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Broome Town Beach

  • 9195 2200

Great beach and host to the 'staircase to the moon' phenomenon

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest
  • Activities:Walking
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp,Cafe / Shops,Pets Allowed,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access

Description

Great location and facilities. You may also spot some wildlife and between the months of March and October- you can see the 'staircase to the moon' which is a natural phenomenon occurring when the full moon rises over the tide. A must see!

Buccaneer Archipelago

A group of remote islands off the Kimberley coast. Great for the fishing enthusiast and nature lover. Flight and boat tours will take you there.

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  • Activities:Walking,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Islands

Description

Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve

  • (08) 9173 1711

White sands, clear waters and great fishing to be found. Travel 151km along the Great Northern Hwy and then 12km to Coottenbrand tidal creek.

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  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Ground
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Take the left turn just before Pardoo Roadhouse. Cape Keraudren marks the start of the Eighty Mile Beach and has fabulous fishing, shell collecting and even mud crabs! If you want to stay overnight there's camping grounds, though fees apply. A boat ramp is available too.

Cape Lambert

The wharf at Cape Lambert stretches for 2.7km, built to a minimum of 17.87metres above the water. It is the tallest in Australia. Wickham is the town site at the Point Samson Peninsula in the Pilbara.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The wharf holds or shares every Australian bulk handling record. Cape Lambert is the site of massive iron ore production and port facilities.

Celebrity Tree Park

A park overlooking the Ord River, famous for its celebrity visits and trees planting.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens,Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Kids Play Grounds,Toilets

Description

Opening in 1984, the park has been graced by the likes of John Farnham, HRH Princess Anne and Harry Butler.

Photo credit to Landi Bradshaw

China Wall

Quartz stone vein which projects above the surrounding rocks. Believed to be part of single largest fault of its type in the world. On the way to Halls Creek, six kilometres from the new town centre.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

Circular Pool

The Circular Pool is attractive all year, both for the falls in winter and the large, tranquil pool in summer. A short stroll leads to viewing platforms and a boardwalk along the edge Circular Pool.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Gorges,Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

<div> Circular Pool is a delightful place to enjoy the forest. You can picnic, marron in season, canoe, take photos or simply breathe in the fresh air. Circular Pool is a popular picnic spot on the Frankland River with rapids in the winter and a large, tranquil pool in summer.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Universally accessible paths lead to two viewing platforms that allow you to look over the Frankland River and down to Circular Pool or into the forest. There is a boardwalk around the pool below and a table is provided so that you can enjoy a peaceful picnic or meditate by the waters edge.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Your safety</strong></div> <div> Slippery rocks</div> <div> Supervise children near water</div> <div> Hilltop Road is located approximately two kilometres east of Walpole on the north side of the South Coast Highway. Follow the signs for about 10 kilometres by gravel road to Circular Pool.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Please note, many of these roads are one way only and are not suitable for caravans.</div>

Dampier Peninsula

Amazing stretches of beach and unique natural splendour. Home to several Aboriginal communities.

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  • Facilities:Accommodation,Camping Ground
  • Activities:4WDing,Camping,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Unique opportunities to stay with some of the Aboriginal communities and join fishing and mudcrabbing tours. (manners of course - do not go onto their property without permission). Also see the historic church built by Trappist Monks in 1918 at Beagle Bay with its inlaid pearl shell interior. Cape Leveque (max four hour drive from Broome) on the northern tip of the peninsula is all rugged cliffs and clear tropical waters

Devonian Reef

Devonian Reef is located in the Kimberley region in an area once covered by tropical sea.

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  • Activities:Camping,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Allowed,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

It is now a protected area of Western Australia and includes three National Parks, the Geikie Gorge National Park, the Tunnel Creek National Park and the Windjana Gorge National Park.

All the parks originated as the Western Australia reef, around 350 million years ago, during the Devonian Period, and now feature rocky landscapes and formation, rich gorges, and plenty of wildlife.

The three ranges cut through the Devonian "Great Barrier Reef" and is now exposed to reveal some of the most spectacular landforms in the Kimberley Region.

Diversion Dam

A tourist attraction of the Kimberley, this dam regulates the water from the famous Ord River.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

An iconic Kununurra landmark, the dam consists of 20 radial gates and is a fascinating display of infrastructure in the East Kimberley.

