Tourism in the region...
Not only can you experience magical sunrises and sunsets in the Kimberley Region, but you will also have access to a smorgasbord of tourist destinations. Aboriginal people have twelve seasons dictated by what bush food is available; most of the travelling public only recognise two seasons in the Top End – the Wet Season (Nov-April) and the Dry Season. As the road system leading to our most popular Kimberley tourist locations are often closed for long periods of time during the wet season due to flooding, it is accepted that May through to November is the Tourist Season.
Helispirit has an office at the roadhouse site for your convenience.
The Kimberley has long stretches between service stations, so fuel reserves should be well monitored, and spares, water and food should be carried at all times. The roads can be narrow in sections, road-trains can be very long and there is an ever increasing number of bicycle tourists to be considered. As always the animal & bird kingdom relies on your vigilance to prevent unnecessary death and injury.
Kimberley attractions include:
A sample of other Sites of interest in the Kimberley!
Geikie Gorge: is a part of the Kimberley not to be missed. Boat tours during the dry season show off the sheer yellow, orange and grey gorge walls, colourful and abundant wildlife and lush vegetation fringing the Fitzroy River.
The water-streaked walls of Windjana Gorge National Park rise majestically to a height of 100 metres. The best way to see the Gorge is by following the walktrail that winds its way through the gorge.
Derby is the administrative centre for the hinterland region of the Kimberly. It is an ideal base for excursions to the variety of attractions including the ranges, plains, river gorges and the Boab Prison Tree.
The China Wall: The 15 km journey out to Old Halls Creek on the Duncan Road passes the town's two major tourist attractions. A few kilometres out of town is a sign to the China Wall. 1.5 km off the road is a strange limestone formation which rises from a creek up over a small hill. It is a natural formation of white quartz which does look like a small version of the famous Great Wall of China. The stream below is surrounded by trees and in the 'green season' it is an ideal location for swimming.
On the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and the extensive spinifex grasslands of the East Kimberley lies the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater, the second largest crater in the world from which fragments of a meteorite have been collected. The crater is 880 metres across and almost circular.
Caroline Pool: Further on is the Caroline Pool, another popular local swimming spot, which is reminiscent of the gorges along the MacDonnell Ranges in Australia's centre. The river comes between two cliffs forming a deep pool in the gorge.
Broome: The town of Broome was first settled as a port to service the world's largest pearling grounds. Today cultured pearls are still produced and offer the visitors ample pearl jewellery shopping. Cable Beach is a fantastic white sandy beach facing onto turquoise waters.
Kununurra: The town is the Kimberley's Gateway from the east. It offers access to an enormous variety of unique and colourful Kimberley adventures. It is nestled on the banks of the Ord River. Established in 1960 as the centre for the Ord River Irrigation Project. There are lots of attractions in this town such as Hidden Valley National Park, City of ruins and Lake Argyle.
Lake Argyle holds nine times the volume of Sydney Harbour. Australia's biggest body of fresh water (5672 million cu. m) was created in 1971 by damming the Ord River as part of a bold irrigation project. Explore islands by boat, or canoe 55 km down the Ord from the Carr Boyd Ranges to lakes Argyle and Kununurra. The Argyle diamond mine is the world's biggest and one of the most technologically advanced.
Mitchell Plateau: Fifty resident mammal species include the warabi, smallest of our rock wallabies, and the scaly-tailed possum, both unique to the Kimberley. Some 220 bird and 86 reptile and amphibian species further enhance the richness of this magnificent area. Deep narrow gorges with some permanent pools and spectacular waterfalls are etched into the western sandstone area.
Prince Regent River Nature Reserve: Board a pearl lugger or other boat in Derby for access to outstanding scenery of walled gorges, waterfalls, Aboriginal rock paintings and rainforest patches.