6 Adventure Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss in the Kimberley

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Located on the northeastern part of Australia, the Kimberley is a mosaic of stunning natural environments that will remind you of a time when the world was young. Home to just a little over 50,000 people, this expansive region is the size of Sweden and is composed of a variety of landscapes and water features found nowhere else in the world. From pristine beaches and elegant cascades to majestic gorges and sprawling reefs, the Kimberley has everything you could ever hope for in a true wilderness destination.

In this short guide, we’ll fill you in on some of the most exciting nature adventures and Kimberley tours that you shouldn’t miss when you get the chance to spend your holiday in this region in Western Australia. Whether you’re the rugged, outdoorsy type or you just want to embark on a relaxing tour aboard a trusty vehicle, there are many things that you can enjoy in the Kimberley.

Exploring the Horizontal Falls on a Seaplane

In terms of quintessential Kimberley experiences, the Horizontal Falls is a world unto itself. Once described by Sir David Attenborough as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder,” the Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon that occurs in a break between the McLarty Ranges in the Buccaneer Archipelago. It is not an actual waterfall but a tidal event that happens when powerful tides channeled from the Montgomery Reef many kilometers away rush into the rift, causing the water in the inlet behind the cliffs to rise by more than 30 feet. This seemingly backward flow of water is why the phenomenon is referred to as a “horizontal falls.” It’s a spectacle that is then reversed later in the day when the tide changes and the water flows back out into the sea.

One of the best ways to see the Horizontal Falls is through a scenic flight aboard a luxury seaplane. Tour operators typically offer this alongside exhilarating boat rides through the falls itself.

Walking through the “Beehive” Domes of the Bungle Bungle Range

Nestled in the heart of the Purnululu National Park in the eastern part of the Kimberley, the Bungle Bungle Range is a spectacular land formation that resembles giant beehives. The domes sport unusual striped patterns, which they owe to the sedimentation of sandstone and conglomerate matter over millions of years.

Tour operators typically offer guided walks through the Bungle Bungle wilderness, explaining how the park’s unusual topography came to be, while also offering information regarding the area’s significance to the culture and history of local aboriginal peoples.

Visiting the Willie Creek Pearl Farm

Not all adventure experiences in the Kimberley happen in the most remote locations. A case in point is a tour of the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, which you can have right within the pearling town of Broome. This pearl farm offers the complete experience, providing visitors a comprehensive insight into the dangerous lives of pearl divers of old, as well as a glimpse into what goes on in the modern process of culturing pearls. Visitors can also get up close and personal with two of Broome’s last remaining wooden pearl luggers, plus get the opportunity to take home a piece from the farm’s exclusive collection of stunning pearl jewellery.

Riding Camels on Cable Beach

Framed by red ochre cliffs and the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, Cable Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Broome. And what better way to appreciate the beautiful environs of this pristine, white-sand shoreline than by joining a camel safari? Visitors can ride on the back of a gentle dromedary, and enjoy the sublime beauty of Cable Beach sunsets. You can also ride out at dawn or early in the morning as a way to jumpstart your Kimberley holiday.

Fishing for Barramundi on Ord River

One of the great river systems of the Kimberley, the Ord River is a paradise for both nature lovers and fishing aficionados. This mighty and historic waterway is home to a plethora of wildlife, including flying foxes, wallabies, crocodiles, and a wide variety of birds. The river is also home to the barramundi or the Asian sea bass, a game fish that is prized by anglers for their wild and elusive nature. Here on the Ord River, visitors can join a fishing safari to enjoy picturesque river views and explore the environment in pursuit of one of Australia’s most popular sportfish.

Discovering Dinosaur Footprints on Roebuck Bay aboard a Hovercraft

Broome Hovercraft lets you experience walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs even as you take a scenic tour of the beautiful Roebuck Bay aboard an amphibious hovercraft vehicle! The perfectly preserved footprints of dinosaurs, imprinted more than 120 million years ago in what used to be prehistoric planal forests, now lie in an area that is usually underwater beneath the Roebuck Bay. During low tides, the water recedes to reveal expansive tidal flats, reachable only by air-cushion vehicles. The area is also home to other attractions besides, including the wreck sites of downed WWII flying boats and the wildlife-filled mangrove forests of the Broome coastline.

These are just some of the exiting adventures that await you in the Kimberley. Given the chance, which ones would you like to experience for yourself?

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