The Kimberley region is fringed by the Indian Ocean and the
Timor Sea to the north and west, the Great Sandy Desert to the south, Tanami Desert
to the south east and the Northern Territory border to the east. The region covers
approximately 423,000 square km, making it almost twice the size of
the state of Victoria. It includes four Local Government Areas:
Shire of Broome, Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, Shire of Halls Creek
and the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.
The major towns in the Kimberley region are
Fitzroy Crossing. These towns are
important support and service centres for the many smaller
communities that surround them. The largest town in the Kimberley is
Halls Creek or you can make Derby, 220 km away at the mouth of the
Fitzroy River as your base for travelling into the area.
northern-most region of Western Australia, the Kimberley offers a
rugged adventure to a remote area of rivers and magnificent
landscape. Here you can find red soil, rocks, gum trees and blue
skies. Immerse yourselves in the spectacular gorges on the Fitzroy
River, Wolfe Creek meteorite crater, the Gibb River Road and Bunge
Bungle National Park. Enjoy the company of freshwater crocodiles,
wallaroos and the rare black-footed wallaby.
The Kimberley region
enjoys a climate broadly divided into dry and wet seasons. The
most popular period to visit is between April and September, but
there is nothing like being there in the Wet (the rainy season in
the north), which offers ethereal thunderstorms, although rains make
many watercourses impassable, closing a number of access roads to many
The build up to the wet is usually around October and November,
as temperatures soar and the atmosphere becomes hot and humid. The wet can
start early in December, although January is when the rains normally come,
creating cascading waterfalls and filling local swimming holes.
The dry season presents warm and
balmy, tropical, idyllic conditions enjoyed by residents and
increasing numbers of visitors. The tropical summer season or wet
includes variable weather systems ranging from longer hot and dry
periods to monsoonal rains and tropical storms. June to July tend to be the
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contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.