Kimberly Western Australia
The Kimberly region is an area of contrast – from sparkling coastline, to rugged bushland, to vast gorges and waterfalls – it is a wilderness that is largely unspoilt by modern development and a snapshot into another side of the Australian outdoors.
The seaside town of Broome enjoys perfect weather for most of the year, and is home to an eclectic art and multicultural scene. The picturesque Cable Beach is the ideal location to watch a stunning Western Australia sunset. Inland, the Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park is a bizarre expanse of huge rocky domes that are best appreciated from the perspective of a scenic flight. On foot, the famous Cathedral Gorge walk leads to a naturally sheltered amphitheatre with rocky ledges for sitting and absorbing the eerie atmosphere and echoing acoustics. Other picturesque walks include the Domes Walk, Piccaninny Creek Walk and the Echidna Chasm.
Some of Australia’s most striking indigenous rock art can be found in the Kimberly Region, including sites at Keep River, the Cockburn Range and throughout the Bungle Bungles. Several tour operators do take groups to some of the more remote ancient rock art sites, whereas modern indigenous works may be viewed and purchased from several art centres around the region in locations such as Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Kununurra. Many of these art centres are run by the Kimberly Aboriginal Artists alliance, ensuring the work is ethically created, bought and sold.