perth all year.
Qantas schedule of direct flights from the East Coast to Broome for 2019
Melbourne - Broome
Wednesdays 1 May - 2 October
Fridays 31 May – 30 August
Saturdays 22 June – 20 October
Sundays 31 March – 20 October
Sydney - Broome
Tuesdays 30 April – 8 October
Saturdays 6 April - 12 October
Brisbane – Broome
Sundays 2 June - 25 August
Flights from Overseas
There are daily flights to Perth Airport from major international hubs. These flights connect to all major towns within Australia’s North West. Virgin provides weekly flights from Port Hedland to Denpasar, Bali.
In June 2019, fly direct between Singapore and Broome in Western Australia with SilkAir. Four return flights will operate on; 13, 17, 20, and 24 June, and will run at the same times each day. Further details here.
Kununurra is the eastern gateway to Australia’s North West and is accessed via the Victoria Highway which links with the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory. The unsealed Tanami and Duncan Roads link Alice Springs, in central Australia, with Halls Creek in the Kimberley.
If you are visiting the Pilbara region access from Perth is via two major sealed roads - the North West Coastal Highway and the inland Great Northern Highway. Travel further north along the Great Northern Highway to Broome, the southern gateway to the Kimberley region. You can also follow the Warlu Way from Exmouth to Broome in the Kimberley. From Broome, take the Great Northern Highway or the unsealed Gibb River Road to head east to Kununurra.
The Savannah Way
The Savannah Way is one of Australia's ultimate adventure drives, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with Broome in the Kimberley, via the natural wonders of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Integrity Coachlines provides scheduled coach services to the Pilbara and through to Broome. Greyhound Australia operates coach services that connect Darwin in the Northern Territory to the Kimberley.
There is a large range of friendly, professional tour operators who will take you to and around the Pilbara and the Kimberley travelling by land, air or sea. Guided tours are one of the easiest and safest ways to travel, you can meet like-minded visitors and explore sights you may not be able to access, or potentially miss altogether if doing your own thing. So, kick back and let the locals show you the sights!