Kimberley Coast, Western Australia
The Kimberley is the northernmost region of Western Australia. It is located in the northern part of Western Australia, bordered on the west by the Indian Ocean, on the north by the Timor Sea, on the south by the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, and on the east by the Northern Territory. Most of the population is concentrated in small towns such as Kununurra in the East and Broome and Derby on the coast in the west.
Highlights of the Kimberley include magnificent wilderness scenery, rare fauna and flora and a rich and colourful history. Broome Surrounds and Dampier Peninsula are fashionable tourist destinations. Nice beaches and relatively few people make for a nice retreat away from it all. Fitzroy Crossing, Purnululu and Windjana Gorge National Park are also popular tourist attractionss.
Things to see and do
* Dampier Peninsula
* National Parks
* Horizontal Falls at Talbot Bay
* Purnululu – one of the star attractions of the Kimberley
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Population – 40,000 approx
Land Area – 421,000 km²
Time – GMT plus eight hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61
Port Location – Cruises of the Kimberley region generally depart from Broome or Darwin.
Travel Links – There are no international scheduled flights. Broome and Kununurra have daily scheduled flights, and Derby has a few direct flights a week. Broome is the most easily accessed town, with flights from Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and Alice Springs on the weekend. Kununurra and Derby are a bit more challenging to get to, with flights from Darwin, Broome or Perth only.
There are scheduled buses by Greyhound from Perth to Darwin, stopping at Broome, Derby and Kununurra. Keep in mind that it is an extremely long bus trip (Perth to Broome will keep you seated for more than 30 hours, and add another 30 hours to get to Darwin).