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YOUR HOLIDAY gUIDe TO AUsTRALIA s NORTH WesT The Kimberley and Pilbara WesTern ausTralia 2013 www.australiasnorthwest.com Kimberley Pilbara Your adventure starts here ... t Grea s l Dea Kununurra Accommodation Hot Deals Kununurra Hotel FREE Breakfast per Choose from loads of hot deals compare all options. room Kununurra Accomm tropical Kimberley setting deluxe room 125 Kununurra Luxury 4 star resort FREE Dinner Breakfast 160 132 Broome Packages Hotels Apartments & Cable Beach Resorts Exclusive Western Australia hotel deals just like these. 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Broome - Darwin (via Gibb River Road) 7 Day 4WD 934 Explore the spectacular beauty of the Kimberley including 2081 2106 2007 Accommodation Day Tours Coach Tours Safari Tours Self-Drive Packages 2066 bookings discoverAustralia.com Call 1300 790 270 Incorporating Incorporating In the North West of Western Australia lies... a place like no other on earth. Welcome to Australia s North West Getting Here Travel Tips Festivals & Events 2013 Climate Indigenous Cultural Experiences Drive Adventures Aquatic Adventures Scenic Flights Family Fun 2 3 6 10 12 13 14 16 18 25 The Pilbara Welcome to The Pilbara Pilbara National Parks Pilbara Itinerary Ideas Central Pilbara Coast Inland Pilbara Port Hedland 26 28 30 32 38 40 Welcome to The Kimberley Kimberley National Parks Kimberley Itinerary Ideas Broome Ardi Dampier Peninsula Derby & the Buccaneer Archipelago Gibb River & Kalumburu Roads Gibb River Road Self Drive Itinerary Fitzroy Crossing Halls Creek Kununurra Wyndham Australia s North West The Kimberley 44 46 48 50 66 70 72 72 76 77 80 89 Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 1 Welcome to Australia s North West With almost one million square kilometres of incredible scenery stretching between Onslow and Kununurra the Kimberley and the Pilbara regions in Western Australia s North West offer up extraordinary experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. The sweeping landscapes and unique natural attractions together with the rugged drive trails and picturesque national parks all work to connect you with nature encouraging you to relax and enjoy the wide open spaces and coastline that are synonymous with this special part of Australia. Home to Karijini National Park s ancient geological formations Burrup Peninsula rock art Purnululu National Park s Bungle Bungle Range the massive tides of the Horizontal Waterfalls and the turquoise waters of Cable Beach you will see nature at its most spectacular. While nature takes centre stage you will also be charmed by both the adventurous and laid back local characters you meet in the small towns and communities eager to share their stories and histories of the region adding another layer to your extraordinary experience in the outback. Whether you are after a luxury cruise a remote getaway a beachside break or a simple camping trip the North West has a holiday to satisfy every traveller. With accommodation and tour options itineraries and highlights Australia s North West Tourism hopes that this holiday guide will help you plan a memorable visit to this remarkable region. Hon Chris Ellison Chairman Australia s North West Tourism PAGE 2 www.australiasnorthwest.com Getting here By AIr Flig hts from Perth The North West is well serviced by a number of carriers with Paraburdoo Newman Karratha Port Hedland Broome Derby and Kununurra all receiving jet flights from a number of carriers out of Perth including Qantas Virgin Skywest and Airnorth. Full flight schedules and the destinations to which they fly can be found on the websites of each of the individual carriers www.qantas.com.au www.skywest.com.au www.airnorth.com.au www.virginaustralia.com.au Interstate Flig hts Qantas operates seasonal direct flights to Broome from Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane with daily connections through Perth all year. 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. Qantas flies direct from Brisbane and Melbourne to Port Hedland. 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. 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. 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. Vehicle Hire 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 will find a variety of rental vehicles ranging from motor homes to four-wheel drives available at most major centres. By Coach Greyhound Australia operates daily coach services that connect most major towns in the Pilbara and the Kimberley. Integrity Coachlines provides scheduled coach services to the Pilbara. Guided Tours There is a large 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 like-minded 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 Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 3 APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES Perth GNH Perth WCH 17 15 18 00 6 00 Karratha 18 00 216 00 242 Karratha 833 21 987242 833 1822 987 1812 1822 1812 16 15 6 15 0 30 16 15 Dampier 6 15 262 0 30 852 Dampier 1006 262 852 1841 1006 1831 1841 1831 19 00 5 15 3 00 19 00 3 30 5 15 Port Hedland 3 00 611 3 30 766 Port Hedland 611 1601 766 1591 1601 1591 25 45 12 15 10 00 25 45 10 00 12 15 7 30 10 00 Broome 10 00 222 7 30 Broome 1057 222 1045 1057 1045 27 15 14 