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Cover Main Image Cable Beach - Broome Left to Right Purnululu National Park - Bungle Bungle Range Gibb River Road - Kimberley Python Pool Millstream-Chichester National Park - Pilbara Contents Welcome to Australia s North West Getting There Travel Tips Festivals & Events 2012 Climate Indigenous Cultural Experiences Drive Adventures Aquatic Adventures Scenic Flights 2 3 6 10 12 13 14 16 18 the Pilbara Welcome to The Pilbara Pilbara National Parks Pilbara Itinerary Ideas Onslow & the Mackerel Islands Point Samson Peninsula Central Pilbara Coast Inland Pilbara Port Hedland 25 26 28 30 32 34 38 40 the Kimberley Welcome to The Kimberley Kimberley National Parks Kimberley Itinerary Ideas Broome Gibb River & Kalumburu Roads Gibb River Road 15 Day Self Drive Itinerary Ardi Dampier Peninsula Derby & the Buccaneer Archipelago Fitzroy Crossing Halls Creek Kununurra Wyndham 43 44 46 48 65 66 68 70 72 74 76 84 Broome sunset Pilbara night sky The iconic Boab tree PAGE 2 www.australiasnorthwest.com WelCOMe tO AuStrAliA S nOrth WeSt With almost one million square kilometres of stunning landscapes incredible coastlines and bustling outback towns the Pilbara and Kimberley will provide you with an extraordinary Australian experience. With such an expansive area comes an extensive variety of natural attractions rugged ranges thundering waterfalls pristine beaches and unique wildlife. While the North West has a reputation for its remote beauty and adventure tourism there are many cultural highlights. These include a variety of local festivals art galleries museums and heritage trails which reveal insights into indigenous stories and celebrate the enduring spirit of early pioneering families. This Holiday Planner is a comprehensive guide to the region combining travel essentials suggested itineraries and highlights of the Pilbara and Kimberley. In addition you will find a range of accommodation options attractions and professional tour operators to assist you in preparation for your holiday of a lifetime. Whether you are seeking a luxury adventure cruise an outback four wheel drive safari a romantic getaway or a family holiday the North West promises you a memorable and extraordinary experience. hon Chris ellison Chairman Australia s North West Tourism Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 3 Roebuck Bay from the air Manning Gorge Millstream crossing GettinG there By Air Flig hts from Perth The North West is well serviced by a number of carriers with Parabadoo Newman Karratha Port Hedland Broome Derby and Kununurra all receiving jet flights from a number of carriers out of Perth including Qantas Virgin Skywest Airnorth and Air Australia. Full flight schedules and the destinations to which they fly can be found on the websites of each of the individual carriers. Flig hts from Overseas There are daily flights to Perth Airport from major international hubs. These flights connect with all intrastate flights to major towns within Australia s North West. Skywest flies to Denpasar Bali from Port Hedland twice a week. From the east Coast Kununurra is the major eastern gateway to the North West accessed via the Victoria Highway which links with the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory. The unsealed Tanami and Duncan Roads link Alice Springs in Central Australia with Halls Creek in the Kimberley. By rOAd From Perth If you re visiting the Pilbara access from Perth is via two major sealed road arteries - the North West Coastal Highway and the inland Great Northern Highway. Travel further north along the Great Northern Highway to Broome the southern gateway into the heart of the Kimberley. From Broome you can take the Great Northern Highway or the unsealed Gibb River Road to head east to Kununurra. Vehicle hire interstate Flig hts If you d rather discover the region at a more leisurely pace why not hire a vehicle and embark on a driving holiday of your own You ll find a variety of rental vehicles ranging from motor homes to four-wheel drives available at most major centres. Qantas operates seasonal direct flights to Broome from Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane with daily connections through Perth all year. Virgin operates seasonal direct flights to Broome from Adelaide and connecting flights from all other capital cities. Skywest and Airnorth provide connections between Broome Port Hedland Karratha and Kununurra to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Qantas provides direct flights to Karratha from Brisbane Sydney and Melbourne. Air Australia provides direct services between Port Hedland and Brisbane and Qantas flies direct between Port Hedland and Melbourne. By Coach Whether you re visiting the Pilbara or the Kimberley Greyhound Australia operate daily coach services that connect most major towns. Guided tours There are a huge range of friendly professional tour operators to and within the region- travelling by land air and sea. Guided tours are one of the easiest and safest ways to travel you can meet other likeminded visitors and explore sights you may not be able to access or potentially miss altogether if doing your own thing . So kick back and let the locals show you the sights APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES Perth GNH 1435 Perth WCH n a 17 15 PAGE 4 www.australiasnorthwest.com 18 00 6 00 18 00 Karratha APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES Tom Price Perth n a WCH 17 15 456 Tom 475 Price 16 15 6 15 16 15 0 30 6 15 Dampier 0 30 262 Dampier 852 262 1006 852 1841 1006 1831 1841 1831 19 00 5 15 19 00 3 00 5 15 3 30 3 00 Port Hedland 3 30 611 Port Hedland 766 611 1601 766 1591 1601 1591 25 45 12 15 25 45 10 00 12 15 10 00 10 00 7 30 10 00 Broome 7 30 222 Broome 1057 222 1045 1057 1045 27 15 14 00 27 15 11 45 14 00 11 45 11 45 9 00 11 45 3 00 9 00 Derby 3 00 919 Derby 907 919 907 36 30 23 00 36 30 20 45 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 20 45 12 15 18 15 10 30 12 15 Wyndham 10 30 105 Wyndham 105 37 00 23 00 37 00 20 45 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 20 45 11 45 18 15 10 00 11 45 1 30 10 00 Kununurra 1 30 Kununurra Broome Perth 1548 GNH Broome 15671435 16361548 1567 2174 1636 2329 2174 3164 2329 3330 3164 3330 n a n a n a n a 2237 n a n a 216 00 Karratha 242 431 456 475 1022 431 1176 1022 2011 1176 2000 2011 2000 833 21 2391 2237 3229 2391 3214 3229 3214 242 987 833 1822 987 1812 1822 1812 6 15 19 00 5 15 3 00 3 30 Port Hedland 611 766 25 45 12 15 10 00 10 00 7 30 Broome 222 27 15 14 00 11 45 11 45 9 00 3 00 Derby 36 30 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 12 15 10 30 37 00 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 11 45 10 00 Broome 15 30 mpier 262 852 006 841 831 This map is intended as a guide only. If you are planning 1601 919 Wyndham 1 30 to travel by road 1057 purchase a detailed map please This map is intended as a guide only. If available from the RAC or visitor centres. you are planning Kununurra 1591 1045 907 a detailed map 105 to travel by road please purchase AustrAliA s North West tourism available from the RAC or visitor centres. www.australiasnorthwest.com PO Box 554 Broome WA 6725 Ph ( 61) 08 9193 6660 Fax ( 61) 08 9193 6662 Code of CoNduCt ANd ethiCs INDIAN OCEAN Australia s North West Tourism has a Code of Conduct & Ethics for all tourism members to abide by ensuring that you the visitor enjoy your stay in the region. All material contained within this publication is copyright. Reproduction in whole or part is not permitted without written per mission of the publishers being Australia s North West Tourism. Australia s North West Tourism gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the following photographers and organisations who have provided images for this publication Nigel Gaunt Tourism WA James Morgan Sam Tinson Stephen Scourfield Yane Sotiroski Christian Fletcher James Fisher Tourism Australia Rod Hartvigsen Ho-jong Yu Ben Knapinski Peter Devenish Janek Gazecki Jeff Atkinson The information contained in this publication has been provided as a guide only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the publication Australia s North West Tourism expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. Copyright Cape Keraudren ning disClAimer Montebello Islands Barrow Island Point Samson Da Cossack Dampier Karratha Roebourne HW ie mp rA rch ipe o lag Port Hedland P CO AS tourism Accreditation Fortescue Roadhouse Y Marble Ba GREAT Private Road Permit required Millstream Chichester Nat. Pk. CHIC HEST ER This symbol indicates a tourism business that has received recognition through the National Tourism Accreditation program. Tourism businesses who display the accreditation tick have met nationally endorsed industry standards and is committed to professionalism in operational practices and to provide quality products and services. This map is intended as a guide only. If you are planning to travel by road please purchase a detailed map. Onslow North West Cape TA L Pannawonica N RAN GE Cape Range Nat. Pk. Exmouth Gulf Learmonth Exmouth Nanutarra Roadhouse Private Road Permit required HAMER SLE Y RA Karijini National Park OPTH Auski Roadhous WE ST Tom Price Paraburdoo NORTHERN ALMIA RA Newm Minilya Roadhouse NOR TH Coral Bay Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 5 Cape Londonderry N Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Four Wheel Drive Bo n rte Cape Bougainville Ar a ap c e hip lag o Admiralty Gulf Kalumburu Cambridge Gulf Joseph Bonaparte Gulf Mitchell River Nat. Pk. Drysdale River National Park 0 100 200 300 Prince Regent Nature Reserve Scale in Kilometres Archipelago Buccaneer Cockatoo I Koolan I Wyndham Kununurra V D ROA IC Lake Argyle Village Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine DUNCA N Keep River Nat. Park HWY HWY Kooljaman Resort Cape Leveque Lake RIV ER Beagle Bay King Sound B Warmun ER N Derby Roebuck REAT RoadhouseG Willare Bridge Roadhouse Windjana Gorge Nat. Pk. GREAT Tunnel Creek Nat. Pk. NORTHERN BUNG LE BUNGLE RA. Broome Roebuck Bay Fitzroy Crossing Geikie Gorge National Park BUN TINE Halls Creek HWY RD DUNCAN T GREA Pardoo Roadhouse KIDSO N ROU TRACK Lake Gregory TE ar Lake Waukarlycarly Percival Lakes Tobin Lake Lake White Lake Wills Lake Hazlett STOCK Telfer Mine Lake Dora Lake Auld Nullagine Karlamilyi National Park (Formerly Rudall River National Park) ANA TALLAW CAN NIN G Gary Junction Lake Mackay se Lake Blanche TE ROU TRACK OC TALL AWA NA man Capricorn Roadhouse HWY Jigalong Community LITTLE DESERT ST TRACK HIGHW AY K Lake MacDonald SANDY NN IN G Lake Disappointment Windy Corner GIBSON DESERT Hopkins Lake DURBA HILLS RY CA GA C Copyright Australia s North West NORTHERN Lake Dennis Alice Springs Ei y ght Mil e RT H a Be ER ch Mindibungu CommunityTANA GREAT SANDY DESERT Wolf Creek Crater Nat. Park N MI ROAD Sandfire Roadhouse NO TERRITORY W.A. - N.T. BORDER HW Y Wave Hill Katherine HWY Purnululu National Park GIB NO RT H Timber Creek Katherine RD TO RIA W.A. - N.T. BORDER PAGE 6 www.australiasnorthwest.com trAVel tiPS Very few places in the world offer the isolation and ruggedness found in Australia s North West where hundreds of kilometres can separate towns and attractions. Whilst this is a major attraction in itself it does mean that careful planning prior to embarking will lead to a more enjoyable holiday experience. To get the most out of your holiday in the North West speak to the experts at a local Visitor Centre. Visitor Centres offer expert advice on the best things to see and do. They can help with maps accommodation and tour bookings or provide local knowledge on an area s hidden gems. Look for the blue and yellow italic i sign to find the next accredited Visitor Centre on your holiday route. Accredited Visitor Centres road Safety It s essential to carefully plan your trip before hitting the road. Get a recent detailed road map and it s a good idea to keep track of your mileage so you know where you are. Many towns are remote if you find yourself in trouble assistance could be hours away so be aware of your vehicle s limits and take your time. If you plan to travel on dirt roads familiarise yourself with safe four-wheel driving techniques and potential risks. Driver fatigue is responsible for many accidents so take regular breaks enjoy the experience and don t try to cover too much distance at a time. Make certain you advise a reliable contact of your intended route and your estimated time of arrival and be sure to let them know when you get there Accommodation There is a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. However many townships support strong tourist numbers as well as a large resource industry workforce so accommodation can be tight. It is strongly advisable to book your accommodation well ahead of your holiday to avoid disappointment. Be aware that some caravan parks do not take advance bookings during the peak season. Those travelling with pets are also recommended to check the location of pet-friendly caravan parks. Vehicles It is essential that your vehicle is thoroughly checked before you depart. Not only is it dangerous to break down in the outback its expensive Some remote areas are accessible only by four wheel drive vehicles and the towing of caravans trailers or boats is not recommended. A comprehensive first aid kit food water tool kit at least two spare tyres and spare parts should be kept as standard - along with the knowledge of how to use them. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 7 road Closures During the summer period (November to April) sealed and unsealed roads can be open for travel one day and completely flooded the next. Authorities provide road updates and weather warnings. Regardless of your vehicle do not attempt to traverse roads that have been closed by the authorities under any condition. Not only do you put your own safety at risk you also put at risk those who come to assist you. For up to the minute info www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or telephone 138 138. Bush Fires In a country as dry as Australia it s little wonder that bush fires can be a big problem. Due to the sheer isolation of the North West it is possible a fire can rage for several days before it is noticed and brought under control. The lighting of fires can be extremely dangerous. Care should be taken at all times and a campfire should never be left unattended. Please help us protect our natural environment and abide by fire warnings. Marine Stingers Box Jellyfish and Irukandji Jellyfish are potentially lethal stingers which can be found along the Kimberley and Pilbara coast. Although they can be present all year round they are most prevalent from November until April. Take the right precautions wear a full length stinger suit and if local authorities close the beach please abide by their instructions. If you are stung douse liberally with vinegar and seek urgent medical advice. Wandering Stock road trains Road trains are a unique part of travelling in the North West. Extra caution is needed when overtaking road trains which can be over 50 metres in length. Dust kicked up on unsealed roads can totally obscure vision so the only time to overtake is when you can clearly see ahead. Be aware it can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100km h. Many stations are unfenced and it is not uncommon to encounter wandering stock and wildlife. Serious accidents occur due to collisions with kangaroos cattle and other animals. Particular care should be taken at dawn and dusk as these are the most dangerous times. Please slow down keep a lookout and if possible avoid driving at night. Quarantine Western Australia s remoteness helps to provide a natural barrier against many pests and diseases. To help keep Western Australia disease-free there are strict quarantine laws regarding the importing or transporting of plants and food stuffs. The Ord Valley irrigation area has more stringent quarantine restrictions. While they may seem harmless fruit and vegetables nuts seeds plants flowers honey animals and introduced birds pose a real threat to the environment. The best rule to follow is if in doubt declare it. Be warned heavy penalties apply to those people not declaring items identified as a risk. For full details www.agric.wa.gov.au tides Australia s North West experiences huge tidal movements. Tidal water can move very quickly catching you and your boat or vehicle unaware so if you are undertaking any activity by the water it pays to be aware of local tidal movements. Local tide charts are available from Visitor Centres and service stations. PAGE 8 www.australiasnorthwest.com Crocodiles There are two species of crocodile found throughout the Kimberley the estuarine or saltwater crocodile and the Johnston or freshwater crocodile. They are also found along the Pilbara coast and have been spotted infrequently as far south as Coral Bay. Estuarine crocodiles are considered extremely dangerous they inhabit billabongs rivers creeks and the open ocean and have been known to attack humans. Freshwater crocodiles are smaller and generally inhabit freshwater creeks and occasionally tidal areas. Don t be fooled by their names as both can be found in either fresh or salt water. All crocodiles should be considered dangerous and treated with extreme caution. Observe warning signs and if in doubt seek local information. Do not wade swim or use small boats in estuaries tidal rivers and deep pools. Never clean fish or leave food scraps near the water and always camp well back from the water s edge. Be crocodile aware. Caravan Camping and Bush Survival tips The wide open spaces and warm climate of the North West make it the ideal destination for caravan and camping holidays. However some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Follow these simple health and safety tips to ensure you have a great holiday Let someone know your destination and schedule if your plans change let them know. Be prepared make sure your vehicle is in top condition before you set out plan your route and take up-to-date maps. Make sure you know how to use four-wheel drive. Carry sufficient food and water a first aid kit some type of communication or signal device a comprehensive tool kit and at least two spare tyres. Drive and reduce your speed to suit road conditions. Seek permission and obtain permits (if required) before entering private property and leave gates as you find them. Respect the wishes and regulations of all hosts. Watch out for stray animals on roads especially at dawn and dusk. Watch out for road trains they can reach over 50 metres long. Slow down at all creek crossings and waterways. To avoid creating new impacts cross creeks at existing fords and use caution on depth and current. Never drive tired fatigue kills. Slow down in dusty conditions where visibility is poor stay left and never overtake. Camp in designated areas only. Travel and camp on durable surfaces including established tracks and campsites rock gravel and dry grasses. In popular areas concentrate use on existing tracks and campsites. Drive and walk on designated tracks and do not create new tracks. Limit the use of fire and be aware of fire bans. Only build fires in the pits provided and take care to completely extinguish the flame with water when finished. Keep campfires small - don t forget wood is a habitat for fauna and birds. Protect water sources by camping and park your vehicle at least 100 metres from rivers and billabongs. Bury human waste if there are no toilet facilities and take all rubbish with you. The Royal Flying Doctor can be contacted in an emergency on 1800 625 800 HF 5300 satellite phone (08) 9417 6389 or check VKS737 Document 40. If you become stuck or break down - Always stay with your vehicle - Park so you can be seen - Conserve your food and water. As you journey into the Pilbara and Kimberley you can help ensure that this special place and the wildlife it sustains will be enjoyed by future generations. