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Region size: 424,517sqkm
Distance from Perth: 3469km
The dry season in the Kimberley
(from May to October) is the best
time – in fact, really the only
time – to go. The wet season’s
rains over summer make the
roads impenetrable and the
rivers impassable and most
tour operators head for shelter.
But during the dry, when the
temperatures happily sit in the late
20s and early 30s, the humidity
evaporates and the road conditions
are good (well, as good as you’re
going to get!), you should venture
out there. By late September, the
heat and humidity make conditions
a little more harsh, and by the end
of October most tours, businesses
and attractions have closed for the
season in preparation for the wet
season. Driving the iconic Gibb
River Road is a ‘must do’ adventure
for motoring enthusiasts and a
4WD is needed because of the
high clearance and corrugations
(but if conditions are really perfect,
you can do it in a normal car).
However, even if the roads are
rough, that doesn’t mean you can’t
jump on a plane and fly across this
awesome landscape. In fact, many
places in the Kimberley are only
accessible by air. Check out the
King George Falls and Mitchell Falls
when their rivers and waterfalls are
at their splendid best!
REASONS TO GO
Whether you fly or drive, a visit to
the Mitchell Falls National Park is a
spectacular journey. These multi-level
falls plunge into the Mitchell River and
the walk from the campground (7km
return, about 2-3 hours) is well worth
it. Take in the gorgeous landscape,
cool off at Little Merton’s Pool and
pass Merton Falls along the way. Walk
through rainforest, open eucalypt
woodlands and watercourses.
The Bungle Bungle Range (known as
the Bungle Bungles) is in the World
Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park,
about five hours’ drive from Kununurra.
The visitor’s centre provides maps and
information on the walking trails and
weather conditions. There are basic
bush camping facilities, no showers and
only drop toilets, so bring everything
you need, including plenty of water.
Book yourself on a helicopter tour.
The elusive barramundi is a big fish,
expect them to be between 55cm and
85cm long and throughout the region,
there is a one barra/person limit. Close
to Kununurra, try Ivanhoe Crossing and
the Lions Park boat ramp. Along the
lower Ord River, Skull Rock, Buttons
Crossing and Mambi Island are good
and further away, the Pentecost and
King River crossings. Don’t forget, as
well as barra, crocs live here, too.
A beautiful, isolated and largely
unexplored land of ancient rock forms,
Aboriginal culture, cattle stations and
stunning coastline. Go in the dry (winter/
spring) when even in the busy season you
can literally be the only person for
hundreds of miles.
ENJOY... a stay at a luxury resort with
every need catered for or camp under a
boab and a galaxy of stars. Fly over its
vast beauty or get up close and personal
with some of the world’s oldest land
formations and rock art.
• 10,763,000mL – Lake Argyle’s storage
capacity at the top of the spillway
• 1983 – The Bungle Bungle was
‘discovered’ by a Channel 9 TV crew
• 30 million carats – annual diamond
production at Argyle Diamond mine
• Yellow diamonds from the Kimberley
are now being set in famous jewellery
from iconic Tiffany’s
• In 1881, gold was first discovered
in the Kimberley
THINGS TO DO
The Kimberley | July to December 2010.
The Kimberley insider
A glorious sunset over
the majestic Hunter River.
JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
Expect 30oC through June-July, warm
‘n’ steamy from October to December.
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