Discover a 40,000-year-old culture and its 350-million-year-old secrets.

Many of the Kimberley’s highlights can be reached by taking sealed Highway 1 from Broome to Kununurra. Along the way, you’ll meet some friendly Aboriginal locals keen to share their culture and country, from Geikie Gorge to the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park.

Best time: May to October


  

Highlights:

  

Cable Beach, BroomeCable Beach, Broome

Day 1:

Morning: Perth to Broome

Jumping on a direct flight from Perth will get you to Broome in just two and a half hours, and flights depart daily. Regular direct flights to Broome are also available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

        

Afternoon: Broome

Soak up the beauty of Broome’s world-famous Cable Beach – a 22-kilometre stretch of pristine sand and clear turquoise waters – and end your first day watching one of the most unforgettable ocean sunsets from a Cable Beach camel train.

Catch a movie at Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world, or take a star-gazing tour of Broome’s breathtakingly clear night skies.

You can opt to extend your stay in the exotic pearling port of Broome and sample more of its fusion flavours and melting pot of cultures.



Fitzroy River, Geikie Gorge National ParkFitzroy River, Geikie Gorge National Park

Day 2:

Morning: Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

Take the Great North Eastern Highway (Route 1) east of Broome, for the four-and-a-half-hour journey across the Roebuck Plains to Fitzroy Crossing.

        

Afternoon: Fitzroy Crossing

Explore one of the oldest occupied locations in Australia and discover a major centre of Aboriginal art and culture.

Keen anglers shouldn't miss this opportunity to experience some world-class river fishing on one of the largest rivers on Earth.

Choose from motels and caravan parks for your overnight stay.



Geikie Gorge National ParkGeikie Gorge National Park

Day 3:

Fitzroy Crossing to Geikie Gorge

Just 20 kilometres north of town lies Geikie Gorge National Park.

Join the local Bunuba people for an insightful river cruise and cultural tour, exploring the 30-metre deep gorge, fossilised ancient lifeforms and native wildlife, including freshwater crocs.



Mimbi CavesMimbi Caves

Day 4:

Morning: Fitzroy Crossing to Mimbi Caves

There are as many as 20 significant cultural sites surrounding the historic town of Fitzroy Crossing, including the Gooniyandi rock art of Mimbi Caves.

Pre-book an Aboriginal tour and take the 90-minute drive east to this labyrinth of caves, where your guide will reveal its cultural significance and stories.

 

Afternoon: Mimbi Caves to Halls Creek

Your onward journey east to Halls Creek will take around two hours and brings you to the gateway to two extraordinary natural wonders - Wolfe Creek Crater and the Bungle Bungle Range.

Stay a night or two at Halls Creek's Hotel, motel or caravan park.



Wolfe Creek CraterWolfe Creek Crater

Day 5:

Halls Creek to Wolfe Creek Crater

From Halls Creek, you can opt to take the unsealed road south to Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. Measuring 880 metres across, it’s the second largest meteorite crater in the world.

You’ll need a full day for this detour, and a 4WD is recommended. But there is a quicker route - take a scenic flight from town. You'll also be whisked north to get an eagle's eye view of one of the most curious ranges on Earth - the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park.



Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National ParkCathedral Gorge, Purnululu National Park

Day 6:

Halls Creek to Purnululu National Park

There are a number of day and extended 4WD tours from Halls Creek to Purnululu National Park that will show you the cavernous Cathedral Gorge and other highlights of this 350-million-year-old landscape.

For self-drivers, the park entrance is a 160-kilometre drive from Halls Creek, with the remaining 52 kilometres on unsealed road (4WD recommended).

Camping facilities are available inside and outside the park, as well as glamping options.



Lake Argyle, KununurraLake Argyle, Kununurra

Day 7:

Morning: Purnululu National Park to Warmun

Break the last stretch of your journey with a visit to the Gija Visitor Centre in Warmun, which displays the traditional and contemporary art and craft work of local Aboriginal artists.


Afternoon: Warmum to Kununurra

On arriving in the east Kimberley hub of Kununurra, meaning ‘big water’, you’ll soon figure out how it earned its Aboriginal name when you take a cruise of the Ord River and Lake Argyle – the largest man-made lake in the southern hemisphere.

Stay a night or two in Kununurra to discover the region’s abundant wildlife and some of the best river fishing in the North West.

Direct flights to Perth are available from Kununurra, or you can choose to extend your outback adventure.



Important Travel Information

Check road conditions before you depart each destination, as roads can be closed during the wet season (November to April).

This route takes you through some isolated outback areas.

Make sure you carry plenty of water, food and fuel supplies.

Also note that LPG auto gas is not available in all regional areas.

In the event of a breakdown, stay with your vehicle – it’s easier to find than an individual.

Wildlife and cattle can create road hazards, particularly around dawn and dusk.

Take extra care when overtaking road trains (large trucks towing up to three trailers), they can be over 50 metres long and 2.5 metres wide.



Trip Details

START: Duration: REGION(S):
Perth 7 days The North West

Distances:

Perth to Broome

2239 km (by road)

Broome to Cable Beach

4.5 km (one way)

Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

396 km

Fitzroy Crossing to Geikie Gorge

20 km (one way)

Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

289 km

Halls Creek to Wolfe Creek Crater

151 km (one way)

Halls Creek to Purnululu National Park

212 km

Purnululu National Park to Kununurra

252 km

Kununurra to Perth

3201 km (by road)

Total Distance

6940 km

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