Places To Go in West Kimberley
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Places To Go in West Kimberley
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.
- Natural Attractions:Islands
Devonian Reef is located in the Kimberley region in an area once covered by tropical sea.
- Facilities:Camping Allowed,Walking Trails
- Natural Attractions:Lookouts
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.
One of the the Kimberley's most unusual sights is the horizontal 'two-way' waterfall of Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago.
- Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Unique Wonders,Waterfalls
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.
- Natural Attractions:Gorges,Points of Interest,Swimming Holes,Waterfalls
- Facilities:Camping Allowed,Toilets,Walking Trails
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Natural Attractions:Points of Interest
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.
180km creek in the Kimberley.
- Natural Attractions:Unique Wonders
Site of the death of Aboriginal outlaw, Pigeon in 1897.
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Astounding beauty of the Kimberley. 350 million year old Devonian reef which rises above the plains.
- Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
Easy walk 3.5km walk trail through the gorge takes you past fossilised flora and fauna around millions of years ago. 4WD tours are available from Derby and Broome. The gorge has an airstrip.