Backpacking the Kimberley

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    WITNESS THE BREATHTAKING BEEHIVE-LIKE BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE IN PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THE LANDSCAPES, LIKE CATHEDRAL GORGE IN PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    HEAD TO THE SPECTACULAR AND REMOTE CAPE LEVEQUE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    FIND YOUR OWN STUNNING WATERING HOLE TO TAKE A DIP, LIKE MANNING GORGE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Kimberley Highlights

  • Witness the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. The large mounds are orange and black striped, making them look like very large bee hives. They are one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in Australia.

  • Witness some of the most spectacular and remote scenery in Western Australia on the Gibb River Road.

  • See the spectacular Mitchell Falls that cascade over layers of rock into a deep pool.

  • Visit Cape Leveque, which is located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. It is a very remote peninsula, where the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land operate an amazing eco resort in an absolutely stunning location with pristine white beaches and the golden red cliffs.

  • Take one of the many guided tours to see many of the spectacular natural attractions of this amazing region.

About the Kimberley

The Kimberley is a vast area that is about three times the size of England or twice the size of the State of Victoria.

The Kimberley is one of the most spectacular, remote and unique regions in Australia and is only really accessible between May and October by four wheel drive.

The Gibb River Road runs between Derby and Kununurra. Many of the main attractions are located off this road with scenery ranging from intensely coloured ranges and deep gorges to lush rock pools and waterfalls. The majority of the road surface is dirt and gravel construction with only some floodways paved.

You will also be able to access various attractions from the towns of Broome, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Kununurra that are situated in the Kimberley region.

There are so many attractions to see in the Kimberley. Some of the more popular include the, famous "Bungle Bungles" in Purnululu National Park. These are a maze of unusual orange and black striped beehive shaped domes that look like they are from another planet. There are the stunning Mitchell Falls, which are among the most photographed attractions of the Kimberley. Cape Leveque is a spectacular remote peninsula in the far north of the Kimberley, where the traditional owners of the land operate an amazing eco resort.

There are quite a few National Parks in the Kimberley. Some of the more popular include:

  • Purnululu National Park
  • Geiki Gorge National Park
  • Windjana Gorge National Park
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Wolfe Creek Crater National Park
  • Mirima "Hidden Valley" National Park

If you are planning to travel to the Kimberley by yourself. Check out the Kimberley Australia Travel Guide website for a host of information.  

Alternatively, taking a tour is probably the easiest way to explore this spectacular area and see many of the main highlights.

Orientation Map for the Kimberley

View Gibb River Road & Kimberley Region in a larger map