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Parks, Sites & Trails in The Kimberley

Places To Go in The Kimberley


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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:Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Islands

Description

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.

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

Description

Dampier Peninsula

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

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  • Activities:4WDing,Camping,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Camping Ground,Accommodation
  • 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.

Emma Gorge

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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:Boating,Camping,Walking
  • 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!

Lake Argyle 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.

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.

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

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. 

Mirima National Park

  • (08) 9168 4200

A national park and tourist attraction with over 2000 hectares of spectacular cliffs and natural rock formations.

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

Description

With fascinating rock formations up to 350 millions year old, this majestic natural attraction boasts intricate bushwalking trails and stunning views over the East Kimberley.

Image courtesy of VivShane Adventures

Mitchell Falls

The magnificent Mitchell Falls, or Punamii-unpuu, are an iconic Kimberley landmark and a place of cultural and spiritual significance for the Wunambal people.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

The Mitchell Plateau is one of the most spectacular parts of the Kimberley. The four-tiered Mitchell Falls is on the the most impressive sights in the Kimberley, and it is an essential detour from the Gibb River Road.

Allow four to six hours for the moderate to difficult 8.6 km round trip to Mitchell Falls so that time can be spent at the falls. The walk is over rough country but the track is marked and is reasonably well-worn. If in doubt, walk in close vicinity to the creek. Take care near the many cliffs.

You can stop and view Little Mertens Falls 800 m from the camping area on the way to Mitchell Falls.

 

Mitchell Plateau

You can not go much further north in WA than the positively spectacular Mitchell plateau which features Mitchell Falls. An area rich in Aboriginal heritage. Access is over rough terrain and you must have 4WD with high clearance.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest
  • Activities:4WDing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

All Aboriginal sites are protected so you can not touch the Aboriginal artwork in the area but you can have a look. The most interesting flora in the area is the Livistonia Eastonii palm which grows among the Eucalypt forest.

Molly Springs

A popular tourist attraction, Molly Springs is a small natural pool only 30km from Kununurra.

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  • Natural Attractions:Swimming Holes,Waterfalls
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

A year round attraction, this little pool is an idyllic spot to marvel at the goannas and birds. The perfect place to cool down and feel replenished on your Kimberley adventure!

Parry Creek Road

A picturesque route from Wyndham to Kununurra alongside the Ord River.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:4WDing

Description

A stunning stretch of road, the route journeys passed the must-see Marlgu Billabong and accommodation at Parry Creek Farm, set in the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve.

Suitable for four-wheel-drives only.

Prison Boab Tree

Situated in the outskirts of Derby, a huge and ancient prison tree. An introduction to the conflict between the local Aboriginal people and the pioneer pastoralists in the 1890s.

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  • Activities:Walking

Description

Boab Prison Tree
7km from Derby on the Derby - Broome Highway
This huge tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and has a girth of 14.7 metres. It was used as staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby in the early days.

 

 

The Prison Tree is a registered Aboriginal Site. Visitors are requested to respect the cultural sensitivity of the site and not climb into or approach close to the tree. (See the Boab Prison Tree Interpretative Pavilion located on site for further information).Learn about the Aboriginal outlaw Pigeon.

 

 

Purnululu National Park

The Bungle Bungle Range, in Purnululu National Park, is one of the most striking geological landmarks in Western Australia, offering a remote wilderness experience.

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

Description


From an aircraft, the Bungle Bungle Range is an imposing sight. The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, encased in a skin of silica and algae, are clearly visible as you approach from the south. As you sweep further over the range a hidden world of gorges and pools is revealed, with fan palms clinging precariously to walls and crevices in the rocks.

Helicopter flights are available from the Bellburn Airstrip.

Purnululu attracts visitors for a whole range of reasons; the sheer grandeur of the sandstone massif, watching it change to a golden colour late in the day, walking through some of the marvellous 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, Cathedral Gorge, the Domes Walk, Homestead Gorge, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, Whip Snake Gorge and the Northern Escarpment Walk.

Visitors must carry in all food and water if they are staying in one of the park's two campgrounds (Walardi and Kurrajong). Most visitors camp for several days so it is essential to be well equipped as there is no shop within the park to get milk, bread etc.

Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is the local government responsible for the towns of Kununurra and Wyndham.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

It's one of four Local Government Areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 117,514 square kilometres. We have one of the oldest (Wyndham) and one of the newest (Kununurra) towns in Western Australia. Add to that the largest producing diamond mine in the world, some of the most culturally rich landscapes on earth along with farmers who can sow and harvest a crop without a single drop of rain falling.

The East Kimberley hosted the 'Faraway Downs' location shoot for the Baz Luhrmann film Australia - proudly claiming to be the real home of Australia! Kununurra is the north-eastern gateway to the Kimberley, which encompasses about 420,000 kms of timeless landscapes and diverse land uses.

The Kimberley Region of Western Australia is made up of four Shires: Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley Shire of Broome Shire of Derby West Kimberley Shire of Halls Creek

The major population centres are the towns of Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham. There are also approximately 215 Aboriginal communities, of various population sizes, located throughout the Kimberley. 

Swim Beach

A freshwater 'beach' along the famous Ord River.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Facilities:BBQ,Toilets

Description

A peaceful spot just outside of the Kununurra, the beach is equipped with changing facilities, toilets, and BBQs for a mighty cook-up of the shores.

The Gibb River Road

Follow this road that runs for 670km from Derby to the junction between Wyndham and Kalumburu. Stop at the natural wonders along the way - the true outback experience.

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  • Activities:4WDing
  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

Also worth following is the Kalumburu Road which takes you up to the very northern tip of WA and links the Kalumburu Aboriginal community with the outside world. It is also you access to the Mitchell Plateau area. Be cautious, the roads' conditions vary and its the outback because its isolated. Before heading down the roads, make sure you check weather (dry season from May to November is the safest time to go) and road conditions at the Kimberley Tourist Bureau - even better, buy a Gibb River Road Guide.

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