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Things to do in the Kimberley


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The Kimberley is a unique and ancient land, an immensely spiritual place offering adventure, old-word luxury and experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. It has something for everyone, from backpacking and off-road camping to $1000 per-night boutique accommodation, heli-tours and cruises to some of the world͛s most remote and least visited travel destinations.
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For most travellers, Broome is their gateway to the Kimberley. Balmy warm weather, beautiful beaches, friendly and relaxed locals and plenty of fun places to eat and drink make it a popular weekend or week-long break from winter in Perth. It has a fascinating history as a wild-west town with a difference – it was pearl shells, not gold, that caused the rush to this red dirt town on the most remote coast in the world. It is WAs original melting pot and many of the locals today are a mix of European, Japanese, Chinese and local aboriginals who have worked and lived together since the 1800s.

The rest of the Kimberley is enormous, bigger than most European countries. The entire Kimberley, including the western outback and Kimberley coast, covers 423,517sqkm. It is three times the size of England and approximately the size of California. Of its 40,000 people, at least half are of Indigenous descent.

You only get perspective by taking a flight and viewing the geometric matrix that makes up the rugged Kimberley plateau from above – red curtains of sedimentary sandstone atop green escarpments, before low-lying ranges that, 1.8 billion years ago, were as big as the Andes. Thirsty black rivers rest in deep groves across golden savannah plains, the residueofan ancient inland sea. A haze of peachy pink dust covers everything.

In the heart of the Kimberley is a gigantic man-made lake: Lake Argyle and the olive-green Ord River feed a bed of huge orchards and a town, but for all that, Kununurra is still a small green patch on a massive red landscape.

The woodland savannah seems almost alien. The ground is littered with white boulders, long-vanished mountain ranges; spinifex fronds glisten in the sun, short black gums rise from the grass and boab trees form eerie silhouettes when a vehicle has kicked up a cloud of dust. When temperatures get up into the 40s, it’s an event to see a cloud in the sky.

But then there are the Kimberley’s famed gorges – sheltered and green, with pockets of monsoonal rainforest. In the Wet, it rains for a few hours then stops –it’s never incessant. The heat and humidity is intense but the sheer drama is amazing: waterholes fill and overflow; the boabs areinleaf; spectacular thunderstorms light up the sky; and waterfalls gush from the escarpments.

The climate changes each six to eight weeks as trees flower, attracting ephemeral lorikeets, honeyeaters following the blossom trail, and water birds after the rain. Plenty of birds are endemic to the Kimberley – like the startlingly cute, rare Gouldian finch.

A place like this is a refuge for a diverse and fragile wildlife, from wallaroos and reptiles, to shy, short-eared rock wallabies. Packs of dingoes howl on either side of the Pentecost River by night, freshwater crocs roam the inland rivers, and salties thrive up north on the mangrove coast. Tough Brahman cattle have their own legacy, out on gigantic stations.

While DIY travel is possible, tours are a great way to get a better understanding of this vast land or, at the very least, do your research and avail yourself of the advice of the locals. It’s a beautiful yet vast and potentially dangerous land to be treated with respect and awe it des

Getting there and around

Distance from Perth to Broome is 2239km and 3150km to Kununurra, all on sealed roads. Direct flights are available from Perth and Melbourne and some flights are available direct from overseas, but may vary with the seasons and need to be checked in advance. You can also take a direct flight to Derby and Kununurra. From there, it’s all about private charters or driving.

Weather

The Yarawu people identify six seasons, but in a nutshell, Broome activity is defined by the dry season (May to October) and the wet season (November to April).

In the Dry, skies are blue and temperatures range from 20ºC to 30ºC, with low humidity. From mid-June to mid-August is peak season; all attractions are usually open but make sure you pre-book any tours. The wet season brings heavy, short downpours in the afternoons or evenings, and high humidity. 4WD tracks close, and many businesses scale back. But there’s plenty to love, including cheaper accommodation. Watch the storms roll in from the clifftops at Gantheaume Point, and take a scenic flight or hovercraft tour to see rivers become inland seas.

Places to stay

Broome has a range of accommodation from caravan and camping to 5-star luxury. Kununurra offers plentiful accommodation, including caravan parks, hotel/motels, resorts, backpackers, B&B and self-contained apartments. Most tour companies will pick you up from your accommodation. Out of town, you’ll find outback camping, station stays and remote coastal safari camps.

Halls Creek is the ideal place to set up camp and explore the East Kimberley landscape, including the Purnululu National Park, the Wolfe Creek Crater, and the China Wall.

Image credit: Windjana Gorge – Tourism WA

Guides

Guides


1861 Restaurant And Bar

Open for Breakfast and Dinner, 1861 Restaurant & Bar offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, complemented by a delicious selection of food choices.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 5:30am to 9:00pm, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:30am to 9:30am, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Takeaway,Accommodation,Function Venue,Licensed

Details

  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Restaurants:Australian - Modern
  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

1861 Restaurant & Bar serves up breakfast and dinner daily, with a scrumptious selection of starters, mains and desserts that are sure to tantalise the taste buds.