00 11 45 27 15 11 45 14 00 9 00 11 45 3 00 11 45 Derby 9 00 3 00 919 Derby 907 919 907 36 30 23 00 20 45 36 30 20 45 23 00 18 15 20 45 12 15 20 45 10 30 18 15 12 15 Wyndham 10 30 105 Wyndham 105 37 00 23 00 20 45 37 00 20 45 23 00 18 15 20 45 11 45 20 45 10 00 18 15 11 45 1 30 10 00 Kununurra 1 30 Kununurra Broome APPROXIMATE 1435 n a 1548 GNH Perth 15671435 16361548 21741567 23291636 31642174 33302329 3164 3330 DRIVING TIMES Tom Price 456 17 15 475 Price Tom 431 456 1022 475 1176 431 1022 2011 1176 2000 2011 2000 n a WCH Perth n a n a n a n a 2237 n a 2391 n a 2237 3229 2391 3214 3229 3214 Broome 15 19 00 5 15 3 00 3 30 Port Hedland 25 45 12 15 10 00 10 00 7 30 27 15 14 00 11 45 11 45 9 00 36 30 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 37 00 23 00 20 45 20 45 18 15 Broome 15 30 pier 2 2 06 41 This map is intended as a guide only. If you are planning Broome 3 00 11 45 to611 travel by road please purchase a detailed12 15 map available from the RAC or visitor centres. you are planning 10 00 This 766 map is intended as a guide only. If 222 Derby 10 30 to travel by road please purchase a detailed map AustrAliA s North West tourism Wyndham 1601 1057 919 1 30 available from the RAC or visitor centres. 31 www.australiasnorthwest.com 1591 1045 907 PO Box 554 Broome WA 6725 Ph ( 61) 08 9193 6660 Fax ( 61) 08 9193 6662 Code of CoNduCt ANd ethiCs 105 Kununurra 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 Tourism Australia Ho-jong Yu Judith Millard Clare Crouch Port Hedland Council 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. 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Exmouth Gulf Learmonth Exmouth Nanutarra Roadhouse Private Road Permit required HAMER SLE Y RA Karijini National Park OPTH Auski Roadhous W T ES Tom Price Paraburdoo NORTHERN ALMIA RA Newm Minilya Roadhouse PAGE 4 www.australiasnorthwest.com This map is intended as a guide only. If you are planning to travel by road please purchase a detailed map. NOR TH Coral Bay Cape Londonderry N Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Four Wheel Drive Bo na r pa te Cape Bougainville c Ar hip g ela 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 Wyndham Kununurra V D ROA IC HWY Kooljaman Resort Cape Leveque RIV ER Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine DUNCA N Lake Beagle Bay King Sound B Warmun ER N Derby Roebuck R RoadhouseG EAT Windjana Gorge Nat. Pk. GREAT Tunnel Creek Nat. Pk. BUNG LE BUNGLE RA. Broome Willare Bridge Roadhouse NORTHERN 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 ING Lake Disappointment Windy Corner GIBSON DESERT Hopkins Lake DURBA HILLS RY CA GA C Copyright Australia s North West Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 5 NORTHERN Lake Dennis Alice Springs E ty igh e Mil RT H B c ea ER h 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 Cockatoo I Koolan I Lake Argyle Village Keep River Nat. Park HWY RD TO RIA W.A. - N.T. BORDER 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 departing will lead to a more enjoyable holiday experience. Accommodation 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 an accredited Visitor Centre on your holiday route. Accredited Visitor Centres There is a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Many towns throughout the North West support strong tourist numbers between May and October. The Pilbara has a large resource industry workforce so therefore 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 petfriendly caravan parks. 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 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. 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 first aid kit tool kit food water at least two spare tyres and spare parts should be kept as standard - along with the knowledge of how to use them. PAGE 6 www.australiasnorthwest.com Gibb River Road - Kimberley 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 circumstances. 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 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 Wandering Stock 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. 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 and cattle. 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 Tides 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 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. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 7 PAGE 8 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 which 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. 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 parking 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 high frequency users refer to VKS-737 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. 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. 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. Cane Toads Help Protect the Kimberley from Cane Toads 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 449 453 (freecall). 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. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 9 Rodeo Action Wildflower Season Shinju Matsuri Festival Broome Markets Fishing Competition PAGE 10 www.australiasnorthwest.com FESTIVAlS & EVENTS 2013 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 who 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. New Year s Day Australia Day Labour Day Good Friday Easter Monday ANZAC Day Foundation Day Queen s Birthday Christmas Day Boxing Day WA PuBlIC HOlIdAyS 2013 Tuesday 1 January Monday 28 January Monday 4 March Friday 29 March Monday 1 April Thursday 25 April Monday 3 June Monday 30 September Wednesday 25 December Thursday 26 December WA SCHOOl HOlIdAyS 2013 Autumn (Term 1) Winter (Term 2) Spring (Term 3) Summer (Term 4) 20 April to 5 May 2013 6 to 21 July 2013 28 Sept to 13 Oct 2013 20 Dec 2013 to 2 Feb 2014 12 26 9 23 23 3 9 16 3 6 13 25 JULY Kimberley Regional High School Sports Carnival Broome 1-4 Boab Festival Float Parade & Mardi Gras - Derby 5 Kimberley Art Prize - Derby 6 Wyndham Stars on the Bastion 6 NAIDOC Week 7-14 Kununurra Agricultural Show 12-13 Wine & Cheese Arts & Craft Onslow 12-13 West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 13 Cossack Family Day 21 Cossack Art Awards 21-31 Spinifex Spree Carnival - Port Hedland 26-27 Kimberley Writers Festival - Kununurra 26-28 Mowanjum Festival - Derby (Mowanjum) TBC AUGUST Cossack Art Awards FeNaClING Festival - Karratha Nameless Festival - Tom Price Corrugated Lines A Festival of Words West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Fortescue Festival - Newman Lake Argyle Adventure Race - Kununurra Opera Under the Stars - Broome SEPTEMBER Kimberley Small Business Awards - Kununurra West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Dam to Dam - Lake Argyle Kimberley Photographic Awards - Derby Shinju Matsuri Festival OCTOBER Kimberley Open Short Course Swimming Championships - Broome West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland NOVEMBER West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Remembrance Day Mango Festival - Broome Rotary Pioneers Dinner - Kununurra DECEMBER West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Carols By Candlelight 1-11 3-4 3-11 9-11 10 18 24 31 6 14 14-15 15 13-22 WIldlIFE Whale Watching Season Turtle Nesting Season Jul to Oct Oct to Feb STAIrCASE TO THE MOON March through to October. See back cover for details 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 majestic Ashburton pea or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen throughout the region. JANUARY West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Australia Day Celebrations FEBRUARY West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland Ord Valley CWA Bush Dance - Kununurra Welcome to Derby Day MARCH Clean Up Australia Day West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland St Patricks Day Quiz Night - Kununurra APRIL Freefall Contemporary Circus Show - Port Hedland Portbound Pilbara Youth & Health Festival South Hedland West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland ANZAC Day Service FISHING 4-6 12 9 11 21-24 TBC 14 TBC Buccaneer Classic - Derby 25-28 April Beyond the Bastion Brown Water Classic Wyndham 27 April May Day Classic - Broome (Presentation 25 May) 18-19 May Thready Shootout - Broome 9 June Billfish Tournament - Broome 14-21 July Ike Stol Memorial Fishing Comp - Derby August Blue Water Blast - Broome (Presentation 6 September) 31 August - 1 September Apex Barra Bash - Kununurra 28-30 September Barra & BS - Broome 5-7 October Interclub Competition 26-27 October Christmas Tinny Comp - Broome 24 November MAY Lake Argyle Swim - Kununurra 4 North West Expo - Broome 4-5 West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 11 Barramundi Concert - Kununurra 11 Mother s Day Classic Walk - Port Hedland 12 Welcome to Hedland Community Expo South Hedland 17 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster - Kununurra 17-26 Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 18-19 Gibb River Mountain Bike Challenge 19-23 Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience - Kununurra 25 Mud Crab Races - Derby TBC JUNE Red Dog Festival - Roebourne Shire 1 360 Allstars Contemporary Circus Show Port Hedland 5 West End Outdoor Movies - Port Hedland 8 Kununurra Half Marathon 9 North West Netball Championships Port Hedland 15-16 Concert at Karijini 23 Mud Crab Races - Derby TBC Nguyuru Waaringarrem Halls Creek Music Festival TBC COuNTry rACING HIGHlIGHTS BROOME Saturdays All year round Sundays April - October DERBY Saturdays February - December KUNUNURRA Saturdays April - September Christmas Markets 30 November & 7 December PORT HEDLAND Yacht Club Markets First Sunday of each month March - December West End Markets Late April June August & October ONSLOW Saturday Sunday May June - September lOCAl MArKETS Tourism & Hospitality Day - Roebourne Family Day - Roebourne Derby Cup Marble Bar Cup Ladies Day - Roebourne Roebourne Cup Kimberley Cup - Broome Port Hedland Cup Day Ladies Day - Wyndham Halls Creek Cup Ladies Day - Broome Broome Cup Wyndham Cup & Race Ball Ladies Day - Kununurra Kununurra Cup 8 June 22 June 30 June 6 July 13 July 27 July 3 August 5 August 11 August 11 August 13 August 17 August 17 August 24 August 31 August September July July August August rOdEO ACTION Robe River Rodeo - Pannawonica Halls Creek Rodeo Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo Campdraft Onslow Rodeo Derby Rodeo Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 11 Cable Beach Broome 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. PAGE 12 www.australiasnorthwest.com Winter is traditionally the most popular time to visit and people flock from all over the globe. The daytime temperatures average between mid 20s to low 30s (Celsius). 