The Gibb River Road
It is probably the best and easiest way to experience the Majestic Kimberley Region. Formally known as the Mt Hart Road, it runs across diagonally through the area and is the most spectacular way between Derby in the west and Kununurra in the east. The road is often impassable in the wet season because of the many large rivers that intersect it. Hence the tour starts in the dry season when the rivers are crossable and the road has dried out. The route is quite rough in places. This is why all our coaches have upgraded suspension. The rattles and shakes are indeed worth it. You will experience some of the most picturesque country in the Kimberley on or near this road. You will explore numerous magnificent gorges, rivers and waterholes. Hidden in the rocky bluffs you will discover the ancient art of the First Australians. In the mornings you will be woken to the incredible array of bird calls before the sun crests the horizon. Kimberley Safari Tours are Gibb River Road experts and passionate about enabling you to experience a life changing adventure in this unique area.
The famous pearling port of Broome is situated in Roebuck Bay (named after the explorer William Dampier in the HMS Roebuck in 1699). Its main sources of income is from tourism and pearl farming. The annual Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) is held over 10 days in August/September and remembers the early pearling days and Broome’s rich multicultural heritage.
CHINA TOWN – the town’s commercial centre and a great place to buy a meal and browse the galleries and pearl shops.
SUN PICTURES – outdoor picture theatre situated on Carnarvon Street. It was officially opened in 1916 and is still showing current movie titles.
CABLE BEACH – has miles and miles of clean white sand with turquoise blue water. Cable beach takes its name from the cable which linked Broome to Indonesia.
GANTHEAUME POINT – at the southern end of Cable Beach is one of the richest fossil deposits of dinosaur footprints. Dated back 135 million years. There are nine different types visible – only at low tide.
RIDDLE BEACH – is located on the other side of the point and famous for the dramatic colours of white sandy beach with red cliffs and blue waters.
STAIRCASE TO THE MOON – Is the result of the full moon rising over the low tide mud flats which give the impression of steps leading to the moon. It occurs from March through to October at the Town Beach.
WILLIE CREEK PEARL FARM – guided tours are available www.williecreekpearls.com.au
THE BROOME CROCODILE PARK – with daily feeding tours.
These are just a few of the many attractions.
Visit the Broome Visitors Centre on arrival or contact them before your trip for more details.
The Broom Visitor Centre is at 1 Hamersley Street, 08 91952200, www.visitbroome.com.au
Situated in the Kimberley’s northeast corner has some of the most spectacular scenery with rugged red hills with the Carr Boyd Range and the Cockburn Range and the immense waterways of the Ord River and Lake Argyle. Kununurra is closely located to the famous El Questro Station, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine. It is a great spot to shop for locally produced diamonds and Aboriginal Art. You get a good view of the town from Kellys Knob Lookout on the northern edge of town.
LAKE ARGYLE – Was formed in 1972 by the damming of the Ord River. It covers an area of approximately 700square kilometres and is the largest manmade lake in Australia.
BOAT CRUISES ON THE ORD RIVER – Please let us know if you wish to do this when in Kununurra and we can organise this for you during your free day.
SCENIC FLIGHTS – Kununurra is a good place for scenic flights over lake Argyle and Purnululu (Bungle Bungles). You can also take flights over the Bungles on site.
The Kununurra Visitor Centre is on Coolibah Drive in the town centre 08 9168 1177 www.visitkununurra.com
There are two main forms of the ancient rock art in the Kimberley area – Bradshaw (Kimberley Dynamic) and Wandjina styles. Along the Gibb River Road you will have numerous opportunities to view this important cultural heritage. Please remember to only look with your eyes and to refrain from touching. There will be guided walks to view the rock art of the first Australians and learn about the history.