Broome is the gateway to the Kimberley.
If you are planning to travel along the Gibb River Road or north along the Kalumburu Road towards the Mitchel Falls or up to the Bungle Bungles the friendly staff at the Broome Visitor Centre will be able to help you organise your Kimberley accommodation, tours and plan your itinerary. Call us on 08 9195 2200.
A journey along the Gibb River Road four wheel drive route is one of the last true outback adventures. Originally constructed in the 1960s to transport stock from surrounding cattle stations, it stretches some 660km from King Sound in Derby to Wyndham.
• Derby – history and scenery. First official town and port in the Kimberley region. Town was gazetted in 1883. Streets are line with boabs as the feature tree. Largest tides in the southern hemisphere. Great to see from the Derby Wharf or use Derby as a step off point to the Buccaneer Archipelago. Prison Boab Tree and Myall Bore at the Derby Common near the intersection of Derby Highway and Gibb River Rd
• Birdwood Downs Station – 20 minutes from Derby. Enhance your spirit.....embrace an ancient boab tree and ride into a spectacular Kimberley sunset. Trail Rides, Ecological Tours, Bungalow Accommodation, Camping.
• Windjana Gorge -Windjana Gorge National Park is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system. Carved by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long with 300 metre-high walls. Freshwater crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the banks. The area is of great cultural importance to the local Bunuba people who once lived there, and was the base for Jandamurra, the Indigenous outlaw who led an armed rebellion against European settlers in the 1890s. Lovely camping spot and great place to watch the sunset as the colours reflect on the cliffs of the gorge.
• Tunnel Creek - Tunnel Creek National Park is Western Australia's oldest cave system. Part of the same ancient Devonian reef system as Windjana Gorge, the cave has been carved by the waters of Tunnel Creek flowing beneath the Napier Range. You can walk 750 metres into the tunnel, wading waist-deep through freshwater pools. The cave features many beautiful formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, and is also home to a variety of bats, olive pythons and freshwater crocodiles. To experience the cave, take a reliable torch, wear old sneakers and be prepared to get wet. Or join a tour with a local Bunuba guide
• Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge– offering unique accommodation or camping 49km off the Gibb, Mt Hart historically was the first cattle station “over the range”. History as well as access to Mount Matthew and Annie Gorge is a great reason to detour off the Gibb.
• Bell Gorge – one of the Gibbs most spectacular gorges and a must see. A deep swimming hole at the base of the 100m high falls.
• Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary – 88km or a 2 hr drive south off the Gibb. Originally taken up as a pastoral lease it has been it has been owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy since 2001. It covers more than 3,000 km2 of spectacular gorges and tropical savannah dominated by the Fitzroy River and King Leopold Ranges. It is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. Popular activities include canoeing down Dimond Gorge and swimming and exploring Sir John Gorge. It is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. Accommodation and camping available.
• Charnley River Station – originally known as “Beverley Springs”, it was the first property to accommodate tourists along the Gibb River Rd. Now managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy as a sanctuary with some area still set aside to run cattle. Camping is still available and access to some gorges on the property.
• Galvans Gorge – a beautiful little gorge with easy access close to the Gibb River Rd
• Manning Gorge – access from Mt Barnett Roadhouse, the campground is along the banks of the lovely Manning River. Great swimming here or walk one hour to the Upper Manning Falls.
• Mt Elizabeth Station – Only 29km off the Gibb, Mt Elizabeth is owned and run by husband and wife Peter and Pat Lacy as a working cattle station. Self guided 4WD tours or join in a guided tour, access to gorges, camping and accommodation in this
• Ellenbrae Station – Only 5km off the Gibb, Ellenbrae is famous for its Devonshire teas in the beautiful gardens of the homestead, Camping and accommodation available
• Home Valley Station – originally a working cattle station it is now owned by Australia’s Indigenous land Corporation who run it as a joint tourism and indigenous training venture. Located in the East Kimberley next to the mighty Pentecost River at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range.. Fish for the famous barramundi in the Pentecost River, meals at the Dusty Bar and Grill, horse riding, cattle mustering, Station and Sunset Tours. Accommodation and camping available
• El Questro – a million acres of pure, rugged beauty it began its life as a pastoral lease in 1903. Its landscape offers outstanding diversity - from rugged sandstone ranges and broad tidal flats, to rainforest pockets, gorges and permanent waterfalls. El Questro Wilderness Park is a unique place, where you'll feel a sense of adventure at every turn. The Station is the base of most tours and offers camping and accommodation. Emma Gorge Resort gives access to the beautiful Emma Gorge and accommodation.
• Wyndham – the town at the eastern end of the Gibb. As the most northerly township in Western Australia (WA), the small settlement of Wyndham has the character and spirit of a true Kimberley outback town. It was established in 1886 when the Halls Creek gold rush began. Situated on the Cambridge Gulf where the King, Pentecost, Durack, Forest and Ord Rivers meet, follow the signs up to the Five Rivers Lookout for an amazing 360 degree view, most spectacular at sunset. Wyndham is surrounded by some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands.
If going northwards along the Kalumburu Road...
• Drysdale River Station - Anne and John Koeyers run some 8000 head of cattle on the million acre working Kimberley cattle station which is 59km north of the Gibb River Rd on the Kalumburu Rd. A great place to fuel up, restock as you are heading north to Kalumburu or the Mitchell Plateau, or use as a base to explore this beautiful region, Drysdale River Station is a destination in its own right. Enjoy one of their famous Kimberley Beef Burger. Flights over Mitchell Falls, Kings Cascade, Mt Trafalgar and Mitchell Plateau available from here. Camping, accommodation, beer garden and Kimberley hospitality.
• King Edward River – camping along the beautiful King Edward River. Aboriginal art sites around this area.
• Mitchell Falls – regarded by many as the most spectacular falls in Australia. This series of falls on the Mitchell River can be accessed by plane, helicopter or drive in by 4WD and walk to the falls following Mertens Creek to view Aboriginal art sites.
• Kalumburu – is WA’s most remote and isolated Aboriginal community and is at the at the end of the Kalumburu Rd. Visit the Kalumburu Mission which turned 100 in 2008, the historic site of Pago or access the beautiful coastline at Honeymoon Bay or McGowan’s Island. Kalumburu is also famous for its art, both Wandjina and Bradshaw or Gwion style. Two permits must be obtained to visit Kalumburu, the first free access permit by contacting the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA), the second entry permit costs $40 per vehicle and is obtained through the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation Office either as you arrive or prior and can be posted.
The Broome Visitor Centre 08 9195 2200.