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 INdIGENOuS CulTurAl ExPErIENCES Very few places in the world offer such a sense of isolation and ruggedness as Australia s North West. Stretching over an area of almost one million square kilometres the landscapes comprise a mix of wide open plateau country mighty gorges river valley systems waterfalls pristine untouched coastline and some of the most spectacular Aboriginal rock art in Australia. The great painted galleries of the Kimberley region feature Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn paintings which can only be found here - and then there are the major galleries of rock engravings in the Pilbara with over 10 000 individual art sites some of which have been referred to as the finest aggregation of rock engraving sites on the Australian continent. Every year new sites are being discovered Immersing yourself in this immense outback which has remained largely unchanged for millions of years can arouse a feeling of venturing back into ancient times especially when you re with an Aboriginal guide who is sharing some astonishing stories about his homeland. Aboriginal guides have acquired cultural knowledge handed down by their forefathers over thousands of years it s probably the oldest living culture in the world. Alongside a wide variety of demonstrations in hunting food gathering bush survival bush medicine your guide may take you on a unique journey along hidden tracks and unveil a fascinatingly different perception of the country s rich natural treasures and the influential role they play in paving this lifestyle. There is a range of wilderness camps eco retreats and community stays at some of the region s most breathtaking beauty spots . For the Aboriginal people their spiritual connection to the land and natural environment is a key part of their identity. Their knowledge of the country and the sacred places that are scattered through it are priceless gems in a fast changing world and a deeply moving experience that visitors take home as lasting memories. For more details about the wide range of authentic Indigenous tourism experiences in Australia s North West and Western Australia visit www.waitoc.com. The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) is the peak not for profit organisation providing advice and information. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 13 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 option for you. PAGE 14 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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. 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. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended and towing of caravans is discouraged. 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 www.warluway.com.au See page 72 for a suggested itinerary. 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 will travel 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 four-wheel drive 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. The Canning Stock route www.savannahway.com.au 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 Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 15 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. With months of sunshine the region truly is a water playground that offers visitors a wealth of memorable experiences. 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 river 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 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 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. Kayaking From July to October around 22 000 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 Camden Sound Marine Park 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 can be 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. PAGE 16 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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. Cable Beach 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. 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 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 of 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 Buccaneer 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 narrowly aligned cliffs in Talbot Bay is one of the more spectacular points of interest and can be accessed by aircraft from Broome or Derby as well as by sea. Enjoy a freshly-caught dinner of fish mud crabs or oysters on board your Kimberley cruis e vessel Cruise the Horizontal Waterfalls and experience this incredible natural phenomenon Dive or snorkel amongst the rich marine life and coral reefs of the Rowley Shoals Dam pier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands Catch the elusive barramundi or one of the many other trophy species that inhabit these waters Hike inland and discover freshwate r pools and waterfalls View the massive Montgomery Reef as it is exposed at low tide creating a serie s of waterfalls as the ocean cascades off the expanse ExPErIENCES Snorkelling and diving The North West s aquatic playgrounds are alive with masses of corals teeming 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. 