What to do and see in Kimberley Region, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Kimberley Region, Australia including Bungle Bungle Range, Ord River, Horizontal Falls, Cable Beach, Emma Gorge, Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, Mirima National Park, Broome Historical Museum, Norval Gallery, Gantheaume Point.
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1. Bungle Bungle Range

Purnululu National Park, Western Australia 6743, Australia
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5 based on 272 reviews

Bungle Bungle Range

Located in remote Purnululu National Park, these eerie beehive-shaped sandstone domes are striped in orange and black and rise from the floor of Piccaninny Gorge.

Reviewed By Charlotte J - Melbourne, Australia

Despite the rough road in, this place is awesome. The scenery is out of this world, the walks are great and well worth the effort. Take your time and enjoy the scenery - if you can let someone else do the driving (ruin their vehicle rather than yours :)), sit back, relax and enjoy what the Kimberley has to offer.
Hike into Cathedral Gorge, check out the Picaninny Creek lookout, then head up to Echidna Creek for even more excitement with the walk over boulders. And don't forget the Dome walk too. All well worth it.. This is our second trip into the NP and we would come back for more...

2. Ord River

Lakeview Drive, Kimberley Region, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia +61 8 9168 2682
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5 based on 148 reviews

Ord River

Reviewed By Yvonne D - Adelaide, Australia

The 55 km cruise down the Ord River was superb with seeing many crocs, birds, and sharing a wonderful afternoon tea of pumpkin scones, cup cakes and fresh fruit.

3. Horizontal Falls

King Sound Via Derby | Talbot Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay, Western Australia 6728, Australia +61 8 9192 1172
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5 based on 661 reviews

Horizontal Falls

Located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago are the Horizontal Waterfalls. Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide. The twin gaps are part of the McLarty Ranges, which have two ridges running parallel approximately 300 metres apart. The first and most seaward gap is about 20 metres wide and the second, most spectacular, gap is about 10 metres wide. The falls can only be reached by boat or plane

Reviewed By GeorgeandShelly - Sydney, Australia

If you are visiting Broome or Derby in Western Australia, you must book yourself on a tour to see the Horizontal Falls. Words can't explain the scenery around this area and the rush of being in the jet boat riding through the falls. You really...MoreThe Horizontal Falls and the Buccaneer Archipelago is a truly spectacular area of Western Australia, with many options of getting you there between scenic flights, seaplane adventures to charter boat options giving you that amazing cruising option taking scenery along that way.

4. Cable Beach

Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cable Beach

Western Australia’s most famous beach is one of the most beautiful in the world, with turquoise waters and impeccable white sand.

Reviewed By papillon2020 - Brisbane, Australia

A large expansive beach features a lovely grassy area above, as well as a restaurant which looks out over the beach. Sunset is THE time to visit as the colours are extraordinary. Definitely worth visiting if you're in the area.

5. Emma Gorge

Gibb River Road | El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia +61 8 9161 4388
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4.5 based on 339 reviews

Emma Gorge

Reviewed By 188petere - Brisbane, Australia

Travelled out from Kununurra in our mobile home, along bitumen with a short distance of gravel (pretty rough & a couple of shallow water crossings) to reach the Emma Gorge campsite/restaurant.
First stop was to pay the fee to access the Gorge - reasonably priced.
The walk up the gorge was well signposted, relatively accessible, with a few boulders to clamber over. There were a number of walkers of limited fitness who handled the track ok.
At the end of the gorge, there was a beautiful cool waterpool being fed by both a picturesque waterfall & a natural spring (warm water). It was a great place to swim & cool down after the walk. There is a second pool below the main pool which was much quieter, but still looked lovely.
The Gorge also featured amenities incl a laundry, on site accom, a cafe/restaurant & souvenirs.
A great visit & very pleased we proceeded over the gravel.

6. Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge

Broome Highway, 15 minutes from Broome | Kimberley Region, Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia +61 8 9193 6580
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4.5 based on 747 reviews

Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge

Reviewed By Daylight89 - Perth, Australia

Tour guide was very educational and you could tell he really enjoyed his job (probably helped he just got back from holidays). During wet season the park needs a little more TLC - let customers know you're likely to be eaten alive by mozzies, midgies and March flys, shaded area needs to be more shaded (think winds blew the bushes from top) and trees/shrubs need to be trimmed. Overall was a good experience. I learnt more new interesting facts about crocs - kids even got to hold a baby croc!!

7. Mirima National Park

Hidden Valley Road | Kimberley Region, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia +61 8 9168 4200
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Mirima National Park

Reviewed By MQ007b - Melbourne, Australia

The park costs $13 to enter for the day, using an automated payment parking meter. I imagine a lot of people don't pay because of the lack of ranger.
The four walks are all different; and accurately explained on the in-park signage. The longest walk runs parallel to the road for much of its length so you could potentially drive slowly and see the same scenery.
I would not say this is the same as the Bungles, other than it has some red rocks with some cyanobacteria, though nowhere near the appearance in the true Bungles. Nonetheless, it's very scenic and worth some time if you're in town.

8. Broome Historical Museum

67 Robinson St | Opposite Seaview IGA, Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia +61 8 9192 2075
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4.5 based on 661 reviews

Broome Historical Museum

The Broome Historical Society speaks through photographs, subject albums and visual displays at the Museum to provide visitors with an understanding of Broome from its rough and ready early days to its emergence as a world centre for cultured pearling. Broome was the first truly multicultural district in Australia; Aboriginal, Japanese, Chinese and Europeans have all contributed to Broome's very diverse cultural history and the Museum, in its exhibits and its albums reflects this richness. Visitors will learn about Pearling and Luggers, Exploitation and Exploration, Adventures, Hardships and Mateship, Asian and Europeans; Riots, Shipwrecks and Missing Diamonds; and Japanese attack on Broome in World War II.

Reviewed By HonestCountryCouple - Inverell, Australia

This museum has a thorough collection of Broome's history. The exhibits are detailed and informative. We spent about an hour and a half perusing the indoor and outdoor displays. The only negative was the disinterested volunteer at the door on our visit.

1 Sutherland St | Kimberley Region, Derby, Western Australia 6728, Australia +61 458 110 816
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5 based on 143 reviews

Norval Gallery

WE WILL BE CLOSED IN 2018 UNTIL THE 20TH OF FEBRUARY. Derby's Norval Gallery is run by a Kimberley artist husband and wife team Mark and Mary Norval. The gallery showcases their own insightful work as well as many other artists from the amazing Kimberley region of Western Australia. All of the artists are happy to talk about their unique artwork and are willing to share their painting techniques and ideas whilst being watched at work by visitors to the gallery. Other must see highlights of the gallery include Australia's best historical Boab Nut display, an extensive collection of the worlds rarest and most beautiful sea shells, a glittering selection of precious gemstones, locally designed Boab tree inspired jewellery and for the music buffs a trip down memory lane flicking through 5000 of the best LPs ever recorded. The Lonely Planet Australian travel guide for 2012 rated Norval Gallery as one of its top 60 "top choice must see" destinations Australia wide.

Reviewed By Allan D - Cooranbong

My wife and I recently spent a delightful hour browsing through Mark Norval's Art Gallery in Derby. He has an excellent display of his own art work together with indigenous works from other local artists. If you visit, make sure you watch the video which...MoreThanks for the lovely review of our gallery. It is always a pleasure to read such positive recollections of visits to our gallery. Mark and Mary Norval.

10. Gantheaume Point

Gantheaume Point Rd | Kimberley Region, Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia +61 8 9192 0000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gantheaume Point

Reviewed By Destination_wherever - Perth, Australia

Gantheaume Point is a short drive from Cable Beach or Town Centre, you can easily access via 2WD vehicle. If you're able to visit at low tide you may get to see the dinosaur footprints, however if not there is a large replica rock with footprints available to see irrespective of tides.
The scenery is just amazing, you don't need to be an athlete or rock climber to fully experience and appreciate so make the trip you will not be disappointed. The colours and views change depending on the weather cloudy day or bright sunny day, so if you're in Broome more than a day it's worth visiting a fee times in different weather conditions.

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