Enjoy Holidays in the Historic and Scenic Kimberly Region

The Australian region of Kimberly lies on the north western most area of the continent and features the Timor Sea to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west. The Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts forms the southern border. Archaeologists believe Kimberly received the first human inhabitants over 40,000 years ago. The territory covers over 423,000 square kilometres (163,000 square miles), making Kimberly larger than England and Victoria. The remote, untamed beauty of Kimberly influenced filmmakers to use the region as the backdrop for the movie “Australia,” which starred Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

The Western Coast

Holidays on the western coast offer a wide range of accommodation options in communities that include Broome and Derby. This area remains the perfect getaway destination for those avoiding overly crowded touristy locations. Enjoy shimmering turquoise waters bordered by kilometre after kilometre of powdery, white sand beaches and bright red, rocky cliffs. Ride camels or horses along the beach and witness the optical illusion known as the “Staircase to the Moon.” See ancient dinosaur footprints imbedded in the rocks at Gantheaume Point. Experience Aboriginal culture by venturing to the Gyorn Gyorn. Examine authentic rock paintings dating back tens of thousands of years. Gather around a campfire and watch boomerang demonstrations, hear the rhythmic sounds of the didgeridoo and stories of the elders.

Kimberly Gorges

The Gibb River Road is the famous dirt trail that spans 660 kilometres (410 miles) through the heart of Kimberly. Heading south on the road, visitors find some of the most scenic locations highlighted by a series of gorges boasting swimming ponds and waterfalls. While some journey here for a day of holiday sightseeing, others are particularly fond of the gorges as bush camping destinations. Bell Gorge remains by far the most popular and many believe the most scenic. The breathtaking spot features cascading water falling over U-shaped cliffs and into a deep pool many use for swimming. Massive, flat rock shelves stand on either side of the falls provide the perfect place for picnicking, sun bathing or just hanging out.

Visiting in the early season ensures seeing water flowing through all of the local gorges. Manning Gorge offers a beholding spectacle as water rushes over a series of flat, wide chiselled rock into the pools below. After arriving at the Mt. Barnett Roadhouse, guests drive on toward the campground. From here, well-marked paths direct visitors to the gorge. Besides camping, the location offers a number of outdoor activities that include bush-walking, rock climbing and swimming. South of Manning Gorge lays the Barnett River Gorges. While not as dramatic compared to others having cascading falls, the Barnett gorges along the river provide some of the most picturesque bush camping sites. Camping here does not require a fee.

Purnululu National Park

The southern portion of the park gained notoriety for the unusual Bungle Bungles range that consist of beehive like domes having stripes of colour that changes from orange to black. Starting at the Piccaninny Creek car park, guests embark on the easy journey to the Cathedral Gorge.

Natural Amphitheatre

Explore the Australian Outback to experience the expansive natural amphitheatre and test the strange acoustics. Venture onward via the Domes Walk path and encounter the beehives. Enjoy some time picture taking while climbing rocks, traversing creek beds and investigating the many crevices and gaps. Travelling to the northern portion of the park brings visitors to terrain featuring palm filled gorges and the unique Echidna Chasm rock formation.

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