84 times the volu me of Syd ney Harbou r. and an esti mated maximum capacit y of abo ut 1 000 km 2 a surface area Lake Argyle has Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 17 SCENIC FlIGHTS This vast area of the North West means that natural attractions can be hundreds of kilometres apart. The Kimberley Aerial Highway - a network of remote airstrips at major attractions throughout the region - gets visitors up close and personal to this spectacular area. Local operators have unique knowledge of the area which means you can access places 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. Take to the Kimberley skies on a fixed wing float plane or helicopter. There are half day full day and extended options available or create your own journey and take a private charter. Kununurra Broome and Derby are the main departure points for the Kimberley Aerial Highway. For more information on air and ground tour companies accommodation options and attractions servicing the Kimberley Aerial Highway visit westernaustralia.com kimberleyaerialhighway A Highway in the air It s true The Kimberley Aerial Highway is a network of outback airstrip s located in the North West providing access to many of the region s remote and awe-ins piring natural attractions and accom modati on. PAGE 18 www.australiasnorthwest.com Government of Western Australia Department of Regional Development and Lands 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) 9166 9300 Web www.slingair.com.au One call books it all... Planning your Kimberley adventure is easy with a little local know-how. Our team can help. With over 15 years of experience booking itineraries in our region and beyond our exclusive holiday packages are guaranteed to inspire. Visit our website www.broomekimberley.com.au Or call our Reservations team on 1300 639 559 ABN 37 053 109 185 Licence No. 9TA00613 FREE SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE BUNGLE BUNGLES CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL WITH ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES 10 NIGHT SAILINGS - APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2013 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. the kimberley Com Arafura Sea T I MO R DARWIN King George Falls Vansittart Bay Mitchell Falls Wyndham Montgomery Reef Crocodile Creek & Nares Point Hunter River Raft Point Horizontal Waterfalls & Talbot Bay Kununurra Bungle Bungles Northern Te r r i t o r y For more information or to make a booking call 1300 361 012 visit www.orionexpeditions.com or see your travel agent. BORNEO KIMBERLEY PA P U A NEW GUINEA NEW ZEALAND A U S T RA LIA BROOME Western Australia S U B - A N TA R C T I C ISLANDS A N TA R C T I C A OIHA1421 Please note these voyages are made up of two international sailings and will be ticketed as such. One way pricing to from Com is also available. PAGE 20 www.australiasnorthwest.com NORTH WEST Cars Trucks Utes 4WDs Minibuses Child seats 24hr Roadside Assistance Drive Your Dollar Further in the budget.com.au 13 27 27 BROOME - KARRATHA - KUNUNURRA PARABURDOO - PORT HEDLAND - NEWMAN CT9185 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 Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 21 Relax and enj oy Australia s North West in one of the many Caravan P arks in the region. Sta y in Cab a f ully in w fur it nish for h ever ed yt the a perf hing yo P rk u ne ect ed bre ak. e ll out th tent ro stars. h your r the Or pitc ep unde d sle swag an Caravan and Camping it s a lifestyle thing What better way to travel tow drive or carry your own accommodation and if you don t like the view you can always change it Or stay in a luxury onsite Chalet fully fitted out with everything you need the choice is yours Caravan Parks are everywhere in Australia s North West so your next adventure is just around the corner go on take a trip and make some memorable moments to last a lifetime. For more information visit www.caravanwa.com.au PAGE 22 www.australiasnorthwest.com That s The Best Holiday I Have Ever Had Twenty Five Years of Adventure North Star Cruises conducts adventure-cruises all 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. Southern Safari (8 nights) A safari at sea - across the Great Australian Bight from Adelaide to Ceduna with your favourite crew. Includes return 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 Sepik Soir e (11 nights) explore the remote Admiralty Islands snorkel & dive pristine areas of coral that are rarely visited and encounter the mysterious Sepik River. Includes return flights ex Cairns. West Coast Explorer (10 nights) A voyage of discovery from Fremantle to Dampier - encounter a vast and remarkable coastline featuring mega marine fauna and island paradise Visit the Abrolhos Islands Ningaloo Reef and the Monte Bello Islands all in a single cruise Bismarck Bonanza (10 nights) 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 encounter the Sepik discover relics of the Second World War explore the north coast of New Britain and land a defiant black bass. Includes return flights ex Cairns. Adventures in Paradise Extended (9 nights) 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. West Papua Discoverer (12 nights) The land of un-contacted peoples and undiscovered species. The land beyond sunrise. An expedition for the true adventurer Includes return flights ex Darwin. 