On the Kimberley coast of Western Australia is one true gem – the historic pearling town of Broome. As the gateway to the remote wilderness of the Kimberley, Broome offers the striking distinction of turquoise waters and sugar-white sands against a backdrop of ochre red rock formations. Traverse the 22-kilometre stretch of Cable Beach by camel to witness the world-famous ombre sunsets. Visit on certain dates between March and October to spy the striking natural phenomenon of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ when the full moon seems to ascend over the water in Roebuck Bay.
Romantic sunsets aside, there’s much to fall in love with in the Kimberley region. Awe-inspiring natural sights are everywhere in this remote part of Australia. Ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point only highlight the feeling that this land has remained untouched for millennia. Centuries-old rock art and cave paintings in the Kimberley hark back to tales of Dreamtime creation.
Visit Purnululu National Park to see the curious shapes of the Bungle Bungle Range and traverse deep gorges and chasms. Head to Buccaneer Archipelago to see the world’s only horizontal waterfalls with a sea safari or scenic flight. And, meander inland to find Lake Argyle, an inland sea teeming with native wildlife and more than 240 species of birds to discover why the Kimberley is such a sightseeing treasure trove.
Inspirations from the blog
The Kimberley isn't known as Australia's last frontier for nothing. The landscape tempts you with its otherworldly beauty, but there are many safety considerations when planning to get up close and personal.
The rock making up the cliffs is old, so old, it predates life on earth. Let that sink in for a moment.
“I can’t see any fossils in any these rocks,” I ask my guide Carly.
“These rocks were formed before there was anything to fossilise,” she replies plainly.
A cruise is not the only way to discover the Kimberley.