The stunning Kimberley region is truly one of the last untouched wildernesses in the world. Home to rugged landscape, isolated coastline, towering gorges and abundant fresh water, there is so much so discover when you visit the area. When you choose the Kimberley for your next holiday, it will be an experience that you’ll never forget.
Visitors to the Kimberley region in Australia can expect two distinct seasons – the wet and the dry. The wet season runs from November to April and the region experiences hot, humid weather and monsoonal rains which makes some parts of the Kimberley impossible to access. The dry season runs between May to October and is characterised by very little rain, other than the occasional thunderstorm, and less humidity
When to visit the Kimberley
The dry season provides visitors to the Kimberley region beautiful, warm weather and cooler nights so it’s hardly surprising that this is the most popular time of year for visitors. The lack of flooding during the dry season also means you have access to the stunning sights of the region. While the dry seasons runs between May and October, June through to August are the most sought after months for travellers.
What to pack
Thanks to the delightfully warm conditions when you visit the Kimberley, WA, you won’t need to pack much! Choose lightweight clothing and include a long sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the sun. For cooler nights, include a light jacket or cardigan. For your feet, include reef shoes suitable for water landings and closed shoes for hiking.
The Beautiful Kimberley landscape
The rugged, rocky landscape of the Kimberley means it remains one of the last untouched wildernesses in the world. In contrast to the towering gorges and sandstone cliffs are the abundance of rivers and waterfalls which dominate the region. From the majesty of King George Falls to the ancient Windjana Gorge, the landscape is a sight to behold.
Flora and fauna
The Kimberley is one of the most diverse regions in the world when it comes to its rich array of plant and animal life. Crocodiles, wallabies, echidnas, bilbies, quolls and over 300 species of birds call the Kimberley home. Along the coast, you can expect to find humpback whales, snubfin dolphins, turtles and hundreds of species of fish. When you visit the area, you’ll also encounter the iconic boab tree with its distinctive swollen base.
The Kimberley coastline
The stunning Kimberley coastline boasts turquoise waters and pristine white beaches which are perfect for exploring. Islands dot the waters along the coastline and Bonaparte Archipelago in particular is home to the fascinating Bigge Island and Augustus Island. No visit to the Kimberley would be complete without a visit to the breathtaking Montgomery Reef which seems to rise out of the water at low tide and, of course, the iconic Horizontal Falls.
The Kimberley comes complete with a rich history which you’ll discover when you visit the region. The famous ‘Mermaid’ boab tree shows evidence of one of the region’s earliest explorers, Phillip Parker King, who explored the Kimberley coastline. In Vansittart Bay, you’ll find the remains of a WWII DC3 plane wreck and learn about the miraculous survival of those on board.
Ancient rock art
The Kimberley region is home to some of world’s oldest examples of rock art and it provides fascinating insight into the life and culture of the Aboriginal people who have lived in the region for thousands of years. There are two distinct types of ancient rock art in the region, Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) and Wandjina, and some of the art has been estimated to be an incredible 50,000 to 60,000 years old.
Fishing the Kimberley
If you’re keen to try your hand at fishing in the Kimberley, there are plenty of opportunities for you to land an impressive catch. The most famous sport fish of the region is the mighty Barramundi which can grow up to two metres in length. You can also try your luck with a Threadfin Salmon (another sizeable catch!), Mangrove Jack or the local mud crabs.
Broome acts as the gateway to the Kimberley and this popular holiday destination offers its signature laidback lifestyle. Take a sunset camel ride along the iconic Cable Beach for the ultimate Broome experience and have lunch at the famous Matso’s Broome Brewery. You can also visit some of the resident animals at Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park and find out more about the past at the Broome Historical Museum.
Kununurra is a relaxed town located right next to the Northern Territory border. An oasis of plentiful water and lush farmland, Kununurra is often used as a base for travellers and there is plenty to see and do in the area. When in Kununurra, make sure you check out the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre and the Kununurra Historical Society Museum. You should also head out to Lake Argyle, which is the largest expanse of fresh water in Australia, as well as Mirima National Park.