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. Archipelago Adventure (5 nights) The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay (10 nights) Visit Cenderawasih Bay where the locals HAND-FeeD whale sharks Revel in a smorgasbord of natural events including nesting leatherback turtles and exceptional bird watching opportunities. Snorkel and dive perhaps the richest waters of all Includes return flights ex Darwin. Join a very select group of adventurers and discover the rarely visited Louisiade Archipelago. Includes return flights ex Cairns. 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. North Star Cruises Australia Tel ( 61 8) 9192 1829 Email cruise northstarcruises.com.au www.northstarcruises.com.au een hts betw Direct flig d Broome Perth an Direct flights betwee n Perth and Derby een Direct flights betw rra Perth and Kununu Fli Paraghts betw burd oo (Veen Perth Direct flights betwee ia Le n armoand Perth and Newman nth) Flights to Kununurra (Ex Broome) Flights to Dar win (Ex Kununurra or Broome) Flights to (Ex BroomePort Hedland or Geraldto n) Online Bookings www.skywest.com.au Reservations Flight Information & Holiday Packages (Open 6 00am to 7 00pm AWST) 1300 66 00 88 1300 66 00 88 www.skywest.com.au Your State. Your Airline. FAMIly FuN Seeing this amazing region of Australia through the eyes of a child can give you a fresh perspective to the places you visit. If you love to capture images of your children the stunning landscapes of the North West provide the perfect backdrop to photograph your child engaging with nature. The Visitor Centres should be the first port of call for any parent. They can advise you on family friendly activities suggest free options and recommend tours that would suit families from toddlers to teens. From viewing dinosaur footprints to fishing from a jetty climbing aboard a camel to kayaking children will love the variety of activities on offer. Some towns show outdoor films where your family can enjoying the novelty of watching a movie under the stars. Time your visit with a town s festival or event and your children will experience agricultural historical or cultural highlights of the region. If your kids love the water the Pilbara and Kimberley coastline provide uncrowded beaches that are perfect for paddling building sandcastles chasing hermit crabs and discovering shells. Playgrounds are dotted throughout the towns with some found in picturesque locations by the water s edge. Keep your eyes open for water playgrounds or minigolf always popular with the young ones. If you are visiting for an extended period during the school holidays it s worth checking out the local libraries and recreation centres for activities giving your child the opportunity to mix with local children while you gather tips from other parents on what to see and do in their town. Whether you are travelling by road or flying to a single destination you can leave the passport behind and experience a Western Australian holiday that will provide special memories for you and your children for years to come. See the events page and lists of experiences in this Holiday Planner for information to assist you in organising an unforgettable family holiday in the North West. Australia s North West Pilbara & Kimberley PAGE 25 PAGE 26 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 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 MillstreamChichester 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. Immortalised in the Australian film Red Dog Pilbara towns epitomise a pioneering Aussie spirit that is shared and celebrated Pilbara throughout this unique region of Australia. Perth Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 27 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. PAGE 28 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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. If you encounter a dingo in the park please do not feed. Travellers can access the park from Karratha Tom Price or Newman via sealed and unsealed roads. Please note the section of private road between Millstream Chichester Park and Tom Price requires a permit which can be obtained from the Visitor Centres located in Tom Price Karratha and Roebourne. 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 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 Joffre 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. Millstream Chichester National Park 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 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. 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 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 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. Karlam ilyi Nationa l Park is more than two-an d-a-hal f times as large as the Grand Canyo n Nationa l Park in Arizon a. Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 29 Breaker Inlet INDIAN OCEAN HWY Pardoo Roadhouse Port Hedland GREAT NO H RT ER N Point Samson Karratha Cossack Dampier Roebourne HW Y Marble Bar Private Road Permit required Fortescue Roadhouse CO AS TA L Millstream Chichester Nat. Pk. CHIC Onslow Pannawonica Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road HES Nullagine RAN GE T GREA TER HA ME RSL EY RA Exmouth Learmonth Exmouth Gulf Suggested Route Permit required Auski Roadhouse N 0 20 40 60 80 Tom Price 100 Mt Bruce Karijini National Park Mt. Meharry Paraburdoo 1249m Highest mountain in W.A. NORTHERN OPT H LMIA A Scale in Kilometres RA Newman Capricorn Roadhouse HWY Minilya Roadhouse NOR TH C Copyright Australia s North West PAGE 30 www.australiasnorthwest.com TAKE TIME OuT TO dISCOVEr AN AdVENTurE... 2 BIllION yEArS IN THE MAKING. 10 dAyS OF AdVENTurE IN THE PIlBArA ON THE WArlu WAy 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 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 daily catch. Head to the protected beach at Hearson 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 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 cabins powered and unpowered sites. 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. Four teen species of drag onfly and dams elfly have been reco rded in the Millst ream Chich ester wetla nds. Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 31 Dampier Archipelago Fishing near the Burrup Peninsula CENTrAl PIlBArA COAST 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 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 relax on white sandy beaches beachcomb for shells and enjoy picturesque sunsets. PAGE 32 www.australiasnorthwest.com Karratha The next City of the North is located 1 535 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 Water Tank 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 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 estimated to be some of the oldest on the planet. 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 explorer 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 coconut trees and watch the spectacular sunsets. Don t miss the memorial to the Pilbara Wanderer Red Dog on the way into town. Stop and read about the North West s favourite canine immortalised in Red Dog one of the most successful Australian movies of all time. 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. Hearson Cove 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 Pearling 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. Onslow Tourist Centre 2nd Avenue Onslow Western Australia 6710 Ph (08) 9184 6644 Fax (08) 9184 6863 Email onslowtc bigpond.com Karratha Visitor Centre Lot 4548 Karratha Road Karratha Western Australia 6714 Ph (08) 9144 4600 Email counter pilbaracoast.com Website www.pilbaracoast.com Dive or snorkel off one of the 42 Islan ds in the Skim for Blue Crabs at Cleaverville Beach Dampier Archipelago (November to April) a fantastic natu re based Join a day or sunset cruise or a fishin g charter camping ground Watch the Staircase to the Moon at Hearson Cove Camp on remote islands and spen d the days on certain dates between March and October beachcombing and relaxing (permits maybe Browse local work s or art at Australia s richest required) regional art show the Cossack Art Awar ds Visit the North West Shelf Venture Visitor Centre in August and overlook the gas plant Witness turtle nesting on Wickham s Bells Beach Walk the Jaburara Aboriginal Herit age Walk Trail from October to February at the top of the Karratha Visitor Cent re Relax on the blue clear waters and see dolphins Take a close up and pers onal look at the and whales frolic (Seasonal) Pilba ra Reso urce Tour with exclusive acce ss View the Petroglyphs - ancient Abor iginal rock to Rio Tinto s Parker Point and East engravings - at Deep Gorge Australia s oldest Intercour se Islan d oper ations outdoor Art Gallery Visit Millstream Chichester National Park and Visit Hearson Cove for a relaxing BBQ swim explore its expansive ranges and fresh waterways and walk at low tide on the sand flats including a swim at Python Pool Enjoy the FeNaCING Festival held in August which celebrates the wide range of resources around the Pilbara Four-wheel drive to Withnell Bay and a number of amazing remote fishing and camp ing sites Visit Dampier for a photo with the Pilbara wanderer Red Dog Take a lunch break under the palm s on the The film Red Dog was a huge Dampier foreshore hit at the box office taking more than 21 million and becoming the eighth highest-grossing Australian film of all time. ExPE rI ENCES Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 33 Cossack coastline Roebourne Gaol Montebello Islands Marine Park 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. generally depict anthropomorphic figures fauna including a Thylacine (commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger) 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. Cossack 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. Burrup Peninsula 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 almost a million making it the largest rock site in the world. You can see good examples at Deep Gorge near Hearson Cove Beach within easy walking distance and accessible to all vehicles. Enquire at the Karratha Visitor Centre for safety and seasonal information. The engraved motifs 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 . 