Travel through billions of years of history to one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth.
Western Australia’s North West offers a true outback wilderness experience.
Home to the unique Bungle Bungle Range and the ancient gorges of Karijini National Park, it’s the only place on Earth where you’ll find a Staircase to the Moon and Horizontal Waterfalls.
Travel to the North West
You can reach the North West in less than two and a half hours from Perth, or make your journey to the wilderness part of the adventure, exploring more than 2,500 kilometres of WA coast by road, or hitting the epic outback 4WD tracks.
Two major sealed routes get you to Broome from Perth, with a total drive time of under 25 hours.
The Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway take you the coastal route (2,363 kilometres). Or you can follow the Great Northern Highway (total 2,240 kilometres to Broome) through outback desert landscapes to Karijini, meeting the Pilbara coast at Port Hedland.
If you're travelling from the Northern Territory, the Victoria Highway will lead you to the east Kimberley hub of Kununurra – gateway to the Bungle Bungle Range.
For a more adventurous route, take the epic Savannah Way, traversing the tropical north from Cairns to Broome; follow the path of the Dreamtime sea serpent on the Warlu Way from Exmouth; hit the legendary Canning Stock Route, from Wiluna to Halls Creek; or the unsealed Tanami and Duncan Roads from Australia’s red centre to Halls Creek.
The North West is well serviced by national and regional airlines, including Airnorth, Qantas and Virgin Australia.
From Perth, you can fly direct to Paraburdoo, Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Derby and Kununurra.
Daily flights connect Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane with Broome, and from Darwin, there are flights to Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha and Kununurra.
You can even make the North West part of an Asian adventure, by flying from Denpasar in Bali to Port Hedland. Get the latest scheduled flight information by visiting the airline websites.
Budget travellers can embark on the ultimate roadtrip by bus, coach or tour, travelling from Perth or the eastern states. Search for Australia-wide coach tours online.
Travel around the North West
Travelling by land, air or water will give you many unique and breathtaking perspectives of one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth. Choose one, or take all three.
One major sealed road, the Great Northern Highway, stretches 1,043 kilometres from Broome in the west to Kununurra in the east, through the heart of the Kimberley wilderness. This puts you within easy reach of key attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range and Geikie Gorge.
To venture beyond, you’ll need a 4WD, and it’s well worth the extra effort to reach some of the Kimberley’s most extraordinary wilderness landscapes and tackle one of the ultimate off-road challenges – the Gibb River Road.
With land travel in the North West involving long distances, seasonal flooding and varied conditions, be sure to check road and weather conditions on the Main Roads WA website and plan your food and fuel stops.
The main hubs of Broome and Kununurra offer car hire. Search online for hire companies.
Tag-along tours in the Kimberley are a great way for those with little four wheel drive experience to enjoy a big off-road adventure.
A wide range of short and extended tours by land, air and sea also get you to the must-see wilderness wonders and reveal some hidden secrets along the way.
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The quick and incredibly scenic way to travel around is by private charter on the Kimberley Aerial Highway – a series of small airstrips connecting some of the region’s most iconic landscapes, station stays and wilderness retreats.
You also have the option to hop on commercial flights between the regional airports of Broome, Derby, Tom Price, Newman, Karratha, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Munjina, Nanutarra, Northam and Sandfire.
Hop aboard a luxury cruise liner or catamaran in Broome and indulge in all the modern comforts as you glide by some of the most striking coastal wilderness on Earth, from the world’s only horizontal waterfalls to the fishing and snorkelling paradise of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
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The major hubs of the Kimberley and the Pilbara can be easily accessed on a budget too. Search for coach tours online.