Emma Gorge

Located within El Questro Wilderness Park the waterfall is a one hour walk (depending on fitness level) from the Emma Gorge Resort.

Details

  • Activities:Gorges,Walking
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest,Waterfalls

Description

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: noto; font-size: 16px;"> The serene surroundings of Emma Gorge waterfall make it a tranquil and relaxing place to swim. An approximate one hour picturesque walk over rocky terrain rewards you with a cool oasis and a 65 metre droplet waterfall, surrounded by cliffs adorned with greenery. Emma Gorge waterfall is also home to the trickle of a small thermal spring. The spring provides welcome warmth while swimming in the bracing waterhole. See if you can find it among the rocks.</p>

Five Rivers Lookout

A lookout boasting a view of the five rivers of the Kimberley at the point in which they combine and meet the ocean.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Facilities:BBQ,Picnic Facilities,Toilets

Description

Located on top of the magnificant Bastion Range at Wyndham, the lookout offer a unique view of the where the Kimberley rivers combine at the Cambridge Gulf.

Fortescue Falls & Fern Pool

Fern pool and Fortescue Falls is one of the most accecible and picturesque swimming spots within Karijini National Park.

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  • Facilities:Walking Trails,Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Located within Dales Gorge, on the eastern side of Karijini National Park,  Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool are easily accessible via a handrail staircase and clear paths.

Walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park’s only permanent waterfall. Just a short distance from Fortescue Falls, you can swim in the refreshing, spring fed Fern Pool.

From Fortescue Falls turn right to Fern Pool or left for the three hour return walk to Circular Pool. Fern Pool is about 10 minutes away and is one of the most picturesque settings in the park.

Hamersley Gorge

Hamersley Gorge resides in the North-west of Karijini away from the other gorges. Full of colour and texture it is a great spot for a bush walk and refreshing swim.

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  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Gorges,Walking

Description

<p> Swirls of rock sweep down through the gorge and waterfalls rush into tranquil pools.</p> <p> There have been improvements to the site including sealed road access to the lower car park, a new constructed lookout, toilet and various infrastructure items.</p> <div> Time: 3 hours return</div> <div> Distance: 1km return </div> <div> Difficulty: High Level of fitness and experience required.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Grade 4 - Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.</div>

Hancock Gorge

Some have described this beautiful trek as the 'journey to the centre of the Earth'. Swim and take in the magnificent views of this incredible gorge.

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  • Activities:Gorges,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,National Parks & Reserves

Description

From the car park, it's a straightforward stroll across to the top of the ladder into Hancock Gorge. If you don't want to descent the ladder, turn back now. 

If you do go down the ladder, proceed carefully past the smooth black rocks and you will be rewarded by arriving at the lovely Kermit's Pool.

Hancock Gorge walk trail:
135 metres, 10 minutes return
Walk to the top of ladder that descends into Hancock Gorge

Hancock Gorge - Kermit's Pool
200 metres, 45 minutes return
 

Harding Dam

Great picnic area and picturesque walking spot 27 kms south east of Roebourne.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Roebourne is the oldest surviving town between Port Gregory (north of Geraldton) and Palmerston near Darwin. Roebourne was named after the first surveyor general in WA in the 1860s, Sir John Septimus Roe. John and Emma Withnall were the first European settlers in the area who went searching for water in the area and discovered many of the sites still around today including the town site of Roebourne.

Hidden Valley National Park

"Three kilometres from Kununurra, visit the sandstone cliffs inside the Park that are more than 300 million years old - often called the "mini Bungles"."

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Horizontal Falls

One of the the Kimberley's most unusual sights is the horizontal 'two-way' waterfall of Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago.

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  • Activities:Boating
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Unique Wonders,Waterfalls

Description

<p> The horizontal waterfall phenomena has been described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.</p> <p> Located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago are the Horizontal Waterfalls. Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide.</p> <p> The Horizontal Falls themselves are reached by tours from the air or sea. The best places to begin your journey are the Kimberley region towns of Derby and Broome.</p> <p>  </p>

Ivanhoe Crossing

A popular attraction allowing tourists to cross the Ord River via a concrete causeway.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Fishing

Description

A major landmark across the spectacular Ord River, the crossing is an idyllic spot to casted a line out to snag some barrmundi, or simply soak up the expanse of river as the sun sets. Depending on road openings and local restrictions, it may be possible to drive over the crossing.