Asian Noodle

Broome's best Asian takeaway at great prices! Come in and choose from a tasty selection today.

  • Open Days/times:11:30am to 9:00pm daily
  • Facilities:Family Friendly,Takeaway

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Asian Fusion,Cafe Dining
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Asian Noodle is located in the heart of the Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre and loves to serve authentic asian style noodles to busy customers.

Bali Hai Restaurant And Cafe

The Bali Hai Cafe captures the essence of Broome.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Friday 5:30pm onwards, Weekends 8:00am onwards
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Catering,Family Friendly,Open Past Midnight,Private Rooms,Accommodation,Function Venue,Licensed

Details

  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining
  • Breakfast:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

<p> Fresh produce and other high quality ingredients are used to create delicious food with an Asian twist.</p> <p> Enjoy the fresh breeze at sunset while you relax in the alfresco deck area or spend time in the cool of our air-conditioned café.</p> <p> The relaxed contemporary restaurant can also cater for weddings, conferences and functions. Bali Hai Café offers a delightful culinary experience to share with your friends and family</p>

Bluey's Place Fish And Chips

Located on the edge of Chinatown, Bluey's Place has been cooking up the best fish and chips in town for over ten years.

  • Open Days/times:Wed-Mon, 11:00am- 2:00pm, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Home Delivery,Takeaway

Details

  • Lunch:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Wednesday
  • Dinner:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Fish & Chips
  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

<p> Wrapped in paper like takeaway fish and chips should be, you can also sit and watch the world go by in our alfresco area. We can guarantee that you will get the best fish and chips in Broome.</p> <p> We offer a range of fish that is freshly battered, crumbed or grilled, as well as your usual tasty favourites like calamari rings, crab sticks and prawns.</p> <p> So whatever you and your group of mates are feeling like, we can cater to your needs in store today.</p>

Boulevard Cafe Broome

Where the locals meet to eat!

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 2:30pm
  • Facilities:Catering,Family Friendly,Takeaway

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining,Australian - Modern
  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

With daily specials and a great menu to choose from, you won't regretcoming to the Boulevard Cafe. We've been serving the Broome locals great food for years, and prode ourselves on our customer service.

Broome Courthouse Weekend Markets

Broome Courthouse Weekend Markets - Arts, Food and Fun!

  • Open Days/times:Saturday and Sunday

Details

  • Breakfast:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Broome Courthouse Markets are held in the beautiful Heritage listed gardens of the Broome Courthouse.

Started over 25 years ago by a small group of locals wishing to trade local product, they have grown to become a major tourist attraction in Broome and host up to 115 creative stalls over the Dry Season.

Trading every Saturday all year and Sunday from April – October, the local markets attracts visitors from far and wide. 

Broome RSL

The Broome RSL Club is committed to providing a place to call home for service and affiliate members and their guests. We are proud to provide quality service to Broome residents and visitors.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday to Sunday, 12:00pm onwards
  • Facilities:Catering,Family Friendly,Takeaway,Function Venue,Licensed

Details

  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Lunch:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Restaurants:Pub Food

Description

&lt;p&gt; The Club provides family friendly facilities and licensed premises for members and their guests.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; With a classic Aussie menu and nightly specials, come down for a drink and a Sunday roast!&lt;/p&gt;

Broome Wellness Bar

Fresh and amazing food every day!Come down and see us today for good food, good vibe, good health.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Takeaway

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining

Description

&lt;p&gt; If you have a sweet tooth why not try one of our guilt free sweets that are made up of nuts, seeds, fruits, coconut oil and herbs. Perhaps a slice of Mixed Berry Cheesecake and organic nut mylk coffee for breakfast or morning tea? Maybe Mango Cheesecake or Lemon Coconut Tart will tickle your fancy.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; For a quick pick-me-up we have some gorgeous slices to take on the run full of cranberries, protein, dates, coconut, sprouted buckwheat, cacao nibs&hellip; the list is too long but you catch the drift &ndash; all good, all healthy.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; We have many sprouted salads, wraps and delicious and nutritious vegetable curries to feed your body, mind and soul. The smoothies and juices we have on offer are bursting with goodness and the taste keeps people coming back for more &ndash; Imagine bringing lunch back to the office that looks and tastes like this!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Your energy levels will dramatically increase &ndash; we really are what we eat. Our award winning organic coffee is stunning and you will leave here a very happy camper &ndash; guaranteed.&lt;/p&gt;

Cable Beach General Store And Cafe

Breakfast, lunch, groceries and mini golf! A one stop shop for everything you need for a great day with family and friends.