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 9 Caring for national Parks Pets and firearms are not permitted in national parks. Avoid the use of excessive sunscreen when planning to swim in gorge and river pools as it can be harmful to wildlife. Spinifex is fragile so please use the paths and roads provided and do not make new tracks. Many areas in national parks have significance to Aboriginal people. Please do not interfere with cultural sites. help Protect the Kimberley from Cane toads healthy travelling Unfortunately some visitors have their holiday cut short due to illness or accident. If you take prescribed medication take ample supplies and ensure you have a script renewal from your doctor. When travelling to remote areas always carry adequate supplies of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Encephalitis and Ross River virus use insect repellents and cover your arms and legs with loose clothing particularly at dawn and dusk. Cane toads will cause mass devastation to wildlife and ecosystems but with your help we can reduce the chances of them becoming established in Western Australia. Check your load as toads love to hitch a ride on your car caravan or even in camping gear. Report sightings to the DEC hotline on 1800 084 881 (freecall) and if you are unsure whether you have found a toad or native frog MMS to 0400 693 807. There are live disposal points in Kununurra at the Shire the local vet and DEC. Cane toads are large heavily built amphibians with dry warty skin with a bony head and bony ridges over their eyes. Adults have large glands on each shoulder behind the eardrum. Average sized adults are 10-15cm long and they may be grey yellowish or olive brown and their bellies are pale with dark mottling. For further information go to www.stopthetoad.org.au or www.canetoads.com.au. PAGE 10 www.australiasnorthwest.com Broome Opera Under the Stars celebrates 25 years in 2012 Outdoor Concert Barramundi Concert Ord Valley Muster Shinju Matsuri Festival Beach Polo Broome Port Hedland Races FeStiVAlS & eVentS 2012 The North West region hosts a wide range of exciting events throughout the year. With consistent fine weather comes a line-up of fantastic outdoor events showcasing world class entertainment set against some of the most stunning natural backdrops you will ever see. Community events are definitely worth a look from dusty outback rodeos to colourful community festivals. Odds are you will meet a friendly local that will be more than happy to give you a genuine insight into their town s activities. Time your visit to coincide with natural events such as turtle nesting whale watching or the incredible Staircase to the Moon. Check visitor centre information for local events. West End Outdoor Movies -Port Hedland Australia Day West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Clean Up Australia Day Apex Family Fun Day - Kununurra West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland ANZAC Day Service Portbound Pilbara Youth and Health Festival - South Hedland West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland JANuAry 14 26 11 TBC TBC 10 25 TBC 14 feBruAry mArCh A Night Under the Stars at Karijini 19 Mud Crab Races - Derby 19 Five Rivers Medicine Show - Kununurra 19 Ord Valley Muster- Kununurra 25 May -3 Jun Gibb River Mountain Bike Challenge 27 -31 Kimberley Moon Experience - Kununurra 2 Passion of the Pilbara Festival 9 & 10 North West Netball Championships - Broome 15 & 16 Mud Crab Races - Derby 23 West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 9 NAIDOC Week Mowanjum Festival - Derby Kununurra Agricultural Show Wine and Cheese Arts & Crafts - Onslow West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland AFL Masters WA Broome Carnival Spinifex Spree Carnival - Port Hedland Kimberley Writers Festival - Kununurra FeNaCING Festival - Karratha Fortescue Festival - Newman West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 11 Opera Under the Stars - Broome 25 Shinju Matsuri Festival - Broome 30 Aug-9 Sep Wyndham Stars on the Bastion TBC Shinju Matsuri Festival continues West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Dam to Dam Dinghy Dash Lake Argyle Lake Argyle Adventure Race West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Onslow Basketball Carnival West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Remembrance Day Mango Festival Broome Rotary Pioneers Dinner - Kununurra Carols by Candelight West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Breakfast on the Bastion - Wyndham JuNe septemBer 1-9 13 TBC TBC 13 13 & 14 10 11 22-25 TBC TBC 8 25 April oCtoBer July Welcome to Hedland Community Expo South Hedland TBC North West Expo - Broome 4&5 Nguyuru Waaringarrem Halls Creek Music Festival 4-6 1st National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim 5 Paspaley Beach Polo - Broome 6-13 West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 12 North West Touch Championships - Broome 18-20 mAy 1-8 12 13 & 14 13 & 14 14 14-21 27-28 27-30 4&5 TBC NoVemBer deCemBer August Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 11 Kimberley Kitchen Staircase Markets Wildflower Season Ord Valley Muster Diamond Dig Rodeo Action Fishing Competition Shinju Matsuri Festival StAirCASe tO the MOOn FiShinG March through to October. See back cover for details. rOdeO ACtiOn Buccaneer Fishing Classic - Buccaneer Archipelago Apr Thready Shootout - Broome 29 Apr May Day Classic - Broome 12 & 13 May Billfish Classic - Broome 13-21 Jul Fatty s Day - Broome 15 Jul Ike Stol Memorial Fishing Competition - Derby Aug Kids Comp - Broome 12 Aug Bluewater Blast - Broome 8 & 9 Sept Apex Barra bash - Kununurra 28 Sep - 1 Oct Barra & BS - Broome 13 & 14 Oct Interclub Competition 10 & 11 Nov Xmas Tinny Comp - Broome 8 & 9 Dec Robe River Rodeo - Pannawonica Halls Creek Rodeo Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo Campdraft Onslow Rodeo Derby Rodeo Sep Jul Jul Aug 10 - 12 Aug lOCAl MArKetS Broome mArKets derBy mArKets Saturdays All year round May to September 25 November & 3 December First Saturday of every month Saturdays Sundays All year round April - October COuntry rACinG hiGhliGhtS KuNuNurrA mArKets Saturday Mornings Christmas Markets Full listing on www.australiasnorthwest.com The Country race season in the North West runs from May through to August. Competitive thoroughbred horseracing and an eclectic mix of entertainment ensures a fun and exciting day enjoyed by all. Members and the public can enjoy a number of themed race days throughout the season with fashion food live music events and race day festivities. Tourism & Hositality Day - Roebourne Family Day - Roebourne Derby Cup Marble Bar Cup Ladies Day - Roebourne Roebourne Cup Kimberley Cup - Broome Port Hedland Cup Day Wyndham Races- Halls Creek Cup Ladies Day - Broome Broome Cup Wyndham Cup and Race Ball Ladies Day - Kununurra Cup Day Kununurra 9 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jun 9 Jul 14 Jul 28 Jul 4 Aug 6 Aug 12 Aug 14 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 25 Aug 1 Sep port hedlANd Yacht Club Markets WA PuBliC hOlidAyS 2012 New Year s Day New Year s Day Public Holiday Australia Day Labour Day Good Friday Easter Monday ANZAC Day Foundation Day Queen s Birthday Christmas Day Boxing Day WildliFe Whale Watching Season Turtle Nesting Season Jul to Oct Oct to Feb WildFlOWer SeASOn From July to September the Pilbara s vibrant floral shades contrast with the red earth and golden spinifex grass. Rivers creeks and lakes are lined with river red gums coolabah silver cadjeput and desert bloodwood trees. Gorges spring to life with flowering rock fig and rock kurrajongs. In season carpets of wildflowers of all colours sizes and shapes like mulla mulla the majestiv Asburton pea or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen throughout the region. Sunday 1 Jan Monday 2 Jan Thursday 26 Jan Monday 5 Mar Friday 6 Apr Monday 9 Apr Wednesday 25 Apr Monday 4 Jun Monday 1 Oct Tuesday 25 Dec Wednesday 26 Dec WA SChOOl hOlidAyS 2012 Autumn (Term 1) Winter (Term 2) Spring (Term 3) Summer (Term 4) 6 to 25 April 7 to 23 July 29 Sep to 15 Oct 19 Dec 2012 to 3 Feb 2013 Events correct at time of printing but subject to change. Check with the relevant visitor centre for up-to-date event information PAGE 12 www.australiasnorthwest.com Sunset in the Kimberley Pandanus palms CliMAte The North West is a region of great contrast. Ranging in temperature from under 5 C to over 40 C in the course of a year you will find that the two seasons offer vastly different holiday experiences. Winter Season May to October Cyclones Summer Season november to April In summer there are fewer crowds and the days can be hot and the nights balmy. Contrary to popular belief the rain does not fall constantly but when it does it is generally in short heavy downpours late in the afternoon and evenings. The build-up creates spectacular lightning shows and sunsets the water run-off causes thundering waterfalls filling lakes rivers and waterholes. Bird and wildlife abound. This is a great time to sit back as Mother Nature refreshes the land. Although many tours operate all year round during the summer months some attractions and tours cannot be accessed. As with any holiday it s a matter of planning and getting expert advice from any one of the region s Visitor Centres. Winter is traditionally the most popular time to visit and people flock from all over the globe. The daytime temperatures average between mid 20 s to low 30 s (Celcius). The nights range from cool on the coast while inland the wind off the desert can see temperatures plummet even further. The fine warm days and clear nights are perfect for all outdoor activities. Sunset Your holiday is not complete without viewing a spectacular North West sunset. Dramatic colours light up the sky as the sun sets providing you with breathtaking photo opportunities. For information on sunset times www.ga.gov.au geodesy astro. In the North West the cyclone season extends from November to April. Should a cyclone be imminent you should be aware of the following cyclone procedure Blue Alert A cyclone has formed and may affect the area within 48 hours precautions should be taken. Yellow Alert The cyclone is moving closer to the area and appears inevitable within 12 hours residents should take action. Red Alert A cyclone is imminent - destructive winds are likely to occur soon go immediately to adequate shelter. Cyclone warnings are broadcast on local radio stations or contact 1300 659 210. Average temperatures in degrees Celsius Location Mar May Jun Aug Sep Nov Dec Feb Karratha Broome Kununurra Min to Max Min to Max Min to Max 22 - 33 22 - 33 21 - 34 14 - 27 15 - 29 16 - 32 20 - 33 22 - 33 23 - 38 26 - 36 26 - 33 25 - 37 Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 13 Mowanjum Art Centre Derby indiGenOuS CulturAl exPerienCeS The Aboriginal people of Australia are recognised as descendants of the world s oldest unbroken surviving culture. It is generally accepted that the North West was the point where Aborigines first entered Australia and they have lived in this part of the continent for an estimated 40 000 years. Their ancient records can be found in many protected sites where examples of stone structures ceremonial sites rock paintings and engravings remain today. The Kimberley is rich in ancient rock paintings in the unique Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles whilst the Pilbara has hundreds of sites that showcase rock engravings known as petroglyphs which date back thousands of years. Many of these sites hold strong significance for Aboriginal people and it is recommended to visit them with an experienced guide. Explore Indigenous history and culture as well as discover today s contemporary lifestyles. Learn about bush tucker bush medicine Indigenous history and spiritual beliefs. Go mud crabbing or fishing and learn about traditional hunting techniques. Aboriginal artists from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions have been lauded the world over as among the most proficient in their genre. There are many fine galleries throughout the region which showcase the work of many of the acclaimed artists. Why not visit a working art centre and meet the artists at work The Aboriginal cultural experience is unique to Australia and cannot be witnessed anywhere else in the world. The North West provides some of the best opportunities for the visitor to learn more about this ancient culture. If travelling to Aboriginal communities check with your local visitor centre if a permit is required or telephone the Department of Indigenous Affairs on (08) 9235 8000 or go to www.dia.wa.gov.au PAGE 14 www.australiasnorthwest.com Pentecost River crossing and Cockburn Ranges driVe AdVentureS Got the itch to load up the car hitch the caravan and head north The North West s perfect weather unique natural attractions and laid back lifestyle make it one of Australia s favourite drive-holiday destinations. Whether you are after a rugged four-wheel drive expedition or a more sedate journey there are adventures aplenty. Take your time stop and absorb the ambience of the townships and meet a friendly local or two. If you are not sure you re up to the drive then join an organised extended tour and let the knowledgeable locals guide you. Whether you want to stay at luxury accommodation along the way or prefer to explore beyond the bitumen and sleep under the stars the North West has just the right tour for you. the Warlu Way The way of the Warlu or sea serpent traverses an ancient and sacred land rich in natural beauty and enchanting Aboriginal stories. It sends you back in time to a mystical era when a mighty Warlu emerged from the sea and travelled through the pulsing red heart of Western Australia forming waterways as he moved. The Warlu Way extends from Exmouth to Broome revealing the mysteries of the Warlu and other Aboriginal legends by taking you on a 2480 kilometre self-drive journey through Western Australia s Gascoyne Pilbara and Kimberley regions. The Warlu Way incorporates iconic sites such as Ningaloo Marine Park Karijini and Millstream-Chichester National Parks the Burrup Peninsula and Cable Beach. Interpretive signage along the drive opens your eyes to the secrets of the historical cultural and natural wonders. Some roads may need a permit before commencing your drive check with the relevant Visitor Centre before embarking on your journey. the Savannah Way The Savannah Way links Cairns in tropical north Queensland and the historical pearling town of Broome. The drive crosses the Northern Territory and passes through five World Heritage listed areas offering some of most spectacular sights in northern Australia. You ll pass through amazingly diverse and spectacular landscapes of wide horizons ancient gorges rock pools and hot springs including the magnificent Lake Argyle near Kununurra and the white sandy beaches of Broome. While some of the route is 4WD only there are large sections that can be driven in a family sedan. It s an easy to follow route that includes clear signage interpretative displays maps and brochures. www.savannahway.com.au www.warluway.com.au Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 15 Gibb river & Kalumburu roads A journey along the Gibb River Road is one of the last true outback adventures. Originally constructed to transport cattle from surrounding stations this old stock route still spans over 660 kilometres of unsealed road travelling through floodplains and rugged gorge country linking Derby in the west to Kununurra in the East Kimberley. Four wheel drive and no towing of caravans is strongly recommended. The Kalumburu Road leads 267 kilometres north from the Gibb River Road past the Mitchell River National Park travelling through a spectacular but very remote part of the Kimberley. A fully equipped high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is essential and ensure you have fuel water food mechanical and medical supplies. The Gibb River Road Guide which details distances attractions services and accommodation can be purchased at any visitor centre in the region or contact the Derby Visitor Centre on (08) 9191 1426 or email info derbytourism.com.au the Canning Stock route The longest stock route in the world the Canning Stock Route (CSR) stretches over 1700 kilometres between Halls Creek in the north and Wiluna in the south. It passes through the Gibson Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts and its construction is one of the greatest pioneering feats of the last century. Created in 1910 as a cattle route the road connects the 51 wells that were constructed and placed a day s walk apart for watering stock. Today it offers one of the world s most remote isolated and challenging four wheel drive adventures. The CSR travels through extremely harsh arid terrain and sand dunes and should only be undertaken during cooler months in a well organised convoy. Do not attempt this track unless you have extensive outback travel experience and a very reliable and capable vehicle specifically prepared for remote long distance desert travel. A permit is required and available from the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council. www.anfwdc.asn.au See page 66 for a suggested itinerary. PAGE 16 www.australiasnorthwest.com Buccaneer Archipelago AQuAtiC AdVentureS Sparkling white sandy beaches warm tropical oceans and wild rivers make the North West a haven for travellers seeking adventures either on or in the water. Coupled with months on end of sunshine the region truly is a water playground that offers visitors a wealth of memorable experiences. The remoteness of the Kimberley and Pilbara means that vast stretches of the coast and many of the river systems don t see many people at all. Much of the area remains in a pristine state meaning the ocean and rivers are teeming with wildlife. Fishing It s no secret the North West has long been renowned for some of the best reef game and creek fishing in the world. Join a fishing charter or cast a line from a beach jetty or boat. Explore the tidal creeks and rivers systems. Pursue the elusive barramundi or experience the thrill of game fishing. A number of fishing competitions are held throughout the North West and visitors are always welcome. Whatever way you choose to chase them please be aware of protected species size and bag limits skipper tickets requirements and always fish for the future. For the most up-to-date requirements visit the Department of Fisheries site www.fish.wa.gov.au. Whale Watching Kayaking From July to October pods of Humpback Whales can be seen migrating north along the coast. The area is transformed into a huge whale nursery as mothers and calves take shelter in the protected bays and inlets beginning their return journey south around September and October. The North West s fine winter weather creates the perfect conditions to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures on an exciting boat cruise or from one of the local beaches. Viewed from a coastal cruise the proposed Marine Park at Camden Sound is gaining recognition as one of the prime calving grounds for the Humpback Whale. When observing marine turtles and whales the Department of Environment and Conservation s (DEC) code of conduct guidelines should always be followed. Contact DEC for further details. Swimming World famous Cable Beach is regarded as one of Australia s best and many a perfect day has been spent doing nothing more than simply lazing on the pristine sand. The Kimberley and Pilbara offer a number of superb spots for swimming and whiling away the hours in freshwater pools and gorges. Paddle peacefully along the coast and rivers in your own kayak or enjoy an organised tour with a local kayak operator. Local tides are fast moving so check tide times before starting off. Lake Kununurra Dimond Gorge and Sir John Gorge are some of the best known spots and provide spectacular scenery. Always check with authorities before entering unknown water courses in the north as crocodiles are known to inhabit certain water courses. turtle nesting From October to February many islands and mainland beaches are home to a special event every year - turtle nesting. Females come ashore to lay their eggs and hundreds of tiny turtles hatch and take their first steps toward the ocean providing you with the spectacle of a lifetime. Port Hedland s Cemetery Beach Eighty Mile Beach and Eco Beach are some of the renowned and accessible locations to view this event. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 17 Boating Extended luxury cruising pearl lugger sunset cruises hovercraft flights river and lake cruises charters to offshore islands of the Pilbara and Kimberley coast there are a huge number of experiences to be had on the water whilst holidaying in the North West. In many cases being on the water gives you a better understanding of the geography flora and fauna and rock art of the region as well as being a great way to travel The region boasts a number of award winning charter operators and nobody knows the waters as well as a local If going it on your own is more your style there is the opportunity to hire boats in the major centres off the Kimberley and Pilbara. Make sure you have reasonable boating skills and local knowledge before heading out. A WA Skipper s Ticket or equivalent is also a requirement. Cruising the Kimberley Coast Broome Derby and Wyndham serve as the main entry and exit points for visiting the Kimberley coast with a number of adventure cruise vessels operating the pristine waters and providing a range of options that vary from beach camping in the Dampier Archipelago to 5 star cabins on luxury vessels. Its remote location means the Kimberley Coast is only accessible by air or sea but for those who make the trip the experience is truly extraordinary. Remote pristine beaches plunging waterfalls wild rivers teeming with marine life and incredible Aboriginal rock art sites are just some of the attractions to be witnessed. The Horizontal Waterfalls where the massive tides of the Kimberley squeeze through two small openings in the coast is one of the more spectacular points of interest and can be accessed by aircraft from Broome or Derby as well as by sea. exPerienCeS Enjoy a freshly-caught dinner of fish mud crabs or oysters on board your Kimberley cruise vessel Land at the Horizontal Waterfalls in a float plane and experience this incredible natural phenomenon Dive or snorkel amongst the rich marine life and coral reefs of the Rowley Shoals Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands Visit the Mermaid Tree a boab tree in Careening Bay emblazoned by Captain Philip Parker King in 1820 Learn from an Aboriginal guide as they provide an insight into the amazing rock art of the region Take a helicopter ride over the towering King George Falls Catch the elusive barramundi or one of the many other trophy species that inhabit these waters Hike inland and discover freshwater pools and waterfalls View the massive Montgomery Reef as it is exposed at low tide creating a series of waterfalls as the ocean cascades off the expanse Snorkelling and diving The North West s aquatic playgrounds are alive with masses of corals teaming with fish and home to an astonishing array of marine mammals. Visit some of the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago or take an extended charter to the Rowley Shoals Marine Park which offers exceptional diving experiences. PAGE 18 www.australiasnorthwest.com Buccaneer Archipelago Bungle Bungle Range SCeniC FliGhtS The vast area of the North West means that natural attractions can be hundreds of kilometres apart. A scenic flight not only saves travelling time but gives you a different perspective of the landscape. Local operators have unique knowledge of the area which means you can access places on which few people have ever laid foot. Imagine exploring the plunging gorges and thundering waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago the vast inland sea of Lake Argyle or the beehive domes of the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle Range and being home in time for sunset drinks Catch a float plane to experience the thrill of landing on the water after viewing the magnificent thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago or the absolutely unique Horizontal Falls. Try helifishing and be whisked away to remote locations to fish your own private river system. Tidal sands Horizontal Falls Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 19 Cockatoo Island Bullanyin Island Lake Argyle Mitchell Falls YOUR GATEWAY TO THE NORTH WEST Discover the majestic outback of the Kimberley and Pilbara with