One of Australia’s most incredible destinations, the Kimberley is renowned for its vast lakes, dramatic landscapes and rugged mountains. This region is three times the size of England and has routes in every direction. One of the best ways to explore this region is the Gibbs River Road, which stretches from Derby to Kununurra. It’s known as one of Australia’s last real outback experiences, so make sure that you make the most of it.
The first stop on the Gibb River Road and only two hours from Broome, Derby is a charming town filled with history. Check out the Boab Prison Tree and Wharfinger’s House Museum for some insight into the region’s convict and colonial eras. You can see some of Australia’s largest tidal ranges from Derby Jetty, or you can hop aboard a half-day scenic flight to see the iconic Horizontal Waterfalls and the rocky islands that make up the Buccaneer Archipelago.
El Questro Wilderness Park
This working cattle station (with a herd of 5000 cows roaming the grounds) provides a truly Australian holiday. You can explore the area by air, land or water – go on intrepid hikes, fish for barramundi or ride a horse across expansive plains. You can also have a dip in Zebedee Springs’s warm waters, underneath the shifting shadows of surrounding palm trees. There are also many lookouts where you can take in the surrounding sights, such as Pigeon Hole, Saddleback Ridge and Branco’s Lookout. If you’re feeling hungry, El Questro Homestead is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – dinner served under the stars with a menu that draws inspiration from the Ord Valley’s local produce.
Bungle Bungle Range
Take a guided tour with an Aboriginal guide to see some of the region’s incredible gorges and creeks, such as Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge. Hop aboard a boat (you can hire a houseboat or take a cruise along the river) and see the Ord River up close. Keep your eyes peeled for the area’s wildlife, such as crocodiles, kingfishers and sea eagles. Wrap up your cruise with drinks at sunset or taste local delicacies at the PumpHouse restaurant.
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