Spreading over the entire North-West of Australia, the Kimberley is a collage of landscapes, from its deep watery canyons to its dramatic outback ranges, hot springs, and pristine coastline, there is so much to do and explore.
Despite being three times the size of Great Britain, the Kimberley is populated by a mere 40,000 people. It’s a place of great food, a rich pearling history, stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches.
The Purnululu (Purnululu meaning sandstone) National Park is home to the Heritage listed Bungle Bungles - a system of orange and black sandstone formations that tower 300 metres over the plains of Purnululu National Park. Made up of sandstone and conglomerates (pebbles and rocks cemented together) it is believed to have been the result of an ancient meteorite crater. The unusual black and orange bandings are a reaction to the different layers of sandstone. The black layers hold moisture and grow dark algal, and the orange coloured bands are stained from the manganese and iron deposits.
You can walk through the Cathedral Gorge or hike along the scenic trail to Picaninny Creek or even fly over the Bungle Bungles at night when the silica and algal encasing the domes lights up from the South.
The Oscar, Dampier and Pilbara ranges are the remnants’ of a 400 million-year-old coral reef. Embedded in the rock face are the fossils of the Gogo fish.
The Kimberley is home to Western Australia’s highest twin waterfall The King George Falls, one of the Kimberley's most photographed locations.
Cutting through the dramatic heart of the Kimberley and into the vast outback is the Gibb River Road. The famous road stretches 660km. The unpaved road hides secret side streets to remote gorges, hidden pools and waterfalls.
The region is deeply entrenched in Indigenous history and culture. The ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion people stand guard of sacred waterholes and have for 30,000 of years.
The Kimberley is spotted with Dreaming tracks and some of the oldest indigenous paintings in the world. It is a deeply spiritual place says Scott Unhango a young Balanggar ranger.
When you come out here, you can sit down and listen and learn from our people and others, throughout the Kimberley ... listen [to] what they got to tell you, and how important the stories are and the land and the people.
The Kimberley is a beautiful tapestry of Gorges, water and billion-year-old rock formations, a landscape that is unique only to Western Australia.
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