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Perth is 3150km from Kununurra on
sealed roads and 2380km from Derby.
Take note that, during the wet season,
road closures are often in place if you
head out of the main towns – be sure to
take a 4WD. To avoid closures, it’s best
to travel in the dry season from May to
October. If you’re planning on flying,
you can take a direct flight to Derby,
Broome and Kununurra. From there, it’s
all about private charters or driving.
There is a paid wi-fi service at the
Community Resource Centre in
Kununurra. If you don’t have a laptop,
the Derby Public Library charges for the
use of internet-connected computers.
If you have a laptop, head to Derby’s
Spinifex Hotel for free wi-fi. The Derby
The 1.6km trail to the gorge ends with
a gushing 67m-high waterfall. Do as the
locals do and swim directly to the right
of the bank, where there is a natural
warm spring under the rocky wall.
TIP | You can fill up your water bottle in
flying (fast-moving) water.
ACCESS | El Questro Wilderness Park
via Great Northern Highway towards
Wyndham, with the last stretch on the
Gibb River Road (the last 2km are still
unsealed but fine for 2WD).
BRING | Bathers, hiking boots, water bottle.
The striking black and orange gorge is
carved out of the same ancient reef system
as Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek. It’s
one of the best places to spot freshwater
crocodiles. A lovely campsite overlooks the
gorge with toilets and showers.
ACCESS | Via the corrugated, unsealed
Leopold Downs Road, which can be
accessed by the Great Northern Highway or
the Gibb River Road (April to November).
BRING | Hiking boots, water and supplies.
Walk along the west wall taking in views
of the gorge and Fitzroy River. Look for
fossils in the limestone rocks. Cruise though
the inside of the gorge between May and
October and spot freshwater crocodiles.
Go early in the dry season to see the gorge
brimming with water.
ACCESS | Off the Great Northern Highway,
20km from Fitzroy Crossing.
BRING | Cash for the boat cruise (there
are no credit-card facilities), drinking water
This is considered the best and busiest
gorge. Climb down large boulders and
rocks to a series of beautiful waterfalls.
There’s a camping area with toilets and
showers at nearby Silent Grove.
ACCESS | 30km off the Gibb River Road
(April to November).
BRING | Bathers, hiking boots, drinking
water and supplies.
Wade or use the rowboat to cross the
Manning River, making for an interesting
start to this hike. It can be a long, hot
walk but it’s worth it when you arrive at
the huge gorge. There’s a large campsite
with basic facilities.
ACCESS | Via the Mount Barnett Roadhouse
off the Gibb River Road (April to November).
BRING | Bathers, hiking boots, water
BROKE OR BARRA FISHING COMPETITION
Flex your fishing muscles and sign up to compete in one of the Kimberley’s most
celebrated barramundi fishing tournaments. Various locations, Sep.
THE GIBB CHALLENGE
This team relay takes place over 700km of breathtaking Kimberley landscape from Derby
to the renowned El Questro Wilderness Park. Oct.
KIMBERLEY ORD VALLEY MUSTER
The most exceptional event in the Kimberley. Along with activities and concerts, the Muster
includes the outstanding Durack Homestead Dinner, which each year is prepared by
a celebrity chef. The highlight is the Airnorth Kimberely Moon Experience, a concert
featuring iconic Australian artists with the Ord River as the stunning backdrop. May.
MUD CRAB RACING
Derby’s Mary Island Fishing Club runs this substantially more amusing version of horse
racing. To adhere to the dress code, make sure you’re wearing your very best thongs. Jul.
Grab your frocks, suits and fascinators for remote horseracing. There’s a family day followed
by the Wyndham Cup, a great excuse for a day of banter and betting. Aug.
visitor centre also has wi-fi, as does the
Visitor Centre in Fitzroy Crossing (you
can grab a cup of coffee here too!).
Telstra is as good as it gets for mobile
phone coverage. Regardless of your
network, always tell friends or family
where you are headed, and don’t forget
to call them when you get there.
Larger towns have bank ATMs so be
sure to take out cash if you’re passing
through. Many of the remote businesses
won’t accept credit cards
Bear in mind there are a number
of communities in the Kimberley
where alcohol isn’t permitted. For
information on restrictions contact
the local visitor centre.
Ord River leading into Argyle (photography
Annabelle Sandes, Kimberley Media).
Bell Gorge, one of the only
accessible waterfalls all-year-round
Purnululu, Kimberley (photography Dan Paris).
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