scheduled Jet services to Kununurra Broome Karratha and Port Hedland and also to Perth (operates seasonally) Book your next North West holiday flights accommodation tours and activities online at www.airnorth.com.au Airnorth Reservations freecall 1800 627 474 Golden Eagle Airlines Scenic Specialists of Australia s North West No visit to Australia s Northwest is complete without a trip to the wonders like the Buccaneer Archipelago Horizontal Waterfalls and Cape Leveque. This corner of the world is one of the most scenic locations you will ever come across. Let yourself be captivated by the breathtaking and awe inspiring views that can only be experienced from the air. We are one of the region s most experienced site seeing operators flying visitors to the wonders this area has to offer for over 20 years. Ph (08) 9193 7926 Email reservations goldeneagleairlines.com www.goldeneagleairlines.com Slingair Heliwork WA The flight of a lifetime We offer award winning air tours across the remote and rugged Kimberley. Our bases are in Broome Purnululu Mitchell Falls Kununurra El Questro Warmun and Drysdale. To comprehend the size and nature of the Kimberley you have to see it from the air. Our air tours are planned to show the best features of this huge landscape either by aeroplane or helicopter or both. Choose from fly drive day tours plane heli walk combos flights over Cable Beach Mitchell Falls or the ancient Bungle Bungle. Visit our website. Kununurra Broome Purnululu Mitchell Falls Warmun Drysdale Ph (08) 9169 1300 Web www.slingair.com.au PAGE 20 www.australiasnorthwest.com DOWNLOAD THE FREE EXPERIENCE WA APP FROM THE APP STORE OR THE ANDROID MARKET TODAY Holiday Planner Ad-Northwest.indd 1 22 11 11 2 42 PM What better way to explore the astounding beauty of our great state than by caravan campertrailer motorhome or tent. Enjoy the freedom to travel at your own pace and to explore off the beaten track. For more information visit www.caravanwa.com.au We even check Broome s camels for ticks. We make sure that when you travel your choice of activities offer the highest standards of service and professionalism. We check tourism businesses licences practices insurances and systems and if they meet the standard they earn the tick. So whether you re choosing tours activities or accommodation look for the tick and you ll know that we ve checked them out before you check in To find Accredited Tourism Businesses in WA visit trustthetick.com.au Connecting The North W est Port Hedland Kununurra Broome Phone bookings Karratha 1300 66 00 88 Web bookings skywest.com.au Y our State. Y our Airline. PAGE 22 www.australiasnorthwest.com DRIVES YOUR DOLLAR FURTHER BUDGET GPS Child seats 24hr Roadside Assistance Cars Trucks Utes 4WDs & Minibuses BROOME - KARRATHA - KUNUNURRA - PARABURDOO - PORT HEDLAND - NEWMAN Nearest location budget.com.au 13 27 27 Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 23 FREE SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE BUNGLE BUNGLES CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL WITH ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES 10 NIGHT SAILINGS - APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2012 Join Orion Expedition Cruises to explore the Kimberley in comfortable luxury. With 100 guests cared for by an experienced crew of 75 life on board is relaxed and casually elegant. You will rediscover your capacity for relaxation indulgence and your thirst for knowledge and exploration. Experience our Kimberley highlights which includes Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art Zodiac landings on remote islands exploring gorges searching for saltwater crocodiles plus enjoy a complimentary scenic flight over the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges. Com Timor the kimberley Arafura Sea DARWIN Vansittart Bay King George Falls N o r t h e r n Te r r i t o r y Wyndham Kununurra Bungle Bungles Mitchell Falls Montgomery Reef Crocodile Creek & Nares Point Hunter River Raft Point For more information or to make a booking call 1300 361 012 visit www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel agent. Horizontal Waterfalls & Talbot Bay BROOME B O R N E O V I E T N A M R U S S I A N FA R E A S T I N L A N D S E A O F J A PA N K I M B E R L E Y PA P U A N E W G U I N E A A N TA R C T I C A Please note these voyages are made up of two international sailings and will be ticketed as such. 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Free call 1800 999 677 Email res caseytours.com.au www.caseytours.com.au PAGE 24 N Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Breaker Inlet Cape Keraudren INDIAN 100 r A pie OCEAN HWY Pardoo Roadhouse 0 20 40 rch ipe lag o 60 80 Port Hedland Sha GREAT www.australiasnorthwest.com Scale in Kilometres w Montebello Islands Depuch Point Island m Da Samson Dampier Karratha Cossack Roebourne N ER TH R NO DeG rey River River Y HW TA L CO AS Cape Range Nat. Pk. Ri ve r R 7 Tu r ee Henry Ck NOR TH Coral Bay Ri ve r the PilBArA reGiOn le Yu a Pe Barrow Island Marble Bar wa hR Sh er k loc Private Road Permit required R. R ob e Fortescue rtes Fo cue Roadhouse Millstream Chichester Nat. Pk. Ri ve r Mackerel Islands T GREA Onslow Pannawonica Ri HAM ERS Private Road Permit required River CHIC HEST E Nullagine R RAN GE ve r North Muiron Is. South Muiron Is. North West Cape LEY Exmouth b sh ur to n Auski Roadhouse RA Fortesc ue A Learmonth Exmouth Gulf Ri v er do Lyn ricorn Tropic of Cap Ya W T ES Nanutarra Roadhouse Ri ve r a nn Tom Price Hardey Rive r rie Mt Bruce Karijini National Park Mt. Meharry Paraburdoo . Mile Ck 1249m Highest mountain in W.A. NORTHERN OPTH A LMIA RA Newman Ash burt on Ange Ri n lo River Capricorn Roadhouse HWY ve r WESTERN AUSTRALIA PERTH Minilya Roadhouse C Copyright Australia s North West THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND TOOK FOUR BILLION YEARS TO PERFECT. In one of Australia s largest national parks nature has been hard at work shaping some of the oldest rocks on Earth into spectacular waterslides climbing challenges and scenery. Karijini National Park The Pilbara WelCOMe tO the PilBArA Whether you are after a spot of fishing or an insight into Western Australia s growing resource sector the Pilbara is a region of contrasts with many natural attractions to explore. With months of predictable warm weather and clear blue skies the region beckons travellers to experience the timeless beauty of the Australian landscape from vast national parks to some of the most beautiful coastline in the country. Home to island reserves a marine park and stunning beaches the Pilbara offers world-class diving snorkelling and fishing with amazing marine diversity. Be dazzled by the ocean sunsets and time it right and you will see the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon which can be viewed from certain locations along the coast. A visit to the Pilbara is not complete without taking the time to discover Karijini National Park where massive escarpments together with waterways and plunging gorges combine to form an intriguing landscape millions of years old. The ancient Pilbara landscape embraces the fascinating stories of an indigenous culture. The Warlu Way drive trail traverses through the Pilbara tracing the way of the mystical sea serpent while revealing the mysteries of Aboriginal legends from the deep pools at Millstream-Chichester National Park to the prehistoric rock art of the Burrup Peninsula petroglyphs. Rich in natural resources and known as the engine room of the nation the Pilbara provides ample opportunity for visitors to learn about and tour current mining operations. Recently immortalised in the Australian film Red Dog Pilbara towns epitomise a pioneering Aussie spirit that is shared and celebrated throughout this unique region of Australia. PAGE 26 www.australiasnorthwest.com Python Pool Millstream Chichester National Park Dales Gorge PilBArA nAtiOnAl PArKS The ancient landscape of the Pilbara is home to several stunning national parks. Why not spend some time exploring the varied wonders of Millstream Chichester and Karijini and discover a unique holiday experience. Park Fees & Passes Visitor fees apply to some national parks and many are managed by Park Rangers. If you intend visiting a number of parks you may consider purchasing a Holiday Park Pass from www.dec.wa.gov.au Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) Karratha Office (08) 9182 2000 Karijini National Park (08) 9189 8147 Karijini Visitor Centre (08) 9189 8121 Millstream Chichester National Park (08) 9184 5144 Karijini highlights include Fortescue Falls Circular Pool and Fern Pool in Dales Gorge. What is possibly the most stunning lookout in Australia Oxers Lookout is the junction of four mighty gorges Red Weano Joff re and Hancock Gorges. Whether it s a light walk or a vigorous hike you re seeking you won t be disappointed by your Karijini adventure. Dingoes are common in Karijini National Park. They have learnt to scavenge for food and can become aggressive. Never feed dingoes supervise your children at all times walk in groups and store your food and iceboxes in your vehicle. Access into the park is via sealed and unsealed roads - from Karratha via the Millstream Link from Tom Price in the west and Newman in the east. There are toilet shower and basic camping facilities and an Aboriginal owned and operated eco-retreat. Make sure you drop into the award winning interactive visitor centre for a park brochure. Karijini national Park The jewel of the Pilbara the Karijini experience is an adventure more than two billion years in the making. One of its big attractions is its accessibility - pull into the car park walk 50 metres to peer into a 100 metre gorge and see waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools below. For the fit and adventurous you can take one of the many walk trails to explore the gorges further. Adventure tours including abseiling and rock-climbing are available through an accredited tour operator. Contact the Visitor Centre Karijini Eco Retreat for further information. Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 27 Karijini National Park Dales Gorge Knox Gorge Karijini National Park Visitors Centre Millstream Chichester national Park Karlamilyi national Park (formerly rudall river national Park) At over 1 200 000 hectares the Karlamilyi National Park is the largest national park in Western Australia. In fact it is one of the largest in the world and one of the most remote places on earth. The park sits on the boundary between the Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts. The closest settlement is Newman hundreds of kilometres away. The area is extremely rugged and remote it must be stressed that you should not travel through here unless you have exceptional off-road experience are well prepared and have sufficient food water medical and mechanical supplies. Please be aware there are no facilities by way of communications fresh water supplies signage park ranger services camping facilities or picnic areas. Rolling hills spectacular escarpments and winding tree-lined watercourses make up the 200 000 hectare Millstream Chichester National Park. The park boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools like Python Pool which is accessible by sealed and unsealed road and holds fresh water year round. Further into the park the Fortescue River creates deep pools like Crossing Pool and Deep Reach whilst fresh water springs create tropical areas like Jirndawurrunha Pool. The Millstream Visitor Centre is about 140 kilometres southeast of Karratha. Access into the park is via the Millstream Link - a sealed then unsealed road or via unsealed road from Roebourne. The Old Millstream Homestead now serves as the park s visitor centre and gives a good insight into the pastoral history of the area. There are no services in the park apart from basic camping facilities so if you are planning to spend extended time within the park make sure you have adequate supplies. PAGE 28 www.australiasnorthwest.com Mt Bruce Mining near Mt Bruce tAKe tiMe Out tO diSCOVer An AdVenture... 10 dAyS OF AdVenture in the PilBArA The wide open spaces of the Pilbara provide the traveller with the perfect place to experience the outback holiday for which Australia is renowned. Spectacular scenery and months on end of sunny weather make it an ideal destination to enjoy an extended drive holiday. The Warlu Way is a designated drive trail through the Pilbara and is a great way to experience the highlights of this region. Some roads may need a permit before commencing your drive check with a Visitor Centre before embarking on your journey. Day 1 & 2 Tom Price Karijini National Park Follow the Warlu Way from Nanutarra Roadhouse on the Great Northern Highway and head to Tom Price the highest town in Western Australia. Take a fascinating tour of the massive operations at Rio Tinto s open-cut iron ore mine. Drive to the top of Mt Nameless - Jarndunmunha to the local Indigenous people -for unsurpassed views of the stunning Hamersley Ranges. Continue out of town to the awe inspiring Karijini National Park. Take in the award-winning Karijini Visitor Centre and its interesting interpretative information. Walk the designated trails into the depths of Dales Gorge be rewarded with a refreshing dip in the emerald coloured pools of Fern Pool Fortescue Falls and Circular Pool. Enjoy an overnight stay in the park in tented accommodation or camp in one of the two campgrounds. Check out the west side of the national park including the stunning Kalimina Gorge to explore the waterfall upstream. Don t miss the Joffre Falls lookout and the most spectacular lookout in Australia Oxer s Lookout the junction of Weano Red Hancock and Joffre Gorges. For the fit and adventurous descend to the bottom of Hancock Gorge or Weano Gorge swim in freshwater pools and tuck into a picnic lunch amongst some of the oldest rocks in the world. Day 3 Millstream Chichester National Park From Karijini to Millstream Chichester journey along the unsealed road adjacent to the longest privately owned railway in the world. A permit to drive on this private road can be obtained from the Tom Price Visitor Centre. You will encounter more than one 2.5km locomotive transporting iron ore from the inland mine to the Port of Dampier. Visit the original Millstream Homestead which has been transformed into the park s Visitor Centre. Walk trails take you around the lushly tropical Jirndawurrunha Pool which links the homestead with Crossing Pool. Enjoy the spectacular sunset at Cliff Lookout. Before exiting the park take a drive along the winding road to the peak of Mount Herbert for amazing views of the plain. Upon descent enjoy a refreshing swim at Python Pool. Camp in one of the several designated areas within the park. Day 4 Dampier Archipelago & Burrup Peninsula Travel to Karratha and Dampier and jump onboard a cruise around magnificent Dampier Archipelago. Great swimming and snorkelling can be had in many of the protected beaches and bays of the Archipelago. From July to September migratory whales can be seen in large numbers. For the more independent-minded traveller hire a boat and head out amongst the 42 islands into the deep blue for some serious fishing. Red emperor coral trout and snapper feature in the Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 29 Pretty Pool Port Hedland Breaker Inlet Cossack Python Pool INDIAN OCEAN HWY E RN Pardoo Roadhouse Port Hedland GREAT NO H RT Point Samson Dampier Karratha Cossack Roebourne Marble Bar Private Road Permit required Fortescue Roadhouse Millstream Chichester Onslow Pannawonica Highway Major Road Sealed Road CHIC HEST ER Nullagine RAN GE T G GREA HAM ERS LEY Exmouth Exmouth Gulf Unsealed Road Auski Roadhouse N Suggested Route 0 20 40 60 80 100 Tom Price Paraburdoo Mt Bruce Karijini National Park Mt. Meharry Scale in Kilometres 1249m Highest mountain in W.A. NORTHERN OPTH Newman Capricorn Roadhouse Hancock Gorge Karijini National Park Burrup Peninsula NOR TH Minilya Roadhouse 2 BilliOn yeArS in the MAKinG. C Copyright Australia s North West daily catch. Head to the protected beach at Hearson s Cove on the Burrup Peninsula and check out nearby Deep Gorge to see an array of Aboriginal rock engravings known as petroglyphs. Afternoon shadows allow visitors a superior view of the thousands of petroglyphs at this site. Visit the Karratha Visitor Centre where you can join a tour of the mine facilities and learn about the huge exports of iron ore and natural gas that make this region the economic powerhouse of Australia. Day 5 Point Samson Continue on your journey to Point Samson enjoying a stop in the historic town of Roebourne en route and drop into the Visitor Centre. It is located within the historic Old Gaol and museum. It provides a great opportunity to discover the region s rich colourful history. Drive or walk Emma Withnell heritage trail and step back in time but before heading out of town be sure to check out local Indigenous artists at work at one of the nearby art galleries. Don t miss the historic buildings at Cossack the earliest port along the WA coastline and enjoy the view from Reader Head Lookout. The fishing village of Point Samson is located right on the water with a number of accommodation options. Before you leave ensure you take the time to enjoy a sunset drink and seafood feast whilst overlooking the picturesque coast. Day 6 Port Hedland Rejoin the Warlu Way and head north to Port Hedland via the historic copper mining town of Whim Creek. Tour BHP Billiton port facilities follow the cultural and heritage trail and check out the historical museum and Court House Gallery. Visitors can enjoy the harbour the closest vantage point in Australia to observe the movement of massive ore-carriers and salt ships passing through. At certain times of the year turtles can be seen nesting on Cemetery Beach. You can t miss the massive salt piles that act as a gateway to the town which is just one of the major exports that help to make this port one of the busiest in Australia. Day 7 & 8 Cape Keraudren Eighty Mile Beach Driving north from Port Hedland on the Warlu Way there are a number of places to turn off to the coast and enjoy a few days of relaxing camping. Visit the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve a haven for marine and terrestrial animals and make camp. Eighty Mile Beach is a little further along the highway and has a large caravan park with a number of accommodation options. Fish for threadfin salmon from the beach and marvel at the sight of the endless stretch of sand that gives this place its name. Day 9 Marble Bar Backtrack from Eighty Mile Beach and then turn inland towards Marble Bar. Famous for its record stretch of high temperatures during the winter months the weather is very pleasant with warm sunny days and cool nights. See the marble bar that gave the town its name and find out what it really is made of. Seek out one of the several waterholes in the area that make this place a real oasis. Day 10 Newman Head back to the highway and make your way to the inland Pilbara town of Newman. The southernmost town in the Pilbara Newman was established as a mining town to service the giant Mount Newman iron ore mining operations. It is now a busy regional centre. Whilst there visit the Opthalmia Dam or take a tour of the mine site. If travelling in a four-wheel-drive it is possible to take the unsealed road from Marble Bar to Newman. Make sure you enquire about road conditions before embarking. PAGE 30 www.australiasnorthwest.com Direction Island s only cabin Termite mounds Beach boardwalk Onslow Courthouse and gaol Old Onslow OnSlOW & the MACKerel iSlAndS Located 1 386 kilometres north of Perth the beachside township of Onslow is the perfect holiday stop-over and one of the few places where the sun rises and sets over water. Onslow enjoys a year round idyllic climate and the picturesque Ashburton River is just a half hour drive away. Enjoy fishing and mud crabbing at Five Mile or Three Mile Pool. Visitors are advised not to swim at the Ashburton River or creek systems in the area as Estuarine Crocodiles have been reported to inhabit these waters but there are nice beaches in town where you can take a dip. Near the mouth of the Ashburton discover the ruins of Old Onslow where historic buildings including the gaol and courthouse can still be seen. Accommodation includes a caravan park chalets and a resort motel. The Mackerel Islands are located 22 kilometres off the Onslow coast and their casual ambience provides an ideal escape for all holiday seekers. Jump aboard with a local operator by boat or light plane to explore the colourful marine wonderland. Go fishing snorkelling and diving relaxing on white sandy beaches beachcombing for exotic shells and enjoying picturesque sunsets. Accommodation is available on two islands Thevenard and Direction Island. exPerienCeS Be amazed by thousands of termite mounds that stand tall to the harsh conditions of the North West Wander along the Onslow Boardwalk for spectacular sunrises and sunsets Check out the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon Visit the Goods Shed Museum with its vast collection of old machinery bottles and memorabilia Throw in a line at the Groyne or Four Mile Creek. If you have a boat cruise the creek system or head for the Mackerel Islands Dive snorkel or go fishing and beachcombing Onslow Tourist Centre 2nd Avenue Onslow Western Australia 6710 Phone (08) 9184 6644 Fax (08) 9184 6863 Email onslowtc bigpond.com Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 31 Cooler Island Holidays Rent your own island... located off the coast in the Pilbara region you ll find this small island surrounded by coral reef. There are no roads bars swimming pools or crowds rather there s just one beach cabin. Dive snorkel fish explore & relax. To book call (08) 9184 6444 or visit A unique holiday destination surrounded 360 by the ocean. There s comfortable self-contained beach cabins plus Club Thevenard accommodation village a restaurant bar and pool. Experience world-class fishing diving and snorkelling. Thevenard Island http www.mackerelislands.com.au Onslow Western Australia Pilbara s finest accommodation right on the oceans edge in Onslow New bar & restauraNt OpeNiNg iN 2012 Executive suites ocean front suites a studio unit The Ashburton Resort Motel is ideal for the corporate traveller or tourist. A range of rates to suit your budget makes The Ashburton Resort Motel the premium accommodation choice in Onslow. For bookings call (08) 9184 6586 visit www.ashburtonresortonslow.com.au or email bookings ashburtonresortonslow.com PAGE 32 www.australiasnorthwest.com Roebourne Gaol Cossack Point Samson Habour POint SAMSOn PeninSulA Point Samson Pristine beaches beautiful coral gardens and abundant fish beckon you to Point Samson. The acres of coral grounds off the nearby islands are some of Australia s best while the beaches offer excellent snorkelling and fishing all year round. The town offers four-star resort accommodation several boutique style bed and breakfasts modern caravan parks and holiday homes. Cossack roebourne Named after the first Western Australian surveyor General John Septimus Roe and proclaimed in 1866 Roebourne is the oldest settlement in the North West. Make sure to visit the heritage listed Old Roebourne Gaol - now home to the Visitor Centre & Historical Museum offering an insight into pioneer and Indigenous history along with local arts and crafts. Check out one of many Aboriginal art galleries and the Emma Withnell Heritage Trail a 52 kilometre walk or drive route to Cossack that commemorates the first lady of the Pilbara . Originally known as Tien Tsin Cossack was established in 1863 as the North West s first port for the pastoral and pearling industries. Today Cossack is a ghost town although many beautifully restored historical buildings still offer a fantastic insight to the hardships and successes of the first settlers. The Cossack Art Awards are held annually with the Bond Store coming to life with artists work from around the country. The Old Police Barracks offers budget accommodation and the restored Customs Building hosts a modern caf and art studio. exPerienCeS Fishing options abound - from tidal creeks beach fishing or join a deep sea charter Discover the region s rich colourful history at Cossack and Roebourne Drive or walk the Emma Withnell heritage trail and step back into time Picnic at Harding Dam Check out local Indigenous artists at work Watch the Staircase to the Moon at Cossack on certain dates from March to October Enjoy the panoramic view from Reader Head Lookout Join the Port to Port tour including Cape Lambert Feast on seafood at Point Samson Visit the secluded bay of Honeymoon Cove Wickham Named after J.C. Wickham the captain of HMS Beagle who surveyed the North West coast in 1840 Wickham was built to service the Pilbara Iron workers and is home to the massive port facilities at Cape Lambert. Check out the 70 tonne haul truck on display at the entrance to town or wander along the secluded beaches around Port Walcott for an ideal fishing spot. Roebourne Visitor Centre & Old Gaol Museum Queen Street Roebourne Western Australia 6718 Ph (08) 9182 1060 Email roebourne.info bigpond.com Website www.pilbaracoast.com Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 33 Cossack coastline Cape Lambert Point Samson Resort Luxury in the outback TaTa s Restaurant Fine flavours and fresh creations An essential Pilbara experience www.pointsamson.com (08) 9187 1052 Roebourne Visitor Centre Have a question Ask a local. For easy local information visit the Roebourne Visitor Centre housed in the old Gaol Museum. Roebourne is the oldest serving town in the North West with many old buildings which have a rich history. Ask about our Port to Port Tour that includes Cape Lambert which has the second longest jetty in Australia at 3.65kms and the highest at 17.5m in the Southern Hemisphere. This tour runs from May to October Mon Wed and Fri 9.30am to 1.30pm from the Visitor Centre with a stop for lunch at Cossack. Bookings are essential. Opening hours May to October Mon Fri 9am-4pm. Sat & Sun 9am-3pm (incl public holidays) Nov to April Mon Fri 9am-3pm. Sat & Sun closed (incl public holidays) Ph (08) 9182 1060 Email roebourne.info bigpond.com www.pilbaracoast.com PAGE 34 www.australiasnorthwest.com Hearson s Cove CentrAl PilBArA COASt Karratha Located 1535 kilometres north of Perth on the North West Coastal Highway aptly named good country Karratha is the fastest growing town in the Pilbara. Founded in the late 1960s due to the tremendous growth of the iron ore industry today it s a busy modern town. Climb TV Hill lookout for panoramic views or enjoy a cultural experience with a walk along the Jaburara Heritage Trail. Head to the protected beach at Hearson s Cove for a swim have a picnic and stay to see the Staircase to the Moon on certain dates from March to October. On your way through to the cove check out nearby Deep Gorge to see an array of Aboriginal rock engravings. Karratha is also the gateway to the 42 islands of the magnificent Dampier Archipelago and Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks. Accommodation options include caravan parks motel hotels and apartments and prior bookings are highly recommended. With near-perfect warm winter temperatures it s just the place to escape the southern cold and to soak up the sun. dampier Located 20 kilometres west of Karratha this port town takes its name from the English buccaneer William Dampier. Built by Hamersley Iron in 1965 it is one of the largest tonnage shipping ports in Australia and houses the massive export facilities of Pilbara Iron Dampier Salt and the North West Gas Shelf Project. It is also the departure point for boat cruises and fishing charters into the spectacular Dampier Archipelago. Dampier has a beautiful white beach with barbecue facilities where you can relax under the coconut trees and watch the spectacular sunsets. Don t miss the memorial to Red Dog on the way into town. Stop and read about the North West s favourite canine and his remarkable story immortalised in Red Dog fast becoming one of the most successful Australian movies of all time. The Red Dog statue is a hit with visitors to Dampier who have seen this feel-good movie. dampier Archipelago island reserves The Dampier Archipelago s 42 islands lie off the Pilbara coast. They offer excellent boating with many world-class snorkelling diving and fishing locations. White sandy beaches and blue waters are ideal for swimming or just lazing the day away. Green Hawksbill and Flatback turtles nest on several beaches in the archipelago and six species of marine mammals can be sighted in the waters around the islands. The area is well known for whale watching and some of the islands have the remains of old settlements dating back to the 1800s. Most of the islands are Island Reserves so check with DEC on (08) 9182 2000 before you go as to which are accessible for visiting and camping. Karratha Visitor Centre Lot 4548 Karratha Road Karratha Western Australia 6714 Ph (08) 9144 4600 Email info pilbaracoast.com Website www.pilbaracoast.com Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 35 Fishing near the Burrup Peninsula Karratha spring tide Dampier Sturt Desert Pea Karratha salt pans Red Dog Memorial Montebello islands Marine Park Burrup Peninsula Lying 130 kilometres west of Dampier is the Montebello Islands Marine Park. The reserve is a group of more than 250 low-lying limestone islands and islets surrounded by white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Montebello Islands Marine Park. The water is perfect for diving snorkelling and exploring as well as providing fertile fishing grounds in the recreational and general use zones. Collect a brochure highlighting the zones from the DEC office in Karratha. The islands gained notoriety in the 1950s when Britain tested three atomic weapons there. The Burrup Peninsula is living proof of the more than 30 000 year old history of the Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and home to thousands of Aboriginal archaeological sites. Rock engravings known as petroglyphs may number over 100 000 making it the largest rock art site in the world. You can see good examples at Deep Gorge near Hearson s Cove Beach within easy walking distance and accessible to all vehicles. The engraved motifs generally depict anthropomorphic figures fauna animal tracks and abstract symbols and are considered to be among the earliest examples of art in the world. These Aboriginal sites are unique and an irreplaceable cultural resource for all and the Burrup Art was heritage listed in July 2007. Please help preserve these sites for future generations avoid touching or stepping on the art and do not mark the art in any way. exPerienCeS Dive or snorkel at one of a hundred pristine sites Join a day or sunset cruise or a fishing charter Watch the Staircase to the Moon at Hearson s Cove Witness turtle nesting on remote beaches from October to February Relax on the blue clear waters and you may see dolphins and whales frolic View the Petroglyphs - ancient Aboriginal rock engravings at Deep Gorge Visit Hearson Cove for a relaxing BBQ and swim Camp on remote islands and spend the days beachcombing and relaxing Visit the North West Shelf Venture Visitor Centre and overlook the gas plant Walk the Jaburara Aboriginal Heritage Walk Trail Join the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Industry Tour of the port facilities and stockpiles Visit Millstream Chichester National Park and explore its expansive ranges and fresh waterways Four-wheel drive to a number of remote fishing and camping sites PAGE 36 www.australiasnorthwest.com Something for everyone Pilbara Holiday Park Caravan Camping Cabins Rosemary Road Karratha WA 6714 Phone (08) 9185 1855 Freecall 1800 451 855 pilbara aspenparks.com.au HHHH 1704 aspenparks.com.au http www.aspenparks.com.au Overlooking the Woodside-operated Karratha Gas Plant learn about Australia s largest oil and gas resource development and the upstream energy business in an interactive environment. Opening hours are seasonal so please phone ahead. Enquiries (08) 9158 8292. Admission is free. www.woodside.com.au northwestshelf North West Shelf Venture Visitors Centre Discovery Sailing Adventures Dampier Archipelago Australia s Northwest Wonderland Its all here aboard the Blue Marlin a 12 metre flybridge cruising dive boat. 42 Islands beautiful beaches fish coral life whale watching swimming diving and cruising. Let skipper Brad an enigmatic local give you a special insight to the area with a memorable day out on the warm waters off the coast of Dampier. The Blue Marlin departs from Hampton Harbour Dampier or by arrangement. For full details contact Skipper Brad 0408 801 040 Email beaumont2 westnet.com.au www.discoverysailingadventures.com.au Karratha Visitors Centre KARRATHA and the Pilbara offer unrivalled natural beauty mixed with the amazing resources boom of the North West. For those who love the water there are boating and fishing tours of the incredible Dampier Archipelago. Inland there are stunning national parks including Karijini and Millstream just waiting to be explored. Around the region are quaint towns with their own vibes including Point Samson and the historic township of Cossack. And don t forget to book the popular Resources of the Pilbara tour. Ph (08) 9144 4600 www.pilbaracoast.com Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 37 ecoretreat karijini Unique luxury eco tents king beds linen - with ensuite Quality licensed restaurant & bar and guest BBQs Campsites also available with share facilities Tour desk coach and adventure tours. Book online 100% owned by Gumala Aboriginal Corporation Off Weano Rd Karijini National Park Ph 9425 5591 Email reservations karijiniecoretreat.com.au An authentic outback experience www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au Karijini National Park Full Day Tours Rio Tinto Iron Ore Tom Price Mine Tour Group Charters Air Conditioned Coach or Bus Travel Full Commentary with Local Guide Enquiries & Bookings Bob & Sue Stump Ph (08) 9189 2032 Fax (08) 9189 1975 Email info lestoktours.com.au www.lestoktours.com.au Tom Price Tourist Park Our park is nestled at the base of the stunning Mt Nameless. It is the ideal base within driving distance to the world famous Karajini National Park. A popular and enjoyable respite with clean and modern facilities well grassed and shaded sites sealed interconnecting roads. Ph (08) 9189 1515 Email tompricetouristpark westnet.com.au www.tompricetouristpark.com.au Discovered in 1957 by veteran prospector Stan Hilditch the Iron Ore deposit was named Whaleback because the hill resembled the shape of a humpback whale. Mt Whaleback has some of the highest grade Iron Ore being mined in the world and has the enviable title of world s largest open cut iron ore mine . Tours depart daily from the Newman Visitor Centre from April through to September and Mon Fri from October through to March and go for approx 1.5 hours. It is an essential requirement of the mine tour that all visitors wear long sleeved shirts to the wrist full length pants and fully enclosed shoes. Special tours for groups and specific times can be made by prior arrangement please just ask our friendly staff. For times & bookings please contact the Newman Visitor Centre P (08) 9175 2888 F (08) 9175 2964 E newmanvc bigpond.com PAGE 38 www.australiasnorthwest.com Massive industry Pannawonica Rodeo Ando s Gap Newman inlAnd PilBArA Home to the spectacular wilderness areas of Millstream Chichester & Karijini National Parks inland Pilbara s small mining towns offer a friendly face a unique insight into life in the outback and a chance to explore off the beaten track. tom Price At 747 metres Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia. This pretty township is a great place to stop offering a caravan park and hotel motel. Check out the massive Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine on an organised local tour or visit Kings Lake for a barbecue or picnic. You literally can t miss Mt Nameless known as Jarndunmunha to local Indigenous people the peak stands 1128 metres above sea level - take a drive or walk to the top for an amazing view. The wonders of Karijini National Park are just 45 minutes away and you can join a day tour to explore this ancient land. Paraburdoo Lying 24 kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn on a sealed road linking Nanutarra Roadhouse and Tom Price Paraburdoo is a small mining town. Named after the Aboriginal term Pirupardu meaning meat feathers because of the town s proliferation of white Corellas Paraburdoo is home to the main commercial airport for the inland Pilbara region and offers motel accommodation. newman Pannawonica Situated 47 kilometres along a sealed road off the North West Coastal Highway this small mining town provides a western gateway to Millstream Chichester National Park though accommodation is very limited. Usually a quiet country town each September the community comes to life for the Robe River Rodeo. Newman is the largest modern mining town in the inland Pilbara. Sitting on the edge of the Western Desert the town is surrounded by the ancient eroded hills of the Ophthalmia Ranges and dominated by Mount Newman a peak 1053 metres above sea level. In 1957 a massive iron ore deposit was discovered at Mt Whaleback which is now the largest single open-cut iron ore mine in the world. Take a tour to see the huge mining operations and visit the Mining and Pastoral Museum. Hotel and caravan park accommodation is provided early bookings are recommended. Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 39 Opthalmia Dam Newman Gingianna Pool Marble Bar Karijini National Park nullagine North of Newman the tiny township of Nullagine was first proclaimed after the discovery of gold in 1888 and lays claim to further discoveries of diamonds and gemstones. Nullagine s red granite hills create a unique landscape with an abundance of rock holes winter wildflowers and wildlife. Take a walk among the ancient rocks of Conglomerate Gorge or enjoy the peace and natural beauty of Elle s Pool. exPerienCeS Visit Millstream Chichester National Park and explore its expansive ranges and fresh waterways See the dust fly at Pannawonica s Robe River Rodeo Explore the ancient landscape of Karijini National Park home to a series of picturesque gorges and waterfalls Drive to the top of Mount Nameless (Jarndunmunha) in Tom Price for stunning views View the massive mining operations at the Rio Tinto Ore Mine (Tom Price) or Mt Whaleback Mine (Newman) Visit the historical Comet Gold Mine (Marble Bar) Take in the vast rugged surroundings of Newman from Radio Hill Lookout or picnic at Kings Lake Ophthalmia Dam or Kalgans Pool Marble Bar Marble Bar is a unique example of a pioneering outback town from the gold rush days of the late 1800s. It is home to the Comet Gold Mine and the Corunna Downs Airbase which was one of the best kept secrets of World War II. Marble Bar has earned the reputation as Australia s hottest town from the consistently high temperatures during the summer months but in pleasant contrast the winter months boast mild daytime temperatures and cool nights. Tom Price Visitor Centre Central Road Tom Price Western Australia 6751 Ph (08) 9188 1112 Fax (08) 9189 1441 Email info tompricewa.com.au Website www.tompricewa.com.au Newman Visitor Centre Cnr Fortescue Ave & Newman Drive Newman Western Australia 6753 Ph (08) 9175 2888 Email newmanvc bigpond.com Website www.newman-wa.org PAGE 40 www.australiasnorthwest.com Cemetery Beach Park Port Hedland Salt mining Eighty Mile Beach POrt hedlAnd Port hedland Approximately 220 kilometres north of Karratha Port Hedland is renowned for its massive resource industry long trains big ships and salt piles. It s also a great spot for fishing whale watching crabbing viewing the Staircase to the Moon and for watching turtles nesting along Cemetery Beach. Visit Dalgety House an historic pastoral era dwelling museum and interpretive centre. View Indigenous Pilbara arts and crafts at the Courthouse Gallery or wander through the open air Don Rhodes Mining Museum. Dine with a difference at the Silver Star a converted luxury railway carriage from Port Hedland s important rail history. Follow the Cultural and Heritage Trail which clearly maps Port Hedland s rich Indigenous and early European history. Catch the breathtaking views from Koombana Lookout or head off and explore the tidal creeks at Pretty Pool and Six Mile Creek and enjoy the seasonal display of wildflowers. Caravan parks motels and hotel accommodation are available and prior bookings are strongly recommended. Cape Keraudren & eig hty Mile Beach Heading further north Eighty Mile Beach and Cape Keraudren are nature reserve areas with pristine coastline perfect for fishing fossicking for shells or sitting back and enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. Remember to return any shells from where they came. Pardoo & Sandfire Roadhouses located north of Port Hedland on the Great Northern Highway are a welcome stopping point and offer basic accommodation as well as caravan and camping facilities on the drive between Port Hedland and Broome. exPerienCeS Tour BHP Billiton port facilities Enjoy the harbour at sunset the closest vantage point in Australia to observe the movement of massive ore-carriers and salt ships passing through Follow the Cultural and Heritage Trail and visit the historical museum Browse through the Courthouse Gallery a showcase to the regional identity of the Pilbara Picnic and enjoy a refreshing swim at Pretty Pool See turtles nesting on Cemetery Beach during the season Visit the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve a haven for marine and terrestrial animals Experience the magnificent sunsets and go fishing on Eighty Mile Beach Port Hedland Visitor Centre 13 Wedge Street Port Hedland Western Australia 6721 Ph (08) 9173 1711 Email phtbinfo norcom.net.au Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 41 Cooke Point Holiday Park Caravan Camping Cabins 2 Taylor Street Port Hedland WA 6721 Phone (08) 9173 1271 Freecall 1800 459 999 cookepoint aspenparks.com.au HHHH Something for everyone http www.aspenparks.com.au aspenparks.com.au 1704 The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland The fully refurbished Esplanade Hotel with its wide sweeping verandas provides guests with beautifully appointed rooms and unsurpassed experience in dining conference and functions venues. All the rooms feature jarrah timber and quality soft furnishings and have a queen or king bed (twin rooms available) private ensuite writing desk internet access direct dial phones flat screen TV fully stocked minibar and complimentary Foxtel. Our aim is to provide the best service in a warm and friendly family environment. Located in The West End of Port Hedland and within walking distance to the port coast and shops The Esplanade Hotel offers well appointed rooms for the corporate or holiday traveller. 2-4 Anderson Street Port Hedland WA 6721 Ph (08) 9173 2783 Fax (08) 9173 2100 Email info theesplanadeporthedland.com.au www.theesplanadeporthedland.com.au Brand New Resort Hotel for Port Hedland The Landing - Setting the Standard The Landing Resort Hotel in Port Hedland due to undergo development this year will open it s doors to the public in 2013. With four-star facilities restaurants and walking distance from shops The Landing will set the standard for high quality accommodation in the Pilbara. Located Along Warlu Way just minutes from Port Hedland International Airport and en-route to Eighty Mile Beach and Broome The Landing will be a brand new quality base for tourists to explore the Pilbara and Australia s stunning North West Region. http www.thelandingporthedland.com.au www. .com.au N PAGE 42 Highway Major Road WESTERN AUSTRALIA PERTH Sealed Road Cape Londonderry Unsealed Road Cape Talbot 0 60 80 20 40 100 Cape Bougainville Scale in Kilometres Admiralty Kalumburu River Bonaparte Gulf Joseph INDIAN lag Montague Sound OCEAN Rive Ar Bigge Is. o Gulf www.australiasnorthwest.com c e hip Mitc Ca R. rso Mitchell River Nat. Pk. n Bo na r pa te Mitchell Falls r Prince Frederick Harb. Drysdale River National Park Cambridge Gulf hell Forrest R Cockatoo I Koolan I Collier Bay Horizontal Falls Durack Kooljaman Resort Lombadina One Arm Point River HWY Ch r lai n Mt. Barnett Charnley Roadhouse Four Wheel Drive (high clearance) RIV ER RD River n am River ER Derby GIBB GREAT Tunnel Creek Nat. Pk. NORTHERN W.A. - N.T. BORDER Roebuck Roadhouse Fi tz ro y EAT GR Willare Bridge Roadhouse Or d E TIN BUN HWY Roebuck Bay HWY Gantheaume Pt. Broome Fitzroy Crossing r Rive Ch ris tm Geikie Gorge National Park Halls Creek DUNCAN k ee RD ER N NO RT H HWY Cr ee k EAT GR To Pilbara C Copyright Australia s North West Wolf Creek Crater Nat. Park rt Stu NORTHERN as Cr Wave Hill Katherine Meda Windjana Gorge Nat. Pk. 4WD Mornington Wilderness Camp Bungle Bungles Purnululu National Park NO R Imintji Store RT H TERRITORY Ch ils o Ro ell b inso Beagle Bay W King Sound n R . River Warmun Bow be N Isd DUNCA N Mount Hart vehicles are recommended for the GIBB RIVER and KALUMBURU ROADS. R er Riv Argyle Diamond Mine Timber Creek Katherine Cape Leveque ar Mt. Elizabeth y nle R RD the KiMBerley reGiOn Camden Sound Prince Regent Nature Reserve y Dr Drysdale River sd al e R Wyndham Home Valley ER RIV Pr inc e Kununurra V IC El Questro RD TO Re ge nt Buccanee r Archipelago R GIBB Keep River National Park RIA Lake Argyle Village Doubtful Bay HWY Gibb River Doon Doon Roadhouse Lake Argyle IN THE WILD HEART OF THE KIMBERLEY ONE LEGENDARY STOCK ROUTE HAS INSPIRED MANY EPIC JOURNEYS. A magnet for adventure seekers the world over this 660km road is the artery that runs deep into the spectacular Kimberley wilderness. Gibb River Road The Kimberley WelCOMe tO the KiMBerley The Kimberley region is regarded as one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. Home to some truly extraordinary natural attractions the Kimberley provides the visitor with the consummate Australian outback experience amidst a spectacular landscape. It is no wonder that the Kimberley has recently been included as one of Tourism Australia s National Landscapes a program recognising the best of Australia s natural attractions. The warm and dry winter months of the Kimberley provide a perfect environment for those seeking a holiday adventure in the Australian outdoors. Wild pristine rivers crisscross the landscape - a magnet for fishermen chasing the legendary barramundi or for wildlife enthusiasts looking to see the stunning array of flora and fauna which proliferate in the region. Spectacular gorges lush green oases Aboriginal rock art sites vast working cattle stations and thundering waterfalls are just some of the attractions that lure visitors to the Kimberley from around the world. The Gibb River Road is the artery that travels through the heart of the Kimberley and provides an ideal opportunity for the traveller to witness many of the natural attractions which are synonymous with the Kimberley landscape. The Kimberley is also home to a pioneering spirit that is evident in its diverse and multicultural population. The ancient history of the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley the pearling history of the town of Broome and the epic feats of the pioneering pastoralists of the region are all on display and proudly honoured by the current residents. Whatever style of holiday you seek be it a relaxing beachside break an intrepid 4WD adventure a cultural experience a luxury cruise or a romantic getaway the Kimberley promises to deliver on a grand scale. PAGE 44 www.australiasnorthwest.com Purnululu National Park King George Falls Kimberley Coast Echidna Chasm Cathedral Gorge KiMBerley nAtiOnAl PArKS The Kimberley is home to many vast remote and truly spectacular national parks. Limestone caves plunging gorges one of the world s largest meteorite craters and dazzling world heritage listed geological landmarks are just some of the attractions waiting to be experienced. Access Park Fees & Passes Visitor fees apply to some national parks. If you intend visiting a number of parks you may consider purchasing a Holiday Park Pass available from www.dec.wa.gov.au. Some national parks in the Kimberley have limited or no access during summer months check with local visitor centres. Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) Broome office (08) 9195 5500 Kununurra office (08) 9168 4200 Camping is permitted at designated camp grounds offering toilet shower and fresh water facilities. Fees apply. A wide range of tour operators run day and extended tours from Derby and Broome. tunnel Creek national Park Tunnel Creek National Park is Western Australia s oldest cave system. The creek flows through a huge water-worn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range. Walk 750 metres through the tunnel wading knee deep through several permanent pools to see ancient stalactites and stalagmites and beautiful curtains of glimmering flowstones. The cave is home to a variety of bats Olive Pythons and the occasional freshwater crocodile make sure you take a reliable torch wear old sneakers and be prepared to get a little wet as you explore this ancient wonderland. Access to Tunnel Creek is via the unsealed road approximately 35 kilometres from Windjana Gorge National Park. Four-wheel drive is recommended for this route. Alternatively drive the 90 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing via the Great Northern Highway. Roads can be closed from December to March. Tunnel Creek is a day use area only - no camping is allowed. Windjana Gorge national Park The picturesque Windjana Gorge is part of an ancient 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system. Spanning three kilometres the gorge walls are over 100 metres high carved by the flowing of the Lennard River over millions of years. With deep pools of fresh water it is rich in flora and fauna including great flocks of noisy corellas fruit bats and freshwater crocodiles. The area has deep cultural significance for the local Bunuba people who have lived there since their earliest memory. The park is approximately 150 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing or Derby accessible only by sealed then unsealed roads four-wheel drive is recommended. The road can be closed from December to March. Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 45 Wolfe Creek Crater National Park Geikie Gorge Windjana Gorge National Park Wolfe Creek Crater national Park The Wolfe Creek Meteorite Cater is the second largest crater in the world over 880 metres wide and is believed to be over 300 thousand years old. This extraordinary crater is 145 kilometres from Halls Creek via the rugged unsealed Tanami Road. Four-wheel drive is recommended and the road is only accessible from April to November. Known as Kandimalal to the local Indigenous people you can get a bird s eye view of the crater on a scenic flight departing from Halls Creek. Camping is permitted however there are very limited facilities and no fresh water is available. Mitchell river national Park Covering 115 000 hectares of rugged wilderness area the Mitchell River National Park boasts the spectacular Mitchell Plateau Mitchell and Merten Falls along with Surveyors Pool and the Mitchell River. The area has significant Aboriginal heritage and cultural values and is of extreme biological importance with a high degree of endimisim in the flora and fauna of the area. It is also home to the striking Livistonia palm believed to predate dinosaurs. Access is via a rugged four-wheel drive track so a high clearance four-wheel drive is essential. Camping and toilet facilities are provided at Mitchell River National Park. There are very limited facilities available in this remote area. Please ensure you have sufficient fuel water food mechanical and medical supplies. The park s main feature the Bungle Bungle Range stands 300 metres above the spinifex-covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped domes. You can explore hidden gorges large enough to hold a full scale concert and narrow chasms that run for kilometres or spot some of the 130 bird species and various fauna. The area has a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage. The park has a visitor centre two general camping areas with toilets and limited water. Camping fees apply. Be aware that fuel and food replenishments are only available out of the park and water in the park is limited and should be boiled. Alternatively several tour operators offer bush-camp experiences with safari cabin accommodation and guided tours. Purnululu National Park is open from April until December (weather permitting). It s accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles only via 250 kilometres of sealed then 53 kilometres of unsealed road from Kununurra or 109 kilometres of sealed then 53 kilometres of unsealed road from Halls Creek. Alternatively daily scenic flights depart from Kununurra and Halls Creek. Geikie Gorge national Park Created by the raging floodwaters of the Fitzroy River through the ancient Devonian reef system Geikie Gorge is a truly spectacular waterway at the junction of the Oscar and the Geikie Ranges. Known as Darngku to the traditional owners this amazing gorge is characterised by soaring weathered multicoloured cliffs and abundant wildlife. There are several walk trails and guided boat cruises offer a unique insight into the natural and cultural attributes of the area. Geikie Gorge is a day use area only. Camping is not allowed but there are picnic shelters and barbecue facilities water and toilets. Access is restricted during summer months when the Fitzroy River is in flood. Purnululu national Park Bung le Bung le range The World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park Bungle Bungle Range is one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in the world. Purnululu has long been inhabited by Aboriginal people however few Europeans knew of its existence until the mid 1980s. PAGE 46 www.australiasnorthwest.com INDIAN OCEAN Mitchell Falls Kalumburu Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road West Kimberley Route Scenic Flight East Kimberley Route 0 20 40 60 80 N Drysdale River National Park 100 Regent Nature Reserve Drysdale River RIV GIBB Wyndham Home Valley ER Scale in Kilometres Kununurra V IC Keep River National Park HWY Timber Creek Katherine R TO IA El Questro RD Lake Argyle Village Lake Argyle RD Kooljaman Resort Lombadina One Arm Point Horizontal Falls Mount Hart Beagle Bay RIV ER Warmun NO RT HE RN Roebuck Roadhouse GR EAT GREAT GIBB Tunnel Creek Willare Bridge Roadhouse Broome HWY NORTHERN BUN TIN E HWY Fitzroy Crossing t ris Ch m Geikie Gorge National Park Halls Creek DUNCAN ee k RD RT H NO HWY Cr ee Cr GR To Pilbara C Copyright Australia s North West Wolf Creek Crater Nat. Park EAT Stu rt KiMBerley itinerAry ideAS 7 dAyS in the WeSt KiMBerley Day One Arrive into Broome the southern gateway to the Kimberley set between a vast red desert and an azure blue sea. Why not time your visit with a special event Check dates for Opera Under the Stars Shinju Matsuri Festival horse racing or the breathtaking natural phenomenon known as Staircase to the Moon. Spend the day visiting places of interest - stroll on the world famous 22 kilometre white sand of Cable Beach or relax on Town Beach on the Roebuck Bay side of the Broome Peninsula. While there visit one of the best regional museums in Australia the Broome Historical Society Museum. For bird lovers venture out to the Broome Bird Observatory on the shores of Roebuck Bay. This area is regarded as one of the best locations in Australia to view some of the 310 species of migratory wader birds. Tonight enjoy the atmosphere of Broome at one of the many alfresco restaurants. Day Two This morning join a kayak adventure along Cable Beach or simply laze by the pool and soak up some sunshine. Early afternoon hop onboard a restored pearl lugger and relax on deck with a cocktail as the sun sets in to the Indian Ocean. Tonight watch the stars under the stars at the world s oldest operating outdoor picture garden. As an alternative take a drive to Derby the oldest settled town in the Kimberley and home to the highest tidal variations in Australia. While there visit the Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre and the Boab Prison Tree. Day Three Take a scenic flight over the pristine coastline and see the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago home to the world famous Horizontal Waterfalls. Alternatively spend a day out on the water on one of the many fishing charters. Tonight join a stargazing tour under a blanket of a million stars. Day Four Choose from one of the many full day tours on offer. Take a four wheel drive tour to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Experience a unique Indigenous cultural experience up the Dampier Peninsula to Cape Leveque or visit Mt Anderson and Jarlmadangah Aboriginal Community. Take a flight to a luxurious coastal eco retreat south of Broome. You can swim whale watch go snorkelling fish or simply relax and enjoy the wide open stretches of white sandy beaches. Day Five Discover the real Broome join a tour visiting the town s most interesting and beautiful icons. Learn about the hard-hat divers and their wooden pearling luggers taste the exclusive pearl meat from the Pinctada Maxima Oyster. Head out to the Broome Golf Course for 18 holes and the finest view in Broome or spoil yourself shopping in Broome s historic Chinatown the home of South Sea Pearl showrooms. Get pampered at one of Broome s luxurious day spas. If you re here on a weekend visit the famous Courthouse Markets. Day Six Visit an operating pearl farm north of Broome either by self drive helicopter or coach. You may like to stay put and explore Broome s many art and photographic galleries the Japanese Cemetery or enjoy a nice cold beer at a unique micro brewery. Join a camel train for a trek along Cable Beach at sunset. Day Seven Head out to the wilderness park to check out the massive rogue crocodiles or board a hovercraft flight to discover the many wonders of Roebuck Bay - see spectacular wildlife discover ancient dinosaur footprints and view the wrecks of WWII Flying Boats on a very low tide. NORTHERN ER N Wave Hill Katherine Derby Imintji Store Mornington Wilderness Camp Bungle Bungles TERRITORY W.A. - N.T. BORDER W.A. - N.T. BORDER DUNCAN Charnley Roadhouse Four Wheel Drive (high clearance) vehicles are recommended for the River GIBB RIVER and KALUMBURU ROADS. Mt. Barnett RD HWY k Mt. Elizabeth Gibb River Doon Doon Roadhouse Argyle Diamond Mine as Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 47 7 dAyS in the eASt KiMBerley Day One Arrive into Kununurra the eastern gateway to the Kimberley. Familiarise yourself with the town by visiting places of interest such as Celebrity Tree Park Mirima National Park (also known as Hidden Valley) and the Historical Society Museum. Visit Lily Creek Lagoon Diversion Dam Ivanhoe Crossing Kelly s Knob at sunset to take in the excellent view of the Ord Valley and Lake Kununurra. Why not take in a movie at the outdoor Picture Gardens Day Two Take a thrilling day cruise on the Ord River between the Ord River Dam and Lake Argyle. See a plethora of native flora and fauna have a swim in the clear fresh water and enjoy a gourmet luncheon. In the afternoon view the massive inland sea of Lake Argyle from a scenic lookout. Visit the Durack Homestead before cruising Lake Argyle - Australia s largest fresh water lake. The lake is a unique ecosystem home to an amazing array of wildlife - 25 000 freshwater crocodiles 26 species of native fish and approximately one third of Australia s bird species which at times can number in the tens of thousands. Day Three Take to the air today on a scenic flight to the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park - Bungle Bungle Range. This national park is 45 000 hectares in area and is located east of Highway 1 between Kununurra in the north and Halls Creek in the south. National park status was granted in 1987. In 2003 Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle Range were declared a World Heritage site. Spend the day exploring this amazing park with a local guide. The return scenic flight takes you over the largest operating diamond mine in the world the Argyle Diamond Mine. Alternatively stay overnight at one of the accommodated safari camps. Day Four Join a four wheel drive transfer to one of the nearby vast outback properties. Hike through spectacular gorge country and swim in waterholes join a boat cruise or just take in the grand landscape. Or join a scenic flight over the Mitchell Plateau to a remote coastal bush camp where you can fish explore Indigenous rock art galleries or just relax by the pool and take in the spectacular view. Accommodation is available in some truly unique settings. Day Five Take a fishing charter on the Lower Ord the section of the Ord River below the Kununurra Diversion Dam flowing out to the Cambridge Gulf. The area has an abundance of native wildlife that can be easily spotted including saltwater crocodiles and a huge variety of birdlife. It is the perfect location to fish for the elusive barramundi. Day Six Take a day trip to Wyndham a one hour drive from Kununurra. The town of Wyndham is recognised geographically as the Top Town of the West. Wyndham has a diverse history - a small frontier town that typifies the true character of the Kimberley region. Visit places of interest - Five Rivers Lookout Bastion Ranges Three Mile Valley Walking Trail Wyndham Port Wyndham Crocodile Farm and the Aboriginal Dreamtime Statues. Day Seven Spend the morning exploring Kununurra s many contemporary and Indigenous art and craft galleries. Find out about the unique Zebra Rock as well as the local Argyle diamonds and Sandalwood products and take home your own piece of Kununurra. Tour around the Ord Irrigation Area and discover the range of produce grown in this fertile land that even produces it s own rum. PAGE 48 www.australiasnorthwest.com BrOOMe Affectionately known as the pearl of the north this charming seaside resort town began life as a pearling port in the late 1880s. Luring people from far and wide with the promise of great fortune a melting pot of Koepanger Malay Chinese Japanese European and Aboriginal cultures has given the town a captivatingly friendly and flamboyant character. Still proudly producing the world s finest pearls you can wander through Chinatown s dazzling pearl showrooms retail outlets and sidewalk cafes once home to pearl sheds billiard saloons entertainment houses opium dens and brothels. Today 22 kilometres of pristine sand brings the world to Broome s Cable Beach. Lapped by the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean it s renowned as one of the world s most beautiful beaches with one of the best ocean sunset views on the planet. Take it all in astride a camel train on the deck of a pearl lugger or just swim fish and relax in the sun. The town of Broome sits on the edge of Roebuck Bay one of a handful of locations along the Kimberley and Pilbara coastline where you can witness the magical illusion of the Staircase to the Moon. Nowhere else on earth does Mother Nature perform such an astonishing trick of the light. The bay is also incredibly bio-diverse a haven for thousands of migratory birds that flock here to feast on the food-rich tidal flats and one of the richest areas of verified dinosaur footprints on the planet. Little wonder Broome is such a popular holiday destination with a bounty of experiences to enjoy relaxing beachside breaks enlightening cultural and historical encounters family getaways outback adventures and more. exPerienCeS Stroll along the pristine white sand and swim in the clear water of Cable Beach Visit picturesque Gantheaume Point - home of the 130 million year old dinosaur footprints and Anastasia s Pool Wander through Chinatown - home to fine pearl showrooms retail outlets and sidewalk cafes Take a sunset cruise along Cable Beach on a restored pearl lugger Enjoy a leisurely camel ride along Cable Beach Sit back in a deck chair at the oldest operating outdoor picture gardens in the world At very low tide see the remains of the Catalinas - Dutch Flying Boats bombed during World War II See the breathtaking Staircase to the Moon Meander through the famous Courthouse Markets on a Saturday morning. The markets also operate Sundays during peak season Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 49 Broome Jetty Reflect on the dangers of the early days of hard-hat diving at the Japanese Cemetery Venture out to the Broome Bird Observatory to view some of the 310 species of migratory wader birds Jump on board a fishing charter or go whale watching Play a round of golf at the fully grassed 18-hole course. Browse through the many contemporary & Indigenous art galleries View some of the largest crocodiles in captivity and other native Australian animals Broome Visitor Centre 1 Hamersley Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 2200 Email enquiries broomevisitorcentre.com.au Website www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au http www.reddirtphoto.com.au Willie Creek Pearl Farm The multi-award winning See pearls in the making...take home a piece of Broome. BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS Receive 10% Discount Save 15.00 Willie Creek Pearl Farm BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS Save 25.50 Willie Creek Pearl Farm Receive 15% Discount Save 11.50 Willie Creek Pearl Farm BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS TOURS TOURS TOURS http www.williecreekpearls.com.au PAGE 52 www.australiasnorthwest.com www.broomebus.com.au 9193 6585 Servicing all major accommodation scooters town cars 4WDs beach jeeps Broome Broome Car Rentals has been serving Broome & the Kimberley visitors for more than 16 years. We have a new fleet of varied vehicles plus camper trailers and lots of extras. Phone us or visit our website for full rates with comprehensive insurance. Free airport & hotel pick-up and drop-off. Phone (08) 9192 2210 or book online www.broomebroome.com.au Enrich your Aboriginal cultural experience Visit our unique Bookshop in Australia s oldest Indigenous publishing house 08 9192 1991 www.magabala.com MAGABALA BOOKS 1 Bagot Street Broome WA http www.shinjumatsuri.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 53 http www.pearlautore.com Visit one of our showrooms to view our beautiful collection of pearl and diamond jewellery or phone ( 61 8) 9192 2430 to receive your complimentary catalogue. 25 Dampier Tce Chinatown Broome T ( 61 8) 9192 2430 Lobby - Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa T ( 61 8) 9192 6035 w w w.linneys.com or join us at w w w.facebook.com linneys broome perth sydney subiaco burswood Matso s Broome Brewery Craft Beer - Great Food - Fine Wine Matso s Broome Brewery combines the finest natural ingredients traditional time honoured brewing techniques and modern technology to produce a range of beer styles that above all else aim to deliver flavour. Broome s Asian cultural influence allows our chefs to be adventurous and creative in blending our menu to the beer we produce. You can relax sit back on the verandah and enjoy our famous breakfast scrumptious lunch or mouthwatering dinner. Or sip a beer and nibble a bar snack while enjoying the view over Roebuck Bay. You must visit the North West s award winning brewery restaurant. OPEN 7 DAYS 7AM - LATE. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 60 Hamersley St Broome WA Ph (08) 9193 5811 Fax (08) 9192 1995 Email eat matsosbroomebrewery.com.au https www.facebook.com Matsosbeer www.matsos.com.au facebook.com Matsosbeer Need a getaway from your getaway Take a break at the Sandalwood Gallery try our unique beauty & lifestyle products and discover the kimberley sandalwood industry - from soil to oil. Visit us today. relax experience in dul g e shop TA15 Paspaley Plaza 15-17 Carnarvon St Broome WA T 9192 7014 www.mtromance.com.au PAGE 54 www.australiasnorthwest.com Astro Tours Broome s Astronomy Experience is a 2-hour educational and entertaining mind bender using big telescopes lasers and fun under some of the best stargazing skies on the planet. Hotel transfers and self drive. 6pm Friday and Saturday and 8pm Monday and Wednesday. Bookings on 0417 949 958 Email greg astrotours.net www.astrotours.net Find Greg Quicke s Astro Tours on Facebook. Broome Helicopter Services Everything from 10 minute joy flights to 5 star Safaris. Scenic Flights including sunset sunrise and whale watching. Also Adventure tours to get you to spots off the beaten track fast. Unique Romantic flight options that can include 5 star meals on the beach. Flights depart from Broome Airport. Full details online. www.broomehelicopters.com Ph (08) 9192 7488 Email admin broomehelicopters.com Broome Camel Safaris Broome s most popular Camel Ride. Give your camel a carrot after enjoying our fabulous Sunset ride. Meet Alison Bird Broome s most respected camel operator with over 28 years experience working and trekking in the Australian Outback with these amazing animals. Alison s camels are very much loved and are handled with care and respect. Her friendly and professional team will take many photos with your camera for your lasting memories. Ph 0419 916 101 www.broomecamelsafaris.com.au Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises The Kimberley Quest II is an award winning luxury cruise vessel which operates extended wilderness cruises through the unforgettable Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham. The purpose built 25m expedition vessel accommodates just 18 passengers which allows you to enjoy the surrounds comfortably. Shop 5 Woody s Arcade 15 Dampier Tce Broome W.A 6725 Ph (08) 9193 6131 Free call 1300 156 035 www.kimberleyquest.com.au Diversity Charter Company Your Kimberley Cruising Professionals Experience the unparalleled natural beauty of the Kimberley coast aboard Diversity II. With just 12 guests cruise in style and comfort while your days are filled with swimming walking sightseeing fishing or chilling out on one of the decks aboard Diversity II it s your choice Let your senses be mesmerized by the spectacular beauty of this remote and isolated Kimberley coastline. Choose from one of our packages or let us design a tailor made exclusive cruise specifically for your group. We invite you to cruise our website for a tantalising taste of what s on offer or contact our Broome office for more information and bookings. PO Box 8464 Broome Western Australia Ph (08) 9192 6407 Mobile 0429 92 6407 Email info diversitycharters.com.au www.diversitycharters.com.au Purely Unreal KDAT Kimberley Dreamtime Adventure Tours Come with us on a one or two day adventure tour to Jarlmadangah community. Interact with our Indigenous guides who will teach you about bush tucker bush medicines and culture. Enjoy a camel safari through spectacular Kimberley country. See exclusive rock art whilst hearing dreamtime stories and enjoying billy tea and damper. Ph 0447 214 681 KDAT Email info kdat.com.au www.kimberleydreamtimeadventures.com.au 2012 KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS ADVENTURES OUR MOST POPULAR TOUR COMBINE THE KIMBERLEY & KAKADU KIMBERLEY COMPLETE 13 DAYS PRICE FROM 7 145 per person twin share. Discover all the wonders and beauty of the remote Kimberley region Stay 6 nights at APT s exclusive Lodges. The award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge and Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge Stay at El Questro s Emma Gorge Resort Enjoy walks to see Bell Galvans Barnett River Windjana Gorges and swim in the clear waterholes Plus take a helicopter flight (included) over Mitchell Falls Join a guided walk to view rare Bradshaw (Gwion) Aboriginal art sites and cruise Geikie Gorge and the Ord River. KIMBERLEY KAKADU & ARNHEM LAND EXPLORER 15 DAYS PRICE FROM 8 045 per person twin share. Combine the beautiful Gorges of the Kimberley with the amazing natural wonders famous rock art and wildlife of Kakadu Stay 2 nights at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge close to Mitchell Falls El Questro Station and Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge In the Northern Territory stay 2 nights in Kakadu National Park at APT s exclusive Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge including cruises on Yellow Water Billabong the East Alligator River and Katherine Gorge. Over 89 departures Apr. Oct. 2012 Tour Code GKC13 34 departures May Sept. 2012 Tour Code GKB15 EXCLUSIVE STAY 2 NIGHTS BUNGLE BUNGLE WILDERNESS LODGE INDEPENDENT AIR SAFARIS per person twin share. EL QUESTRO GORGES & PURNULULU 8 DAYS FROM 4 045 BUNGLE BUNGLE COMPLETE 2 DAYS FROM 1 450 per person twin share. Discover World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park on this air safari from Kununurra Includes return scenic flights from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungle 2 days 4WD touring within the park Overnight accommodation at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. 20 departures May Sept. 2012 Tour Code GBR8 This 8 day 4WD adventure includes the popular icons of the Kimberley El Questro and Purnululu National Park Explore Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek and cruise Geikie Gorge Exclusive stay 2 nights at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Departs daily Apr. Oct. 2012 Tour Code GBUP2 THE KIMBERLEY SPECIALIST Number one in the Kimberley Over 40 years experience touring in the Kimberley Local Kimberley based operations Exclusive Wilderness Lodges upgraded for 2012 All featuring luxury tented cabins with a spacious ensuite and front deck All lodges are fully licensed Helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls Exclusive to APT Our partnership with local indigenous groups allows exclusive access to Aboriginal land Small Group Max. 20 passengers Custom designed 4WD vehicles Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Hearty hot breakfasts healthy lunches and freshly prepared dinners with a complimentary glass of wine Derby Broome Mitchell Falls Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge Drysdale River Station Kalumburu Emma Gorge Resort El Questro Kununurra to Darwin Road Barnett River Gorge er Riv Galvans Gorge ibb G Purnululu Bell Gorge National Park Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge Windjana Bungle Bungle Gorge Tunnel Creek Geikie Gorge Wilderness Lodge Fitzroy Crossing rn Halls Creek rthe Great No Hig hwa y CALL 1300 889 389 for a brochure www.KimberleyWilderness.com.au or see your travel agent T ED TO U R I SM B ACCREDI US INESS A US TRAL IA Choose your future Conditions apply. Prices shown apply to brochure dates and are land only add airfare. See our website or APT s Kimberley Wilderness Adventures 2012 brochure for full itineraries. Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT9862 PAGE 56 www.australiasnorthwest.com Situated on the magical Kimberley coast with its ancient rock headlands ferocious tides and whirlpools Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is the ideal base for your Dampier Peninsula experience. See Australia s oldest pearl farm in action and explore the thousand islands on our high-speed pearling vessel. Take a sunset cruise around the pristine waters of the bay or sail to the Horizontal Waterfalls on our catamaran Escapade . Prices start from 25pp for land tours & 90pp for marine tours (08) 9192 4283 tours cygnetbaypearls.com.au www.cygnetbaypearls.com.au www.fishbroome.com.au Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to have the best fishing adventure in Broome. Whether its a feed of reef fish or chasing Sports and Game Species we have a boat in the stable that will meet your needs. FishBroome is your portal to fi shing in Broome. Phone 0400 089 860 or email fishbroome iinet.net.au to book your trip Intombi 1903 Broome s Oldest Lugger Experience Broome s oldest pearling lugger INTOMBI. Sail Broome s pristine waters whilst you capture the romance and adventure of bygone pearling days. Savour the freshly prepared delights on offer lounge in our boom net spot marine life and relax. Sunset Sail. Courtesy airconditioned transfers. Private charters available. PO Box 5780 Cable Beach 6726 Ph (08) 9192 7321 www.broomelugger.com Kimberley Wild Day Tours Short Breaks & Overnight Adventures. Experience the Kimberley including Cape Leveque with WA s award-winning Best Tour Operator 2008 2009 & 2010 . Kimberley Wild travellers join small diverse groups in comfortable custom-built 4WD vehicles to explore the region s well-known highlights discover some of its many secrets and enjoy a taste of local indigenous culture. Ph 1300 73 88 70 Email sales kimberleywild.com.au www.kimberleywild.com.au Red Sun Camels Join the icon of Broome Red Sun Camels for a magical morning popular pre-sunset or the sensational sunset camel ride. Learn about each camels unique story and personality traits of these gentle giants. Our professional photo options and exclusive range of camel merchandise will keep your memories alive. The team in red with over 35 years experience delighting passengers everyday will ensure your camel experience is safe informative and above all fun Ph (08) 9193 7423 Free Call 1800 184 488 Email bookings redsuncamels.com.au www.redsuncamels.com.au King Leopold Air Kimberley Scenic Tours & Charters See the wild and remote attractions of the Kimberley. Enjoy a bird s eye view of deserted islands beautiful beaches and the Horizontal Waterfalls. Buccaneer Explorer Tours from 480 pp. Daily tours from Broome. 9 Gus Winckel Rd Broome Inernational Airport WA 6725 Ph (08) 9193 7155 Email info kingleopoldair.com.au www.kingleopoldair.com.au That s the Best Holiday I have Ever Had Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 57 Twenty Five Years of Adventure North Star Cruises conducts adventure-cruises around the Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of the South Pacific. Extended periods at sea are specifically excluded and daily activities can include scenic walks fishing snorkelling diving and cultural events. The TRUE NORTH is purpose built - bigger ships cannot go where we go Multiple expedition boats explore further and most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter. An Australian crew of 20 uniquely chaperones just 36 guests. Coral Atoll Cruise (5 nights) No dive qualifications required - a Rowley Shoals cruise focused on snorkelling whale watching fishing and simply relaxing amidst a breathtaking coral habitat West Papua Discoverer (12 nights) Southern Safari (8 nights) A safari at sea - across the Great Australian Bight from Adelaide to Ceduna with your favourite crew. Includes flight from Ceduna to Adelaide. Kimberley Ultimate (13 nights) The Kimberley ultimate is North Star Cruises flagship adventure. A two-week soir e along the magnificent Kimberley coast featuring a wild and beautiful panorama of rugged mountains spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls. unexplained rock-art extraordinary wildlife and monster barramundi The land of un-contacted peoples and undiscovered species. The land beyond sunrise. An expedition for the true adventurer Includes return flights ex Darwin. Adventures in Paradise (7 nights) untamed Papua New Guinea in ultimate luxury Mighty rivers impenetrable jungle unique culture smouldering volcanoes and classic South Pacific vista. This is one of the world s great adventure-cruises Includes return flights ex Cairns. Batavia Bound (5 nights) Sail into a glorious West Coast sunset and wake in a stunning aquatic playground Dive on the Batavia see the ruins of Webbie Hayes fort and immerse yourself in a shipwreck story steeped in murderous tragedy and revenge. Catch monster jewfish swim ashore at sparkling Turtle Bay and see tamars and other unique wildlife up close Includes flight Geraldton to Perth. Kimberley Gorges (7 nights) The Kimberley Gorges itinerary features the northern half of the Kimberley ultimate cruise. Here the landscape is dominated by the Kimberley s stunning gorge country including the Berkeley River the King George Falls and the Mitchell River. Includes helicopter aircraft transfer to Broome. Discovery Cruises Discover the remote Admiralty Islands and the mysterious Sepik River or explore the north coast of New Britain and land a defiant black bass West Coast Explorer (10 nights) A voyage of discovery from Geraldton to Ningaloo - encounter a vast & remarkable coastline featuring sociable marine mammals and island paradise Visit the Abrolhos Islands Ningaloo Reef and the Monte Bello Islands. Includes joining flight Perth to Geraldton. Kimberley Islands (6 nights) The Kimberley Islands itinerary features the southern half of the Kimberley ultimate cruise. A totally different Kimberley experience featuring the exhilarating Horizontal Waterfalls intriguing Montgomery Reef and the mighty Prince Regent River. Includes helicopter aircraft transfer from Broome. Adventures in Paradise Extended (9 nights) All the Adventure in Paradise you can handle plus a chance to discover the rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago extend your PNG adventure with a completely different experience - balance culture and village life with the Archipelago s untouched remoteness. Includes return flights ex Cairns. Montes Extravaganza (4 nights) Wash away the dust with some hot fishing diving and snorkelling Don t race-off home just yet here s a unique opportunity for the local mining community to sample one of Australia s most renowned tourism experiences. Spoil yourself with four nights of stylish adventure onboard the magnificent TRue NoRTH. Action-packed days laced with the finest in fine dining and the revered comforts of the TRue NoRTH. Kimberley Snapshot (7 nights) The best of the best For those pressed for time or perhaps considering the budget here is the flagship Kimberley ultimate itinerary condensed into a single week voyage Features several Kimberley icons including the King George Falls the Hunter River the Prince Regent River Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Waterfalls. Sydney Rocks (4 nights) Discover wilderness on the doorstep of Australia s largest city and encounter the fascinating river communities of the Hawkesbury River. Telephone ( 61 8) 9192 1829 Email cruise northstarcruises.com.au www.northstarcruises.com.au North Star Cruises Australia PAGE 58 www.australiasnorthwest.com The Great Experience. The Great Adventure. The Great Escape. The Great Escape Charter Company is one of the original luxury cruise operators exploring two of the most remote pristine and truly awesome destinations in Australia s far North West the Kimberley Coast and the Rowley Shoals. Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventures visiting spectacular waterfalls towering gorges breathtaking rivers and white sandy beaches. Meet whales dolphins turtles and crocodiles and choose from an endless possibility of daily activities. For an inspiring preview visit www.greatescape.net.au or call 08 9193 5983. Absolute Ocean Charters The Ocean is yours aboard AOC Absolute Ocean Charters offer full & half day fishing trips with a maximum of 10 lines fished at a time. AOC also offer Whale Watching tours where you can view the majestic Humpback whales from the comfort of the open upper deck or fully shaded lower deck. Private Charters are available to suit your needs so why not customise a day of sightseeing swimming fishing or a mix of all three. Our fully trained helpful staff are always on hand to provide first class service. Treat yourself to a great day out with the company that has a growing reputation as the best in Broome Air conditioned courtesy transfers are supplied from all Broome accommodation. Ph 0427 798 155 Email info absoluteocean.com.au www.absoluteoceancharters.com.au Absolute Ocean Charters fishing whalewatching diving private charters AOC Mercure Broome Close to the town centre & just a short drive to Cable Beach. The perfect location for relaxation or adventure. Surrounded by tropical gardens with views of Bedford Park and Roebuck Bay new poolside rooms include a private balcony daybed double shower LCD flat screen TV and free in house movies. Exclusive spa suites and family rooms are also available. Unwind by one of the outdoor pools dine alfresco at Conti Restaurant enjoy a Broome style BBQ or head to Capt n Murphy s Irish Pub for an ice cold drink. Palm Grove Holiday Resort Just a sand dune away from Cable Beach the resort offers both caravan and tent sites as well as onsite cabins set amongst landscaped gardens. Our facilities include swimming pool free gas BBQs undercover campers kitchen internet and tour desk shop on site gas bottle refills and fish cleaning area. Ph (08) 9192 3336 Fax (08) 9192 3306 Toll Free 1800 803 336 Email reservations palmgrove.com.au www.palmgrove.com.au Weld Street Broome Ph (08) 9195 5900 Email H1817-re accor.com www.mercure.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 59 Experience Broome s Newest & Most Exceptional Boutique Villa Resort... Set amongst a canopy of trees in the tourist precinct of Cable Beach The Billi offers an intimate selection of superbly finished self-contained villas and a number of luxury eco-tents in a beautiful private and peaceful setting all adjoined by raised timber walkways a stunning pool and with everything you could need to create the perfect home away from home or tropical escape. Come and experience The Billi and you will also be entitled to 20% DISCOUNT on your CAR HIRE with Broome Broome Car Rentals. The Billi is affordable unique and awaiting your arrival. Phone 08 9192 1711 E stay thebilli.com.au or visit us for more information www.thebilli.com.au http www.balihairesort.com Discover the best way to stay in Broome in affordable comfort. If you d welcome all the luxurious comfort of hotel accommodation. All the privacy and space of a superbly furnished and fully equipped apartment. And all the convenience of being in Chinatown. Then you ll love our two-bedroom Shiba Lane apartments and our very attractive rates from three days to three months. For details or bookings call 08 9193 7200 email info broomestay.com or visit www.broomestay.com Shiba Lane two-bedroom apartment Get stranded in style with the pearling pioneers at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. The perfect place to explore the beautiful Dampier Peninsula and the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago stay in one of our historic Pearler s cottages escape to our stylish eco tents or stay aboard your own private yacht Escapade . Our talented chefs are waiting to cater for you at the Mantle Caf or you can self-cater. Safari Style tentS from 150 & Self-contained cottageS from 220 (twin Share) (08) 9192 4283 accommodation cygnetbaypearls.com.au www.cygnetbaypearls.com.au PAGE 60 www.australiasnorthwest.com Seashells Broome Only 300 metres from Cable Beach Seashells Broome offers fully self contained apartments nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Relax on your private verandah and enjoy the surrounds including our heated chilled lagoon swimming pool with spa children s paddling pool play area outdoor BBQ s and entertainment area. Inside you will find the spacious rooms fully air conditioned with complete kitchen and laundry facilities wireless broadband internet free in-house movies and Foxtel. Apartment Type High 1 4 12 31 10 12 Low 1 11 12 31 3 13 1 Bed (2 pax) 295 220 2 Bed (4 pax) 360 255 3 Bed (6 pax) 475 330 4 6 Challenor Drive Cable Beach Broome WA 6726 Central Reservations 1800 800 850 Ph (08) 9192 6111 Email broome seashells.com.au www.seashells.com.au The Mangrove Resort Hotel Accommodation Bars Restaurants Conferences Weddings Live Entertainment The Mangrove Hotel (known affectionately as Broome with a View ) overlooks Roebuck Bay and is only a few minutes stroll to Chinatown the heart of Broome. The Resorts remarkable location is complimented by its first class accommodation restaurant and bar facilities. The Hotel boasts two swimming pools and spas lush tropical gardens Charters Restaurant Palms Bar Tides luggage storage area tour desk wireless internet hot spots and much more. All rooms are air conditioned have TV s complimentary in house movies telephones hair dryers iron tea coffee making facilities laundry service. BONUS OFFER - Complimentary return airport transfers 3 nights package including continental breakfast daily available 1 11 12 to 31 3 13 & 1 11 13 to 31 3 14. 47 Carnarvon Street Broome Ph (08) 9192 1303 Free Call 1800 094 818 www.mangrovehotel.com.au Moonlight Bay Suites Broome s finest 4 star one and two bedroom suites. A huge swimming pool and spa surrounded by lush gardens and lawn with spectacular views over Roebuck Bay. Utilise the gym or visit Kiva Beauty & Relaxation Centre. Enjoy the delights of our inhouse restaurant Matso s Broome Brewery for craft beer great food and fine wine in the heart of Broome. Rates 1 Nov 11 to 31 Mar 12 1 Apr 12 to 31 Oct 12 1 Nov 12 to 31 Mar 13 1 Bedroom Suite 178 279 223 1 Bedroom Bayview Suite 203 310 251 2 Bedroom Suite 246 405 304 2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite 308 486 381 Carnarvon Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 5200 or Tollfree 1800 818 878 Fax (08) 9193 7999 www.kimberleyaccommodation.com.au Roebuck Bay Caravan Park Situated on Town Beach (the only Park actually on a beach). Close to bus hotels caf and within walking distance to shops etc. Shady grassed park with powered sites camping grounds and onsite vans. Onsite vans come with air conditioner TV cooking facilities and solid annex. Rates P Site from p day (1 or 2 persons) P site p week (1 or 2 persons) Camping p day (1 person) On Site p day (1 or 2 persons) On Site p week 01 Jan 12 31 Mar 12 01 Apr 12 30 Apr 12 01 May 12 31 May 12 01 Jun 12 31 Aug 12 01 Sep 12 16 Oct 12 17 Oct 12 31 Mar 13 30 33 36 39 36 33 196 206 228 265 228 206 14 14 14 14 14 14 75 81 83 90 83 75 395 435 455 540 495 395 91 Walcott St Broome WA 6725 Ph (08) 9192 1366 Fax (08) 9193 5854 Email roebuckbaycp broome.wn.com.au Web www.roebuckbaycp.com.au Facilities A B(C) BBQ C D F F(C) F(P) K L LN S C T C TV(P). LIVE IT UP AT BROOME S NEWEST APARTMENT HOTEL LIVE IT LOVE IT EAT IT ENJOY IT Set in picturesque Roebuck Bay Oaks Broome combines the best in apartment hotel and resort style accommodation. Contemporary hotel rooms and spacious apartments are set amongst tranquil gardens and swimming pools. The superb 1861 Restaurant Caf Bar with outdoor deck and pool views adds to the ambience of this tropical paradise. Close to the town centre along with many of Broome s most famous attractions Oaks Broome is the perfect base from which to explore all that this spectacular region has to offer. With all the ingredients of a perfect holiday you re invited to Live it Up at Oaks Broome. OAKS BROOME 99 Robinson Street Broome WA 6725 broome theoaksgroup.com.au 1 300 822 010 www.oakshotelsresorts.com OAK1135 09 PAGE 62 www.australiasnorthwest.com Just a short stroll from the world famous Cable Beach you will find The Pearle of Cable Beach Resort. Situated in one of the worlds most unique & ruggedly beautiful tourist destinations it offers the perfect blend of modern resort indulgence & Australian outback adventure. Set in an exclusive tropical setting the resort features the amazing Pearle Pavilions . These are 5 star equivalent architecturally designed pavilions each with their very own private swimming pool. One of WA s finest self contained accommodation options The Pearle of Cable Beach offers an unforgettable holiday experience for the discerning traveller. 14 Millington Road Cable Beach Broome WA 6725 Ph (08) 9194 0900 www.thepearle.com.au Bayside Holiday Apartments Broome s best value 1 and 2 bedroom holiday apartments. Enjoy tranquil garden surrounds and swimming pool across from glorious Roebuck Bay. Ideally located in the heart of Broome Bayside is only minutes away from hotels restaurants Chinatown and many of Broome s attractions. Our restaurant Matso s Broome Brewery is open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner. Charge back facilities are available. Ph (08) 9195 5200 Tollfree 1800 818 878 Fax (08) 9193 7999 www.kimberleyaccommodation.com.au Beaches of Broome Spend a few nights not a fortune.... that s our motto Located 250m from the famous Cable Beach Broome s newest Budget Resort is a stylish contemporary resort offering total luxury at an affordable price. Rooms range from Double Twin with Ensuite to Privates and Dorms with shared bathroom facilities. Swim in our sparkling pool book a tour through our tour desk or relax with a cold drink from our bar the choice is yours. 4 Sanctuary Road Cable Beach Ph (08) 9192 6665 Free Call 1300 881 031 www.beachesofbroome.com.au Broome - Time Lodge Centrally located self contained rooms suitable for couples families and corporate guests set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with a partly shaded pool and spacious garden BBQ dining area with a friendly experienced and helpful team to make your stay in Broome memorable. 1 Cable Beach Road East Broome Ph (08) 9194 1700 Email stay broometimelodge.com.au www.broometimelodge.com.au Cocos Beach Bungalows This private eight bungalow sanctuary is considered one of Broome s most beautifully appointed selfcontained retreats. Nearby to restaurants bars caf s and shops it offers a secluded intimate environment just a short walk from Cable Beach. Featuring fully self-contained air-conditioned Broome-style bungalows with spacious verandahs a temperature controlled pool with outdoor spa & BBQ facilities. Deluxe Bungalows from 190 for 2 bedroom 214 for 3 bedroom. 6 Sanctuary Rd Cable Beach Broome WA Ph (08) 9194 1000 www.cocosbeachbungalows.com Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 63 http www.pinctada.com.au Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa Broome The award winning Cable Beach Club is the only resort overlooking Broome s iconic Cable Beach. Like Broome itself the resort is a beautiful melting pot of cultural influences and architecture. Dotted throughout the magnificent gardens is a range of accommodation options from tranquil studio s or family friendly bungalows to private villa s and suites complete with butler service. The resort boasts two swimming pools one reserved solely for adults water playground tennis courts a gym and acres of enchanting gardens. To help you ease body and soul into Broome time make sure you visit the Chahoya Spa & Salon or enjoy some peace in the meditative Buddha Sanctuary. Depending on your mood you can choose to dine under an umbrella of stars or an original Sydney Nolan artwork. The resort has a choice of distinctively different restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes and occasions. Unwinding in Broome has never been more luxurious. Rates per night 1 04 12-30 06 12 Garden View Studio 349 Classic Bungalow 585 Villa 1 091 Min 4 night rates & bonus offers also available. Refer to website. 1 07 12-14 10 12 349 675 1 215 15 10 12-31 03 13 322 504 975 Cable Beach Rd Broome WA 6725 Ph (08) 9192 0400 Fax (08) 9192 2249 Reservations 1800 199 099 Email info cablebeachclub.com www.cablebeachclub.com ED 6300 125x190 NW holiday planner ad Layout 1 PAGE 64 7 12 11 11 26 AM Page 1 www.australiasnorthwest.com All villas e now hav s enette kitch k nd chec Come a r new out ou as. BBQ are one of t he worl d s m ost rem arkab l e d est i nat i ons A little over an hour south of Broome set in a pristine and untouched landscape lies Eco Beach a luxury eco retreat offering guests a perfect parallel of Kimberley beach and bush enjoy the comfort and class of a resort whilst absorbing yourself in the amazing natural surrounds. lateralaspect.ed6300 For more information or to book your stay - visit our website. www.ecobeach.com.au 08 9193 8015 broome wa http www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 65 GiBB riVer & KAluMBuru rOAdS Gibb river road A journey along the Gibb River Road is one of the last true Aussie outback adventures. It was originally created in the 1960s to transport cattle from outlying stations to the ports of Derby and Wyndham. Today it travels some 660kms through the central Kimberley Plateau from King Sound in Derby to the Cambridge Gulf at Wyndham. The journey spans over spectacular scenery with many gorges waterfalls and rivers along its length including Bell Gorge Windjana Gorge Tunnel Creek and the Pentecost River. Allow yourself time to explore at leisure and take the opportunity for hiking and swimming in pools beneath plunging waterfalls. If you plan to drive yourself the road conditions vary from bitumen to natural rocky earth suitable for high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles only and is not recommended for towing of caravans trailers or boats. Camping is available in designated camping areas only. Or you may choose to join an extended 4WD safari with one of many tour companies camping or relaxing at station stays and wilderness retreats along the way. Kalumburu road This unsealed road links the Kalumburu Aboriginal Community and Mission to the outside world spanning some 267 kilometres of rough unsealed road north from the Gibb River Road past Mitchell Plateau to the northern coast of Kalumburu. This is a spectacular but seriously remote part of the Kimberley so very limited fuel food water medical and camping facilities are available. If you intend visiting Kalumburu Mission you will need a permit which can be purchased from the Department of Indigenous Affairs or go to www.dia.wa.gov.au. Local tour activities can be arranged with the Kalumburu Community with prior notice. Please be aware facilities along the Gibb River and Kalumburu Roads are limited. Accommodation includes camping areas wilderness retreats and station stays all are extremely popular and prior booking is strongly recommended. These roads are closed during the summer months check with the local Visitor Centre. Purchase a copy of the Gibb River & Kalumburu Road Guide which details distances attractions fuel and accommodation. Available from www.derbytourism.com.au or one of the local visitor centres. exPerienCeS Enjoy a four-wheel drive adventure of a lifetime Hike through spectacular gorge country Spot unique flora and fauna of the Kimberley Swim in fresh water rock pools and gorges Fish for a magnificent barramundi Camp under the stars Stay at outback retreats and station stays View ancient rock art PAGE 66 www.australiasnorthwest.com Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Suggested Route N 0 20 40 60 80 100 Kalumburu Scale in Kilometres INDIAN OCEAN Mitchell Falls Drysdale River National Park Wyndham Drysdale River RIV GIBB Home Valley ER Kununurra Lake Argyle Village Lake Argyle VIC TO RIA El Questro RD HWY Timber Creek Katherine Kooljaman Resort Lombadina One Arm Point Horizontal Falls Mount Hart Beagle Bay Bell Gorge RIV ER Warmun NO RT H ER N Roebuck Roadhouse GR EAT GREAT GIBB Willare Bridge Roadhouse Broome HWY NORTHERN BUN TIN E HWY Fitzroy Crossing Halls Creek DUNCAN RD NO HWY GR EAT C To Pilbara Copyright Australia s North West GiBB riVer rOAd 15 dAy SelF driVe itinerAry Derby - Windjana National Park The Gibb River Road is one of Australia s classic outback drives a 660 kilometre track accessible between April to November weather dependant. After departing Derby the Kimberley s first town spend the night at the Windjana Gorge camp site within the stunning Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore the spectacular Tunnel Creek. Windjana Gorge National Park Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge Follow the road further into the Kimberley stopping at Lennard Gorge for a swim on your way to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge. Nestled within the King Leopold Conservation Park learn of the unique history of this property and enjoy accommodation at the homestead or in the campground on the river s edge. Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge Silent Grove Spend a night camping at Silent Grove campsite managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Enjoy a day swimming and exploring one of the most spectacular waterfalls along the length of the Gibb River Road. Silent Grove Mornington Wilderness Camp Spend some time exploring Dimond Gorge and Sir John Gorge on the upper reaches of the Fitzroy River at Mornington Wilderness Camp. Stay in ensuites tents or camp at the campground. Get up early for a walk with one of the staff from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and see if you can spot the rare Gouldian finch. Mornington Wilderness Camp Mount Elizabeth Station Stop for a dip at Galvan s Gorge Manning Gorge or one of the many other stopping points on the way to Mount Elizabeth Station. Enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property. Look out for Aboriginal artworks on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes. Mount Elizabeth Station - Drysdale River Station Head for Drysdale River Station - the gateway to the Mitchell River National Park Mitchell and Merton Falls Surveyors Pool Mitchell and King Edward rivers as well as many historical Indigenous sites. Stay for two nights in cabin-style accommodation or camping in the station grounds. Drysdale River Station Take a morning charter flight over the coastal canyons of the Prince Regent River circle the Mitchell Falls and fly along the dramatic Kimberley coastline. In the afternoon explore the rainforests and open woodlands surrounding Drysdale River Station. Drysdale River Station Home Valley Station Head towards Home Valley Station. An outback oasis nestled at the foot of the spectacular Cockburn Range the station offers a wide range of guided tours activities and accommodation options. Home Valley Station El Questro Wilderness Park The journey to El Questro Wilderness Park takes you past the Cockburn Ranges and across the stunning Pentecost River. Spend a few days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pools at Zebedee Springs or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. El Questro Wilderness Park Kununurra Arrive in Kununurra and enjoy the sites of this town built in the 1960s on the banks of the Ord River to service the needs of the growing agriculture industry and now the eastern gateway to the Kimberley region. Stay in one of the many caravan parks or fully appointed hotel and apartment accommodation. NORTHERN RT H ER N Wave Hill Derby Imintji Store Mornington Wilderness Camp 4WD Bungle Bungles TERRITORY W.A. - N.T. BORDER DUNCAN Charnley Roadhouse River Mt. Barnett RD Four Wheel Drive (high clearance) vehicles are recommended for the GIBB RIVER and KALUMBURU ROADS. HWY Mt. Elizabeth Argyle Diamond Mine RD Gibb River Doon Doon Roadhouse Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 67 explore the other 999 999 acres Katherine El Questro Wilderness Park is a million acres in size extending 80km into the heart of the Kimberley region. It truly is one of Australia s last frontiers. Choose from the luxury of the Homestead the relaxed Station Township bungalows or the Emma Gorge tented cabins. El Questro. The call of the wilderness. For more information call 1300 233 432 or visit www.elquestro.com.au http www.adventurewild.com.au info adventurewild.com.au The Ideal Accommodation for Self Drive Travellers APT s private wilderness lodges are designed for you to enjoy an exclusive experience in the Kimberley without compromising your comfort. Comfortable Tented Cabins with Private Ensuites WILD All lodges are exclusive to APT and feature twin beds fresh linen snug doonas spacious ensuites with hot showers and flushing toilets lighting and a front deck. Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge On the Gibb River Road close to Bell and Galvans Gorge Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge Accommodation close to Mitchell Falls Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge In the heart of Purnululu National Park Enquire about Drysdale River Station and Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge. Lodges priced from 250 per person twin share. Includes Dinner with complimentary glass of wine Bed and Breakfast. RESERVATIONS 1800 889 389 Book online at www.KimberleyWilderness.com.au Email info KimberleyWilderness.com.au Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT9863 KIMBERLEY WILDERNESS ADVENTURES PAGE 68 www.australiasnorthwest.com Beagle Bay Church Cape Leveque Ardi dAMPier PeninSulA Stretching approximately 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road the Dampier Peninsula is the perfect getaway for the adventurous traveller. Known to the local Aboriginal people as Ardi meaning northeast it offers unspoiled coastline and unique Indigenous cultural experiences. Visitors are offered the opportunity to learn traditional fishing and hunting techniques taste bush foods and learn useful bush medicine. The focus on sharing culture involves actually experiencing traditional life in family and community settings. You can swim in the sparkling waters go snorkelling fishing or simply relax and enjoy the wide open stretches of white sandy beaches. The area is also rich in history - don t forget to stop off in Beagle Bay and see the Sacred Heart Church and its spectacular pearl shell altar built by local Aboriginal people and the Pallotine Monks in 1917. Visiting the Dampier Peninsula means entering Aboriginal land as it is made up of a series of small Aboriginal communities - offering accommodation ranging from simple bush camps to self contained safari tents. Bookings are essential at all accommodation sites. As you travel through this pristine area you are asked to respect the land the culture and the privacy of local people where access is restricted. Whilst some fuel and stores can be purchased they are limited and only available at certain locations and times. It is advised to carry extra fuel oil water emergency rations spare parts and tools. Heed warning signs when swimming. Please note four-wheel drive is recommended medical facilities are strictly limited dogs are not allowed and alcohol cannot be purchased anywhere on the Peninsula. exPerienCeS Take a stroll on a secluded beach swim or go snorkelling in the sparkling waters Call in to Beagle Bay s Sacred Heart Church with its beautiful pearl shell altar Share stories of history and contemporary lifestyle with local Aboriginal guides Settle into a comfortable safari tent and enjoy the view overlooking the Indian Ocean Spend the day fishing on a charter boat or hire your own dinghy Visit the Lombadina Mission Spot whales turtles or dugongs off the beach Go mud crabbing with a local guide and enjoy feasting on your catch Broome Visitor Centre 1 Hamersley Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 2200 Email enquiries broomevisitorcentre.com.au Website www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 69 Trochus Shells A remote wilderness paradise A remote and unique wilderness paradise located at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. A variety of accommodation is available to suit a range of budgets from deluxe self-contained safari tents to bushpole cabins and camping in the campground or beach camping shelters. There are a diverse range of nature based activities available including scenic boat tours whale watching tours scenic flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago and a range of local cultural tours. Facilities include an alfresco restaurant cafe open from April to October tour desk a general store selling basic goods souvenirs and beach snorkel hire equipment. Ph (08) 9192 4970 Email leveque bigpond.com www.kooljaman.com.au Chom190x60 - AustNW2011 PEARLS DIRECT FROM THE FARM ralia s oldest pearl farm Aust 15 11 10 TOURS 8 55 PM GALLERY CAFE Page 1 ACCOMMODATION c yg n e t bayp e a r l s. c om . au D A M P I E R P E N I N S U L A & C H I N AT O w N B R O O M E The Cape Leveque Specialist Now visiting Australia s oldest operating Pearl Farm at Cygnet Bay and the Aboriginal community of CHOMLEY S TOURS DEPART DAILY. Specialising in small groups we offer 1 2 3 and 4 Day options with indigenous guided activities such as mudcrabbing shorefishing reef walking snorkelling and canoeing. All tours visit the BEAGLE BAY CHURCH. www.chomleystours.com.au One Arm Point BOOKINGS (08) 9192 6195 PAGE 70 www.australiasnorthwest.com derBy & the BuCCAneer ArChiPelAGO Situated on King Sound 220 kilometres north east of Broome Derby was the first town settled in the Kimberley. With the highest tides in the southern hemisphere - reaching approximately 12 metres - a visit to Derby is not complete without seeing high and low tide at the Derby Wharf. The outlying mangroves attract over 210 bird species including migratory waders and are a great place to explore the surrounding wetlands and bush land. Visitors can be led on an historical journey by visiting the Wharfinger House Museum and Woolshed. Derby has a vibrant cultural heritage waiting to be explored. Derby is the closest point to the magnificent islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago accessible by light aircraft flight or boat cruise. The Archipelago is made of a thousand rugged islands with patches of rainforest secluded beaches and a fringe of mangroves set in a turquoise tropical sea. Huge tides in this area create a phenomenon known as the Horizontal Waterfalls - where the massive tidal water movement rushes through two small gaps in high cliffs to form a horizontal waterfall. Derby is the western gateway to your outback adventure along the Gibb River Road - just a few hours drive sees you in amazing gorge country. Check out Windjana Gorge Tunnel Creek or Bell Gorge or head south on the highway to the Willare Floodplains and try your luck fishing for barramundi along the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River. Derby accommodation options include caravan parks backpackers and hotel motels. Derby Visitor Centre 30 Loch Street Derby Western Australia 6728 Freecall 1800 621 426 Ph (08) 9191 1426 Email info derbytourism.com.au Website www.derbytourism.com.au exPerienCeS Take a scenic flight fishing trip or sea safari to the Buccaneer Archipelago View and purchase art at Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre Visit the Old Derby Goal and the Pioneer Cemetery Visit the Boab Prison Tree adjacent to historic Myall s Bore and cattle trough Step back in time at the Wharfinger House Museum Follow the Derby Pastoral Trail from One Mile Camp Boab Dinner Tree to the Derby Wharf Take a leisurely stroll along the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and learn about the local flora and how it was used by the Nyikina people Check out the mosaic floor of the Centenary Pavilion Have a round of golf at The Boabs Derby Golf Course Enjoy the sunset from the jetty or take an evening walk on the tidal flats Take a day tour to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 71 Derby Wharf Relax in style. Welcome to the Spinifex Hotel in Derby. This iconic hotel has been recently renovated and caters to both the business and leisure traveller with facilities including a fully licensed bar restaurant TAB modern motel-style accommodation a swimming pool barbecue and conference room. Relax in one of the 48 luxury self-contained apartments equipped with cooking and laundry facilities queen beds separate lounge area with at screen TV high speed internet air-conditioning and the option to relax in the fresh air on your own private veranda. The stunning new restaurant serves the nest modern Australian cuisine while the minimalist decor creates a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere perfect intimate dining a quick business lunch or just a snack on the run. The Spinifex Hotel also caters for families and sports fans by offering two distinctive bars. Our family bar is perfect for a relaxing drink or BBQ while the sports bar hosts pool tables and a big screen TV. Both offer an all-day dining menu 7 days a week. The jewel in the crown of Western Australia s top end Derby offers visitors to the Kimberly Region spectacular scenery and unique local terrain such as the Windjana Gorge National Park the Buccaneer Archipelago Horizontal Waterfall and Tunnel Creek. 6 Clarendon Street Derby WA 6728 t ( 61) 8 9191 1233 e info spinifexhotel.com.au www.spinifexhotel.com.au PAGE 72 www.australiasnorthwest.com Geikie Gorge FitzrOy CrOSSinG Set on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River Fitzroy Crossing is the quintessential outback Australian town. No visit is complete without a drive out to the original town site and the legendary Crossing Inn built in 1897 as a shanty inn and trade store for long distance travellers waiting to ford the Fitzroy River. Today it is a great base to explore Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge National Parks and is also the gateway to the Geikie Gorge National Park a spectacular waterway with soaring weathered cliffs and abundant wildlife. Join a tour through Mimbi Caves to view ancient rock art and crystal clear pools. These ancient caves are one of the oldest identified sites of human occupation in Australia. Guided tours offer an excellent insight into the Aboriginal culture of these areas. Accommodation options include caravan parks and a well serviced hotel motel. exPerienCeS Visit Geikie Gorge National Park cruise the river and learn from Aboriginal guides Explore the fascinating Mimbi Caves Find a good spot along the mighty Fitzroy River to camp or fish for barramundi Visit an Aboriginal arts centre to see local artists at work Drive or walk across the original causeway crossing in Old Town Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Centre Flynn Drive Fitzroy Crossing Western Australia 6765 Ph (08) 9191 5355 Email fxtourism sdwk.wa.gov.au Website www.sdwk.wa.gov.au business fitzroycrossingvisitorcentre.html Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 73 Mimbi Cave The Crossing Inn A piece of local history The Crossing Inn opened in 1897 has survived rising floodwaters to become the oldest Kimberley hotel on it s original site. Whilst the Inn has been rebuilt and the types of travellers have changed the spirit of the old Crossing Inn still remains a warm welcome delightful accommodation a cold beer and the chance to soak up the sights and sounds a true outback town. Skuthorp Road Fitzroy Crossing Western Australia Ph (08) 9191 5080 Fax (08) 9191 5208 Email crossinginn bigpond.com www.crossinginn.com.au Fitzroy River Lodge A Kimberley Oasis About half way between Broome and Kununurra the Fitzroy River Lodge is a welcoming sight where you can relax amongst fifty acres of natural bush with shady tress and landscaped gardens. The Lodge has accommodation to suit every type of traveller as well as a swimming pool tennis court restaurant and bar tours desk internet and fuel. Great Northern Highway Fitzroy Crossing Ph (08) 9191 5141 Fax (08) 9191 5142 Email fitzroyriverlodge bigpond.com www.fitzroyriverlodge.com.au PAGE 74 www.australiasnorthwest.com Saw Pit Gorge Great Northern Highway Russian Jack Memorial Halls Creek Purnululu National Park China Wall hAllS CreeK Halls Creek sits on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and is famous for having Western Australia s first gold discovery in 1885. Soon after the site became prospecting grounds to more than 15 000 people from all over the world who flocked there in the hope of finding gold. In 1955 the town site was relocated and was the last stop before stock drovers commenced the long cattle drive along the legendary Canning Stock Route. Today Halls Creek is one of the fastest growing shires within WA and is a busy service town for surrounding pastoralists Aboriginal communities and travellers. It s a gateway to stunning natural attractions including the world heritage listed Purnululu National Park Bungle Bungle Range and the natural geographical wonder of China Wall. Be sure to view Wolfe Creek Crater formed when a giant meteorite crashed into the earth 300 000 years ago leaving the second largest crater in the world. Accommodation options includes a hotel lodge and caravan park. exPerienCeS Take a scenic flight over the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park Bungle Bungle Range Check out Wolfe Creek Crater the second largest meteorite crater in the world View the China Wall a sub-vertical quartz rock protruding six metres off the ground Enjoy the tranquil scenery of fresh water springs at Palm Springs or Caroline Pool Go swimming picnicking and fishing at Sawpit Gorge Visit Old Halls Creek 16km along a gravel road from the Great Northern Highway home to the first gold discovery in WA in 1885 Halls Creek Visitor Centre Corner Hall Street and Great Northern Highway Halls Creek Western Australia 6770 Ph (08) 9168 6262 Email tourism hcshire.wa.gov.au Website www.hallscreektourism.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 75 Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Old Halls Creek Cemetrey Caroline Pool near Halls Creek http www.hallscreektourism.com.au tourism hcshire.wa.gov.au Kimberley Hotel The 4 Star Kimberley Hotel is cool elegant and tranquil yet still retains much of the frontier character of Old Halls Creek. Located adjacent to the airport and approximately 500 metres from the Post Office and town centre the hotel has views of the surrounding country side. The Kimberley Hotel provides 57 spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms that like the main building have been designed as small station homesteads. Fully airconditioned and serviced the standard corporate and deluxe rooms are surrounded by manicured gardens that include a pool and barbecue area. Rates Corporate Room Deluxe Room Family (2 Rooms) 01 Apr 11 to 31 Mar 12 01 Apr 12 to 31 Mar 13 164 197 266 190 230 310 Roberta Avenue Halls Creek Western Australia 6770 Ph (08) 9168 6101 Fax (08) 9168 6071 Freecall 1800 355 228 Book online and obtain immediate confirmations at www.kimberleyaccommodation.com.au PAGE 76 www.australiasnorthwest.com Kununurra Mirima National Park Ivanhoe Crossing KununurrA Kununurra is located on the banks of one of the Kimberley s major waterways - the Ord River. Aptly named meeting of big waters the township sits close to the Northern Territory border. The vast stunning landscape around Kununurra and the East Kimberley is truly awe inspiring and is the perfect backdrop for an outback adventure. First gazetted in the 1960s as the centre for the Ord River Irrigation Scheme Kununurra is one of Western Australia s youngest towns. Today it s a hub of local industry for agriculture mining and a host of great holiday experiences. Kununurra offers a wide range of accommodation including caravan parks hotel motels resorts backpackers and self contained apartments. Take a four wheel drive tour into ancient gorge country join a cruise on the massive Lake Argyle or wind your way up the stunning Ord River. Take to the air on a charter flight over some of the most spectacular landforms in the world. Visit the largest open cut diamond mine on the planet explore the world heritage listed Purnululu National Park Bungle Bungle Range or relax at one of the luxury remote coastal camps. Spend a few days canoeing down the Ord River hire a house boat or try abseiling. Check out Western Australia s only working rum distillery visit one of the many Indigenous and contemporary art galleries or just relax after a big day fishing for barramundi. exPerienCeS Explore Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park Cruise the Ord River swim relax and check out the vast array of flora and fauna Take a scenic flight over Purnululu National Parks Bungle Bungle Range the massive Argyle Diamond Mine or the spectacular Mitchell Plateau Spend a few days barramundi fishing on the Lower Ord River Cruise the vast inland sea of Lake Argyle Visit the town s many Indigenous and contemporary art and craft galleries View the Argyle Diamond showrooms which has some of the finest gems in the world Drive out to historic Ivanhoe Crossing the old concrete causeway over the Ord River. A great picnic spot or try your luck fishing for a barramundi Take in the spectacular view of the Ord Valley from the Kelly s Knob Lookout Tour the town and irrigation area of the Ord Valley Swim in one of the nearby waterholes and springs that are particularly exhilarating in the wet season Kununurra Visitor Centre East Kimberley Tourism House Coolibah Drive Kununurra Freecall 1800 586 868 Ph (08) 9168 1177 Email info visitkununurra.com Website www.kununurratourism.com Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 77 Ord River produce Black Rock Falls Lake Argyle near Kununurra Purnululu National Park Lake Argyle near Kununurra Experience the thrill of a Float Plane in the Kimberley See the Bungle Bungle Range Lake Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine the Berkeley River Kimberley Coast and much more. Tours depart from Kununurra & Lake Argyle. For an adventure you will never forget call Kimberley Air Tours today on (08) 9168 2653. info kimberleyairtours.com.au www.kimberleyairtours.com.au PAGE 78 www.australiasnorthwest.com 93 Konkerberry Drive Kununurra WA Phone 61 (0) 8 9169 1133 Freecall (Australia) 1800 852 144 Email info kimberleyfinediamonds.com.au Web www.kimberleyfinediamonds.com.au COLOURS OF THE KIMBERLEY Need a getaway from your getaway Relax in our gourmet cafe try our unique beauty and lifestyle products and discover the kimberley sandalwood industry - from soil to oil. Visit us today. relax in dul g e taste experience shop KUNUNURRA THE SANDALWOOD FAC TORY 51 Weaber Plains Rd Kununurra WA 6743 T 9169 1987 www.mtromance.com.au Lovell Gallery Peaceful cool and inviting - the gallery you visit even if you don t usually go to galleries Local artists who know the country well exhibit a diverse range of landscape and more which are backed by the 16 metres of Bungle Bungles in oils by Nadeen Lovell. This painting too big to even fit into Parliament House in Canberra when they asked to borrow it is worth coming to see alone. The beautiful ambience of the gallery always delights and you may even meet an artist or two. Ph (08) 9168 1781 Mob 0409 922 706 Email nadeenlovell bigpond.com www.lovellgallery.com.au 144 Konkerberry Drive Kununurra WA Warmun Art - Art Centre Gallery at Warmun Aboriginal Community Gallery Open Weekdays 9 4pm visitors welcome. Stop on your way between Kununurra and Halls Creek to purchase art directly from Aboriginal artists of Warmun Community. Artists of all ages continue the rich tradition of the East Kimberley contemporary art movement painting with ochres dug from their land and sharing stories of Gija life and culture. Warmun Art is wholly owned and governed by the Gija people of Warmun Community ensuring integrity of the art works and the conditions under which they are made and traded. Great Northern Hwy Warmun (Turkey Creek) WA 6743 Ph (08) 9168 7496 before entry to the community Email sales warmunart.com www.warmunart.com Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 79 East Kimberley Tours The Bungle Bungle Specialists Bookings 1800 682 213 Email bookings ekt.com.au Web www.eastkimberleytours.com.au Walk amongst the famous Beehive Domes or explore the breathtaking Cathedral Gorge. East Kimberley Tours are the Bungle Bungle specialists with over 28 years experience in this world heritage listed area. A comprehensive range of Fly Drive and 4WD tours available from Kununurra and Warmun Turkey Creek. Join us at our Bungle Bungle Bushcamp for comfort great Kimberley hospitality great meals and modern environmentally friendly facilities. Dinner Bed and Breakfast packages available for the self drivers. Big Waters Kimberley Canoe Safaris 3 day self-guided adventure paddling from Lake Argyle to Kununurra along the magnificent Upper Ord River. Spectacular scenery breathtaking gorges wildlife and birds galore swimming fishing bushwalks and so much more... Do as much or as little as you like. You re the boss Camp by the river under a million stars next to the dying embers of your fire at our two bush campsites. Both campsites are recently upgraded with raised sleeping platforms and Eco-friendly Nature Loos. Camping kit Swags Mozzie domes Storage barrels Esky Map and Transport supplied. You supply food and a sense of adventure. 185 pp (Min 2 persons). Freecall 1800 650 580 Ph (08) 9169 1182 Email info bigwaters.com.au www.bigwaters.com.au Lake Argyle Cruises Relax a while on Lake Argyle A cruising wildlife experience on this inland sea must not be missed during your visit to the Kimberley region. Your first stop in Western Australia to explore a unique ecosystem magnificent scenery abundant wildlife rare birds magic sunsets and friendly Kimberley hospitality. We offer a selection of tours catering for the individual traveller as well as large tour groups. Tel (08) 9168 7687 Fax (08) 9168 7461 Email info lakeargylecrusies.com www.lakeargylecruises.com KUNUNURRA EAST KIMBERLEY Cruise Lake Argyle Lake Kununurra and the Ord River The Ord River and Lake Argyle are two of the most stunning waterways in Australia. Triple J Tours offer the tour of a lifetime navigating a massive 55km of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle as well as the expanse of Lake Argyle. From modern shaded vessels be a witness to an ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations. The journey takes you through spectacular gorge country tributary creek systems and wetlands all of which add to the Triple J experience. Triple J Tours also offer morning and sunset cruises on Lake Argyle with its amazing beauty and abundance of wildlife one of Australia s largest bodies of fresh water. Award winning and a must do when travelling the East Kimberley. Reservations 1800 242 682 Phone (08) 9168 2682 Fax (08) 9168 2562 Email admin triplejtours.com.au PO Box 105 Kununurra WA 6743 www.triplejtours.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 81 Activities Include horse riding fishing boating station tours cattle mustering sunset soir es... Phone 61-8 9161 4322 Fax 61-8 9161 4288 PMB 15 Kununurra WA 6743 Email reservations hvstation.com.au Web www.hvstation.com.au NEW VILLAS AVAILABLE EARLY 2012 The new Lake Argyle Resort is nestled in the tranquil Carr Boyd Ranges surrounded by some of Australia s most breathtaking scenery. A range of accommodation plus camping and caravan sites restaurant and the spectacular mountain top infinity pool make the resort the perfect retreat after a day exploring the many attractions that make Lake Argyle a must on your northern adventure. Allow yourself the time to enjoy some of our tours and attractions including cruises & luxury charters on Lake Argyle & the Ord River Gorges scenic float plane flights over Lake Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine and the Bungle Bungles Historical Durack Family Homestead Museum amazing bushwalks great fishing or experience a canoe safari down the spectacular Ord River Gorges. Ph (08) 9168 7777 E resort lakeargyle.com www.lakeargyle.com Hotel Kununurra The 3 star Hotel Kununurra is conveniently located in the heart of town close to all amenities and only 4 kms from the airport. The Hotel Kununurra provides spacious and refurbished rooms that offer A C free in-house movies foxtel and TV. The hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that include a swimming pool and BBQ area. Also features the popular Zebra Rock Bar & Restaurant. Messmate Way Kununurra Western Australia Ph (08) 91680400 Freecall 1800 450 993 Book online and obtain immediate confirmations at www.kimberleyaccommodation.com.au Kununurra Lakeside Resort Kununurra with a View Uniquely located on the banks of Lily Creek Lagoon our lush green gardens offer a tranquil relaxing environment to enjoy whilst exploring the many attractions and activities of the Kimberley. Whatever your budget or requirements are we have a range of 3 star rated accommodation to suit from motel and self-catering rooms through to powered caravan sites. With our new resort pool and alfresco restaurant & bar our aim is to offer our guests genuine hospitality that will ensure their stay will be memorable. Casuarina Way Kununurra Ph (08) 9169 1092 Fax (08) 9168 2741 Email bookings lakeside.com.au www.lakeside.com.au Book online to see specials and immediate confirmation PAGE 82 www.australiasnorthwest.com http www.freshwaterapartments.net.au manager freshwaterapartments.net.au Freshwater Holiday Planner half page ol.indd 1 12 2 2011 6 31 53 PM Windayi River Camp Ord River The Kimberley Far away on the eastern side of the Kimberley Windayi River Camp is the perfect launch spot for a journey across Australia s greatest wilderness region. It is the story of the mighty Ord River and the pioneer settlers who made the greatest cattle drives in history. It is the story of Australia s most remarkable fish--the Barramundi. A wilderness region that reveals huge crocodiles and a multitude of bird and wildlife. Windayi River Camp offers 8 spacious cabins perched on the flood-banks of the Ord River. Meals in the lodge building are wholesome innovative and often include native produce. They are shared communally with guests guides and hosts. Our team provides an informal level of attention that is only possible in a small and exclusive camp with the local knowledge and passion of the guides and the hosts that brings the experience alive. Ph 1300 790 561 Email info windayiriver.com www. windayiriver.com Lakeview Apartments One two and three bedroom Self Contained and Serviced Apartments Pool spa and BBQ s set in tropical gardens Clean modern and comfortable 10 Free Foxtel Channels Free wireless internet access Tour bookings Only 800 metres to shops and restaurants. Hidden Valley Caravan Park Just a short distance from town Mirimar National park forms natures backdrop to over 15 acres of parklands with abundant wildlife & beautiful bushwalks available. Resort style tropical pool wireless internet s c cabins campers kitchen & BBQ areas car wash van storage. Our friendly staff will advise you on tour bookings and sightseeing. Tariff 30 powered site (2 Adults) 12 unpowered (per person) 125 cabin (2 people). Seniors discount. Weaber Plains Rd Kununurra 6743 Ph (08) 9168 1790 Fax (08) 9169 1261 www.hiddenvalleycaravanpark.com.au 31 Victoria Hwy (PO Box 127) Kununurra WA 6743 Ph 61 8 9168 0000 Fax 61 8 9168 0088 Email lakeviewapartments wn.com.au www.lakeviewapartments.net Nature Tourism PET FRIENDLY Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 83 countryclub aspenresorts.com.au http kununurracountryclub.com.au http www.pinctada.com.au PAGE 84 www.australiasnorthwest.com Five Rivers Lookout Wyndham s crocodile statue Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve near Wyndham Aboriginal Rock Art WyndhAM Western Australia s most northerly township Wyndham is a small and relatively undiscovered town which typifies the character and spirit of the Kimberley. Established in 1886 as a result of the Halls Creek gold rush it has a population of approximately 1 000 people and offers the chance to discover some diverse and exciting history. The working port services a live cattle export industry large mining industry and the Ord River Project. Many luxury Kimberley cruising vessels stop in begin or end their journey in Wyndham. Situated on the Cambridge Gulf where the King Pentecost Durack Forest and Ord Rivers meet Wyndham is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms rivers and wetlands in the Kimberley. Wyndham offers great four-wheel driving fishing bush walking and bird watching. Accommodation options include a caravan park and small hotel. exPerienCeS Take a drive to the Five Rivers Lookout and absorb the sweeping views and spectacular sunsets Step back in time on the Wyndham Port Heritage Trail walk drive Call into the Wyndham Museum situated in the old courthouse building Visit the Wyndham Crocodile Park home to over 3 000 saltwater crocodiles Take a drive out along King River Road to Moochalabra Dam. Keep an eye open for the Prison Boab Tree and Aboriginal rock paintings along the way The Grotto south of Wyndham Wyndham Tourist Information Centre Kimberley Motors Wyndham Western Australia 6740 Ph (08) 9161 1281 Catch a barra stay berkeleyriver.com.au http www.berkeleyriver.com.au THE PILBARA AND KIMBERLEY ARE CENTRE STAGE FOR MOTHER NATURE S GREATEST ILLUSION. No camera trickery here. This astonishing trick of the light is all the work of nature itself performed only in Australia s North West. Staircase to the Moon Broome StAirCASe tO the MOOn From March to October witness a breathtaking natural phenomenon known as the Staircase to the Moon. It is caused by the rising of the full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide - creating a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. It occurs along the coastline at Onslow Dampier Point Samson Peninsula Port Hedland and Broome. The Staircase to the Moon in Broome is often complemented by local night markets at Town Beach. Here you can sample local fare purchase crafts and delight in talented local entertainers. StAirCASe dAteS (BrOOMe) March 9th 6.40pm 10th 7.27pm 11th 8. 17pm April 7th 8th 9th May 7th 8th 9th 6.35pm 7.38pm 8.40pm 6.20pm 7.24pm 8.25pm July 4th 5th 6th 6.06pm 7.07pm 8.05pm September 1st 6.23pm 2nd 7.14pm 3rd 8.05pm October 1st 6.48pm 2nd 7.38pm 3rd 8.29pm 6.04pm 6.57pm 7.54pm June 5th 6th 7th August 3rd 6.47pm 4th 7.41pm 5th 8.33pm The times vary slightly for each location so make sure to check with the local Visitor Centre for up to the minute information. www.australiasnorthwest.com Town Beach Night Market dates provided by the Broome Market Stall Holders Association. Dates provided by the Australian Government Geoscience Australia