Discover moments of magic: must-see jewels of the Kimberley

The Horizontal Falls is described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world." Image: Supplied

A wild and rugged frontier. An epic adventure. The Kimberley region of Western Australia – spread over 423,000 square kilometres from the outskirts of Broome all the way to the Northern Territory border – is a destination on many Aussies’ bucket lists.

To be immersed in the Kimberley is like touching the spiritual heart of our extraordinary country. Those who’ve explored this charming region talk about a deep sense of fulfillment at having realised their long-held ambition of ‘doing the Kimberley’.

From the rugged escarpments, magnificent gorges, pristine waterways and rich Indigenous cultures, the Kimberley is a place of wonder and enchantment with moments of magic at every turn.

There’s a lot of ground to cover, so make the most of your adventure by adding these incredible jewels to your must-see list.

Visit the Horizontal Falls by seaplane and an exhilarating boat ride

Described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, Horizontal Falls is as intriguing as it is stunning.

The Horizontal Falls are fast-moving tidal currents creating the illusion of a horizontal waterfall. Image source: Supplied

Situated deep within the Buccaneer Archipelago at Talbot Bay, the second largest tides in the world hurtle through two narrow coastal gorges to create a ‘horizontal waterfall’ effect.

The best way to appreciate the magnitude of this natural phenomenon is with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures. Experience the falls from a completely different perspective, from both the air and the water.

Discover the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungles

Twenty million years of weathering have produced one of the most unusual yet spectacular geological features of the Kimberley; the Bungle Bungles.

The Bungle Bungles are an icon of the Kimberley region. Image source: Supplied

Take in the awe-inspiring beauty as you walk amongst the multi-hued, beehive-shaped towers that form the Bungle Bungles. It is here you also have the option to enjoy a breathtaking 18-minute scenic helicopter flight over the park with a bird’s eye view of its astounding natural features.

Picture yourself sitting here. Cathedral Gorge is so quiet that a whisper becomes an echo. Image source: Supplied

Within the park is also the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Carved from the red Kimberley rock by millennia of wet season floods, Cathedral Gorge creates a stunning space to sit and ponder the ancient landscapes.

Visit the majestic 4-tiered Mitchell Falls

Another incredible wonder of the Kimberley is Mitchell Falls, also known as Punamii-Uunpuu to the Wunambal people.

An iconic Kimberley landmark and a place of cultural and spiritual significance. Image source: Supplied

The falls were carved through sandstone by the waters of the Mitchell River, producing layers of dreamy emerald pools from which the waters tumble from one to the next.

Nearby you can also explore the rarely seen Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art galleries.

Absorb the knowledge and history from a local guide from Kandiwal Community. Image soruce: Supplied

Explore the best of the Kimberley on a multi-day tour

From flying over the Buccaneer Archipelago to landing on the calm turquoise water of Talbot Bay, walking through Windjana Gorge; or spotting wildlife while cruising down the Ord River, the best ways to explore the magic of the Kimberley region is with a small group tour.

To venture into remote regions, you need a skilled guide, one that knows the land like the back of their hand. Outback Spirit has been the leading tour operator in the Kimberley for more than 20 years, specialising in small group 4WD expeditions. With five all-inclusive Kimberley tours to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Travel in 5-star comfort aboard the 4WD Mercedes Benz coaches, pioneered to ‘go anywhere’. Image source: Supplied

Departing from Broome or Darwin, you are spoilt for choice between a range of tours, spanning anywhere between 13 to 18 days. The accommodation, too, is top-notch, ranging from lodges and resorts to Outback Spirit’s exclusive Ngauwudu Safari Camp. Pronounced Nar-woo-doo, Ngauwudu is the Aboriginal name for the Mitchell Plateau.

Imagine waking up to the sounds of the bush, the rustle of palm leaves as a breeze whispers through, the dry crackle of an unseen lizard as it makes its way through the undergrowth, the light tinkle of water flowing along the palm-fringed creek nearby. Image source: Supplied

Enjoy the romance of sleeping under canvas yet enjoy all the creature comforts, such as ensuite bathrooms and 240v power. On the Mitchell Plateau, each beautifully furnished ‘safari suite’ sits amidst elongated Livistona palms, just a stone’s throw from a pristine palm-fringed creek.

Enjoy your own private swimming hole. Image source: Supplied

Secure your adventure with early bird savings

Make 2023 the year you tick the Kimberley off your travel list. Explore the gems of the region on a luxurious small group tour and experience the best of activity and relaxation.

With 2023 departure dates for the Kimberley selling out quickly, we recommend getting in touch sooner rather than later to secure your spot and lock in some fabulous early bird savings, up to $700pp off!

Whichever part of the Kimberley is calling, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.

Have you visited the Kimberley? Is it on your travel list?

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