The Kimberley region, located in the north-west of Australia, extends from the dry sand dunes of the Great Sandy Desert in the south through the rugged sandstone cliffs of the steamy Kimberley Plateau to the Timor Sea in the north. Some say its Australia’s last frontier of wilderness with its remote, spectacular scenery, stretched over huge distances.
The Kimberley region was the last great empty section of Australia to be explored, with European settlers only arriving just over 100 years ago. Ignored by the early settlers, the Kimberley is today one of the richest areas of the continent with record gold and diamond rushes, great cattle drives and hauls of pearl shells having put the region well and truly on the economic map. However, for all its latterly discovered wealth, it still remains one of the most untouched areas in the world. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres, the region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on earth and is truly one of the world’s last great wilderness areas with a complex landscape which encompasses spectacular gorges and waterfalls, fascinating cave systems and an incredibly diverse variety of wildlife.
Due to its wild and undeveloped nature, the Kimberley is a wonderful place for the genuine traveller to explore and it is perfect for expedition style or small ship cruising. There are so many highlights, it is difficult to know where to begin when extolling its virtues. However, here are just a few of top spots to visit while cruising the Kimberley region:
• Unique Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described the phenomena as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Horizontal Waterfalls is a natural phenomenon of tidal whirlpools and huge volumes of water rushing through two narrow, closely aligned gorges.
• Price Regent River and the Prince Regent National Park: one of the great wilderness areas of Australia. This is where you can get very close to the King Cascades waterfall.
• Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.
• King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia.
• The “Bradshaws” – ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture, possibly the oldest art known to man.
Kimberley cruises run between May and September each year and often fill up very quickly. Due to its vast size, a small ship cruise is the perfect way to experience the highlights of the Kimberley Coast. Wild Earth Travel team is ready to guide you through our range of different Kimberley cruise options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences.