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About Kimberley

The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Covering an expanse of nearly 423,000 square kilometers, it has fewer people per square kilometre than almost anywhere else on earth. Broome is the pearl of the Kimberley – an exotic town with a colourful history and a true multi-cultural feel. 2 hours north of Broome is first town to be settled in the Kimberley, Derby. Derby is the main access point to Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge National Park, Tunnel Creek and the small islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. If 4WDing is your thing, then the biggest challenge is the Gibb River Road between Broome & Kununurra. From Kununurra go in search of some of Australia best barramundi fishing; take a scenic flight over Mitchell Falls; or a trip to the unforgettable Bungle Bungle Range at the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Alternatively if you would prefer to just sit back and relax there’s always an unforgettable boat trip on Lake Argyle as an option.

When to Visit Kimberley

The further away from the coast you go the more extreme the temperatures become. On the other hand the humidity decreases, which makes heat more bearable. The Kimberley climate has only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. It's always warm, or hot. July/August is peak tourist season: clear blue skies prevail and the temperatures average around 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 15 degrees in the evening. The shoulder periods of May/June and September/October are also a good time to visit. During the wet season, the peak of which is January/February, it’s wet! Cyclones and Monsoon rains are not uncommon, the Humidity is extreme and even the highways get flooded and cut off.

Getting Around Kimberley

To make the most of your time in the Kimberley’s you will need a 4WD! Either join one of the many experienced 4WD operators, or for the more adventurous you can rent one and make your own tracks. Be sure to have adequate provisions, beware of wildlife (especially at dawn and dusk), and let someone know where you are going. While main routes throughout the region are sealed most of the roads are unsealed (many of which may be closed during the wet season). There is the convenience of an International airport at Broom & regional airports are accessible via charter planes. Seaplanes are also available for quick transport to the remote areas of the Kimberley coast. Luxury tour coaches and 4WD adventure tours all visit Broome from both Darwin and Perth including regular departures from other major towns. Getting around with in the major towns is easy with buses, taxis, and bike rentals.
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