In this article, we’ll cover some of the top attractions and things to do in Broome and the Kimberley. The Kimberly region attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to discover the history, wildlife, and nature. Tours to the Kimberley’s from Broome this winter and you’ll be in for the adventure of a lifetime. The Northern corner of Western Australia is popular with tourists during the winter months as it tends to be the dry season.
Things to do in Broome and the Kimberley
The distance for Tours to the Kimberley from Broome in winter 2019 is 9,749 kilometers. Sit back and enjoy everything while on tour this winter.
The Kimberley is Western Australia’s sparsely settled northern region. It is home to only about 40,000 people, nearly half of whom are Aboriginal. Just about everything here is rare and remote, from rock formations that are two billion years old to luxury Outback retreats. The region also contains thousands of tropical forest-topped islands, towering ochre cliffs, flat waterfalls and rock art galleries that scientists believe may be the oldest in the world.
The mostly unsealed (unpaved) Gibb River Road runs 660 kilometers through the region’s heart, passing by Windjana Gorge National Park, which has towering limestone cliffs and pools where freshwater crocodiles gather.
The main attractions of Kimberley include the 1000 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Also, Horizontal falls, Bungle Bungles, Boab Trees, Chamberlain George, Rock Art galleries and Cape Leveque.
The 1000 Islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago
There are few sights more spellbinding than the Buccaneer Archipelago’s 1000 rocky islands emerging from a corn flour blue ocean. A tie-dye color scheme of grey, white and faded orange is topped with tufts of tropical growth. Showing that where there is extreme age, there is also youth. A beautiful trip with Buccaneer Explorer flies you over the islands. To truly fall in love, take a four-night discovery cruise aboard a luxury houseboat. It’s equipped with a helicopter and speedboat, to reach those unreachable places.
The extremes of Mother Nature are revealed at Horizontal Falls, where tons of water squeeze through a gap in twin mountain ranges. The Kimberley’s tropical tides are some of the biggest in the world rising and falling by up to 13 meters (43 feet). Therefore result in these remote, flat, whitewater rapids that can be experienced from , above or, if you’re game, from the surface . The jet boat ride through the churning falls is one heck of a thrill.
The Ancient Domes of the Bungle Bungles
These towering, tiger-striped, rock formations eroded into beehive-like domes. They emerge from an otherwise flat landscape like sunflowers leaning skyward to the light. They’re part of the 360-million-year-old Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Purnululu National Park. This grand expanse, which also harbors sacred Aboriginal rock art, was only “discovered” by Europeans in the 1980s. Tour the Bungle Bungles on foot or from the air.
Purnululu National Park
The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The sheer grandeur of the sandstone massif, watching it change to a golden color late in the day. Walking through some of the marvelous gorges, and for the really well-prepared, a walk along Piccaninny Creek for an overnight camping experience. Other walks include the Echidna Chasm Walk, Mini Palms Walk, the walk to Kungkalanayi Lookout. Explore Cathedral Gorge, the Domes Walk, Homestead Gorge, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, Whip Snake Gorge and the Northern Escarpment Walk are some attractions.
The Kimberley’s boab trees come in so many shapes and sizes they almost take on individual personalities. Related to Africa’s baobab, the boab resembles a bottle, with a wide base and thin neck that leads to a tangle of branches, like a messy hair-do. Aboriginal lore has many dreaming stories to explain their unusual look. Boabs dot the Outback along the ibb River Road, but can also be seen in the grounds of Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa out the front of Kununurra’s Kimberley Grand Resort and lining the main street of Derby. You can eat the nutritious boab tuber (root) at some cafés, in season.
Rusty Red Chamberlain Gorge
In the afternoon sun the flaming red wall of rock seems to rise with every meter of the three kilometers (1.9 mile). The boat journey along Chamberlin Gorge’s pancake flat waters. The escarpment can be found at an Outback station, El Questro Wilderness Park, and the guided cruise is an essential part of any stay. Peer over the boat’s edge to see cheeky archer fish that spit water at your fingertips. They’re aiming at what they think is prey.
Tours to the Kimberleys from Broome winter 2019 will take you to the home of some of Australia’s most spectacular rock art, believed to be the oldest in the world. At Freshwater Cove, a remote beach destination also known as Wijingarra Bard Bard, you can walk through the bush. Experience sweeping rock galleries with an Aboriginal custodian and hear the dreaming stories firsthand. Reached via a scenic flight, onsite cabins allow for one or three night stays that include meeting indigenous artists. Also you can visit sacred rock formations and participating in a traditional farewell smoke ceremony.
The Dramatic Colors and Indigenous Culture of Cape Leveque
A couple of hours drive on a red dirt track heading north of Broome, at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, is Cape Leveque. Here, you’ll find ochre cliffs, white beaches and highlighter Blue Ocean. For many, this is a special place to retreat from the everyday busy world and get back in touch with nature. Aboriginal communities cluster between tropical bush and curling estuaries. The Bardi Jawi people run Koolijaman, a wilderness camp. That combines real-bed, safari tents with simple cabins and campsites, cultural tours, equipment hire and a Restaurant.
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