Photo credit to Phil Normandale

Joffre Falls Lookout

Take in the beauty of the stunning Joffre Gorge with fantastic views of the falls and the surrounding landscape.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Waterfalls,Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

<div> On the western side of the park is Joffre Gorge, a spectacular curved waterfall forming a natural amphitheatre. Especially impressive after rain, water cascades down the step-like cliff face to a dark pool and then, as the gorge narrows, the rushing, white waters tumble over smooth black rock. </div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Joffre Falls walk trail</strong></div> <div> Follow the marked route into the bottom of the gorge to the first pool downstream of the waterfall.</div> <div> Distance: 1.5 kilometres</div> <div> Time: 2 hours return</div> <div>  </div>

Karijini National Park

330kms from Port Hedland, situated in the Hammersley Ranges. Explore the awesome landscape and visit Junction Pool for possibly the most spectacular sights. Camping available within the park, fees apply.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Ground
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Karijini National Park

The spectacular sights in Karijini National Park are all the more breathtaking while you’re dangling alongside a waterfall. The Journey to the Centre of the Earth tour is the cream of the crop: abseil down the 40m high Weano Falls, then take the plunge to Regan’s Pool and Hancock Gorge. You’ll be left marvelling at what was more enjoyable… the sights or the challenging abseil. West Oz Active runs the full-day tour during the dry season. Head to its website (www.westozactive.com.au) for times and dates.

Kelly's Knob

Kelly's Knob is a great place to watch a glorious sunset and finish a day off looking around the town.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

It is just over a km out of town and there is a sealed road to the top with a short walk to look over the town of Kununurra, the Ord irrigation area, Lake Kununurra and the Sleeping Buddha!

The walk right to the top is 1.2km round trip and can be quite steep in places and challenging for some people, make sure you take some water with you, or even a coupe of cold beers to enjoy the sunset with!

Knox Gorge

One of the most amazing features of Karijini National Park's complex network of gorges is that they appear out of nowhere and make you gasp in awe. This lookout is no exception.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest

Description

<p> <div> Knox Gorge  is a deep chasm that intersects Wittenoom Gorge just along from the Knox Lookout. Make a point of visiting this lookout late in the afternoon or early in the morning, when the slanting sun rays enhance this spectular panorama.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Knox Gorge walk trail</strong></div> <div> This trail takes you down into the gorge past fig trees which cling to the rock walls. There are rocks to scramble over and pools to swim in.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Time: 3 hours return</div> <p> Distance: 2km return</p> <div> Easy - Suits majority of fitness and experience levels. </div> <div> Bush Walk: Grade 1 - No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.</div></p>

Lake Argyle

72km from Kununurra. An inland sea that covers 812 square kilometres. Ideal for nature lovers who want to see this unique ecosystem.

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  • Activities:Walking,Boating,Camping
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp,Camping Ground,Caravan Site,Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Lake Argyle is your first stop in Western Australia when travelling from the Northern Territory and the last of the Kimberley’s amazing attractions when leaving Western Australia.

The closest town is Kununurra – one of the youngest towns in Australia and a service centre for the East Kimberley’s growing tourism, agriculture and mining industries!

Manning Gorge

Located on Manning Creek in the grounds of the 283,280ha Mt Barnett Station, Manning Gorge is one of the most beautiful and best swimming spots in the Kimberley.

Details

  • Activities:Walking,Camping,Gorges
  • Facilities:Camping Allowed,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Points of Interest,Swimming Holes,Waterfalls

Description

Visiting the gorge involves an adventurous walk of approximately 3 kilometres to the top of the gorge, following the informal trail markers made up of rock cairns, red discs and arrows. The trail begins at the campground, where visitors must first cross Manning Creek to re-join the trail path on the other side. Visitors may swim the 100 metres across, or use the rope-guided dinghy.

The trail follows a route overland rather than along the creek with views over the ranges and savannah woodlands along the way. The terrain is uneven, with some rock scrambling and an incline towards the end. The trail is mostly unshaded, so it is important to bring drinking water and to wear a hat. 

Entrance fees are payable at the Mt Barnett Roadhouse about 7 kilometres from the start of the gorge trail; you can also pay camping fees for the basic campsite at the trailhead there. 

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