5 Must-See Tourist Attractions in the Kimberley, Australia
Combining small country towns with magnificent natural phenomena and World Heritage sites, visit the Kimberley region for a truly remote experience in the Australian desert.
Located in the northernmost part of Western Australia, the Kimberley region is three times larger than England, but is home to less than 30,000 people. With 10 spectacular coasts, sandstone gorges, natural wonders, and mighty waterfalls, here are 10 must-see attractions when visiting remote Kimberley.
Broome is one of the top tourist destinations in Western Australia with several attractions to visit including Cable Beach. Looking as good during the day as at sunset, camel rides on the sand are a popular activity. There’s also the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, the SSJG Heritage Center, and Roebuck Bay. In winter, the moon reflects off the tidal flats at Roebuck Bay, creating a natural ethereal phenomenon called the Stairway to the Moon.
Fly over the Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park
Surprisingly, the unique set of hive-shaped karst sandstone domes of the Bungle Bungle Range were only ‘discovered’ in 1983. However, the orange and black striped domes have been around for approximately 350 million years and have been revered by the local indigenous people for approximately 40,000 years. Consequently, Purnululu National Park was established in 1987 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. One of the best ways to see the Bungles Bungle is through a scenic flight. Otherwise there are local aborigines
Swimming in Lake Argyle
Lake Argyle is the largest artificial freshwater reservoir in Western Australia. Lake Argyle cruises do half-day cruises (with a stop for swimming), sunset cruises to watch the sandstone cliffs of the lake change color, plus fishing and bird-watching excursions. They also offer paddle board, kayak and stand boat rentals. A friendly warning: Lake Argyle has the world’s largest population of freshwater crocodiles from the Johnston River, but they are considered harmless to humans. A final attraction to visit is the infinity pool at Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park, which offers breathtaking views that are thankfully available to everyone.
Walk along horizontal falls
Sir David Attenborough called Horizontal Falls “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Home to one of the largest tidal changes in the world, the crazy tidal currents that push through narrow parallel coastal gorges create this natural spectacle. Located in the isolated Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the best way to experience it is through a seaplane and speedboat tour with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures. The buccaneer
Camp in Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque is the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula and home to rugged red cliffs, which look stunning against white sand and turquoise waters. The best way to experience Cabo Leveque is through Kooljaman, a remote desert camp run by the local Bardi Jawi people. With low-impact accommodation, popular activities in Kooljaman include fishing, snorkeling, self-guided walks, and seasonal whale watching.