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Broome and The Kimberley

The far north west of Australia is home to The Kimberley Region – a stunningly beautiful, remote and rugged land of extremes and dramatic contrasts. Working cattle stations, gorges and mountain ranges, pristine beaches, ancient rock art galleries, tiny pockets of tropical rainforest, and seemingly endless stretches of outback roads radiate beneath a cobalt-blue sky.

The tropical seaside town of Broome oozes charm and character, offering visitors a fabulous blend of style, cuisine and characters. Originally founded in the 1880’s as a pearling town, Broome boasts an ethnically diverse population of colonial Australian, Aboriginal, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese and European cultures (migrants who came to make their fortune in the pearling industry). Broome also plays host to a number of events including amateur rodeos, the Broome Cup horse race, cultural festivals such as the Shinju Matsuri, Opera under the Stars, and a unique natural wonder known as Staircase to the Moon. For three days after the full moon between March and October, the rising moon’s glow is reflected off Roebuck Bay’s mudflats, creating the beautiful illusion of a staircase leading up to the moon.

A mere six kilometres north of town is CableBeach, one of the world’s most stunning stretches of sand. The beach takes its name from the Submarine Telegraph Cable that was laid in 1889, connecting Broome to Java. It is a popular place to relax in the sun and enjoy the 22 kilometre stretch of beach, with a good variety of water-based activities on offer. Visitors can swim, jetski, sail on a pearl lugger, go fishing, or take part in the daily sunset camel ride along the beach.

Broome’s proximity to the Kimberley makes it the perfect base for touring to the Kimberley Region’s ancient and spectacular landscapes. Scenic flights over the Bungle Bungles, the Buccaneer Archipelago, Windjana and Geike gorges are breathtaking; while Kimberley Cruising rewards guests with outstanding scenic, natural, and cultural experiences. Much of the coastline and rivers are inaccessible by any other means, so cruising delivers a rare glimpse into a land of untouched reefs, waterfalls, gorges, limestone cliffs and ancient art sites. A variety of water and land based excursions provide visitors an up-close experience to treasure for a lifetime.

The Kimberley’s craggy coastline lures travellers to explore the pristine Dampier Peninsula; visit an Aboriginal community at Cape Leveque, and marvel at the horizontal reversible waterfall of Talbot Bay within the Buccaneer Archipelago. Riddell Beach, just south of Broome, offers animal lovers a rare opportunity to watch turtles nest from October to February; while a little further west (260kms further!) divers can explore one of the world’s greatest collection of coral atolls at the Rowley Shoals.

Kununurra’s rich red earth and rugged vistas make it the best base for inland exploration of the East Kimberley region, including Purnululu National Park, the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle, and the Argyle Diamond mine (famous for its pink diamonds). A number of working cattle stations and wilderness camps span over 423,000 kilometres of this remote region, with accommodation ranging from tented cabins to luxurious guest rooms. Guests can try their hand at cattle mustering, fishing, wildlife spotting, or simply relax amid landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.


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