  • Open Days/times:Daily 6:00am to 8:00pm
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Catering,Family Friendly,Home Delivery,Takeaway

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining
  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

&lt;p&gt; Open for breakfast from 6am daily. Great coffee, fresh juice, big breakfast menu!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Freshly-made rolls, wraps, Turkish rolls, salads - also cakes, muffins and tarts. Burgers and Fish & Chips available all day every day!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Essential groceries, fruit & veg, toiletries, sunscreen, beach gear, ice, bait, newspapers & magazines.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Heaps of fun for the whole family! Mini golf open from 6am-8pm daily.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Come and say Hi to our friendly kelpie, Jinx&lt;/p&gt;

Cairo Cafe

Cairo Cafe is a proudly owned WA business. It is a family owned Middle Eastern authentic food heaven.

  • Facilities:Licensed
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm

Details

  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining,Middle Eastern

Description

The combined culture and experience of its founders promises those who are passionate about authentic food an unforgettable nutrition experience. Cairo Cafe was found by a group of class mates who grow up alongside the famous Nile River of Egypt. In 2006, founders chose Australia as their destination to show class their magic and expose other cultures to their food at this uniquely multicultural spot on Earth. Their first business started in the beautiful Kimberly region WA in Derby in late 2012.

Cairo Cafe has also been operating in Broome since mid 2014 and Canning Vale since mid 2016. Cairo's menu is all about healthy (yet delicious) nutrition. It has a large variety from home made traditional Mediterranean dishes to strictly authentic Middle eastern cuisine. Vegetarians and vegans will also have numerous options to choose from on the menu, in addition a number of gluten free dishes.

Captain Murphy's Irish Pub

A classic irish bar to get you rowdy for any occasion!

  • Open Days/times:Daily 12:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Bars & Clubs:Irish,Pub
  • Facilities:Private Rooms,Takeaway,Function Venue,Licensed

Details

  • Dinner:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Restaurants:Pub Food

Description

&lt;p&gt; Come join us at Captain Murphy&#39;s for a delicious Irish feed,&nbsp;complete with fun events, big screen&nbsp;and drinks to give you a fantastic pub experience.&lt;/p&gt;

Cichetti Club

‘Cichetti’ is tapas with a Venetian twist. Enjoy small share plates, a glass of wine and beautiful conversation with loved ones.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Accommodation,Licensed

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Italian
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

&lt;p&gt; The Cichetti Club is all about coming together to share a modern Italian meal with heart and flavour. Coffee is available from 8am daily.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Please note Cichetti Club will be closed 1 March - 8 April 2019.&lt;/p&gt;

Club Restaurant - Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Dine in an opulent setting amongst paintings from our extraordinary collection. Club Restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.

  • Facilities:Alfresco,Private Rooms,Wheelchair Access,Function Venue,Licensed,Takeaway

Details

  • Dinner:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Type:Restaurant

Description

Dine in an opulent setting amongst paintings from our extraordinary collection. Club Restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.

Cornerside Cafe

A small cafe in the heart of Kununurra, specialising in great coffee and healthy, modern Australian brunch.

  • Open Days/times:Monday-Friday: 6:30am-3:30pm. Saturday: 7am-1pm. Sunday: closed

Details

  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining,Australian - Modern
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Bar & Restaurant

Shell is Cygnet Bay's licensed restaurant - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an air-conditioned dining room overlooking the water, an al fresco area and swimming pool.

  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Licensed,Waterfront

Details

  • Type:Restaurant with Bar
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Breakfast:Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Restaurants:Australian - Modern

Description

Shell 

Opened at Easter 2015, Shell is Cygnet Bay’s new licensed restaurant. Shell reflects Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm’s heritage and current operations, referencing our past as pearlers involved in the collection of pearl shell, our present as cultured pearl farmers and our location, overlooking the Shell Island in the waters of Cygnet Bay. The dining room at Shell recalls Broome’s old pearling master residences, and provides an elegant, air-conditioned venue alongside our swimming pool and al fresco dining area.

Shell is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides the option to taste an unusual delicacy - pearl meat fresh from the farm! In fact, our Pearl Pasta is one of the most popular items on our menu.

For bookings and more information please contact our reservations team on (08) 9192 4283, or email [email protected]  

Accommodation and tours

To make the most of your visit to Shell, why not stay overnight to take a short break? Accommodation is available in en suite Safari Tents, private campsites and rustic cabin accommodation. As a working pearl farm Cygnet Bay is uniquely placed to offer visitors a true insight into the cultured pearling industry on one of our pearl farm tours, or explore the Kimberley Coast on our Giant Tides Sea Safaris!

Pearl jewellery by Cygnet Bay combines naturally beautiful pearls from our farms with quality design and craftsmanship to create a range of exquisite pieces to suit your personal style. Browse our collections at our pearl farm and Broome showrooms, and let our expert staff help you find the perfect pearl jewellery for you.

Getting here...

Cygnet Bay is easily accessible from Broome by road or air. For a self drive break, hire a 4WD to explore the Dampier Peninsula. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is on the Cape Leveque Road just 15km from Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. The first 90km of the Cape Leveque Road is unsealed, and the remainder of the road is sealed.

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm also has its own airstrip and welcome arrivals by private aircraft or charter.

Transfers are available via 4WD and air, ask our staff for more details! 

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