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. PAGE 34 www.australiasnorthwest.com Courthouse and Gaol Old Onslow 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 provides four and half star resort accommodation several boutique style bed and breakfasts modern caravan parks and holiday homes. Jarman Islan d Lighthou se is loca ted nea r Cossack and was ope rate d fro m 16 May 1888 unti l 15 May 1985 and is one of the reg ion s mos t sign ifica nt historic land marks. 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 Fishing options abound - from tidal creek s beach fishing or join a deep sea char ter 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 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 Honeymo on Cove Be amazed by thousands of term ite mounds that stand tall to the harsh conditions of the Nort h West Wander along the Onslow Boardwal k for spec tacular sunrises and sunsets Check out the natural phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon from March to October Visit the Goo ds Shed Museum with its vast colle ction of old machinery bottles and mem orabilia 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 beac hcombing ExPErIENCES Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 35 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 Samson Beach Chalets Relax in luxuRY Point Samson Beach Chalets combines the natural beauty of the area with the intimacy privacy and personal touch of a small luxury property. Come and relax in one of our award winning architect designed chalets. We have a range of accommodation from deluxe style self contained chalets to one bedroom ensuite studio chalets. Take it easy in our tranquil surrounds or go for a swim in the pool. You will find the beach tavern and shops all in a minutes walk. 44 Bartley Court Point Samson Ph (08) 9187 0202 www.samsonbeach.com.au 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 and the highest 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 Best Western Karratha Central Apartments Situated in the centre of town consisting of 42 queen studio deluxe rooms including kitchenette and ensuite & 42 one bedroom fully self contained apartments. Complimentary in-house movie channels and wireless internet. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and BBQ coin operated guest laundry and chargeback facilities to local restaurants. 27 Warambie Road Karratha Ph (08) 9143 9888 Email reservations bestwestern.com.au www.karrathacentral.bestwestern.com.au Karratha salt pans 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 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 The Karratha Visitor Centre Rio Tinto Pilbara Resource Tour Karratha and the Pilbara offer unrivalled natural beauty. For those who love being on the water there s boating and fishing tours of the incredible Dampier Archipelago. Inland there are stunning national parks like Millstream Chichester National Park and Karijini just waiting to be explored. And let s not forget Australia s largest outdoor Art Gallery at Deep Gorge 30 000 year old Rock Art. Karratha is the perfect place to get to know the Pilbara. You can day trip to Dampier Point Samson Roebourne Wickham and the historic township of Cossack. A must do while in the Pilbara is our fantastic Rio Tinto Pilbara Resource tour. Departing every Tues Wed & Thurs at 9am returning at 12.30pm. Adults - 49.95 Concession and children 7-15 years - 36.95. Bookings are essential. Ph (08) 9144 4600 Web www.pilbaracoast.com North West Shelf Visitors Centre 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 Project Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 37 93850 Massive industry Hamersley Gorge Karijini National Park PAGE 38 www.australiasnorthwest.com INlANd PIlBArA 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. 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. Newman 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 available early bookings are recommended. Tom Price Visitor Centre Central Road Tom Price Western Australia 6751 Ph (08) 9188 1112 Fax (08) 9189 1441 Email visitor.centre ashburton.wa.gov.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 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. Nullagine Paraburdoo 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. Marble Bar is officially the hottest town in Australia. of most consecutive days of 37.9 degrees celcius (100 degrees Farenheit) or more during a period of 160 days from maximum temperat ures of The town set a world record 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. 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. 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924. Marble Bar ExPErIENCES Park and explore its Visit Millstream Chichester National es and fresh waterways expansive rang River Rodeo See the dust fly at Pannawonica s Robe e of Karijini National Park Explore the ancient landscap es and waterfalls hom e to a series of picturesque gorg unha) in top of Mount Nameless (Jarndunm Drive to the Tom Price for stunning views s at the View the massive mining oper ation Price) or Mt Whaleback Mine Rio Tinto Ore Mine (Tom (Newman) (Marble Bar) Visit the historical Comet Gold Mine undings of Newman from Take in the vast rugged surro s Lake Ophthalmia Radio Hill Lookout or picnic at King ns Pool Dam or Kalga Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 39 Spoil Bank West End Movies POrT HEdlANd Approximately 220 kilometres north of Karratha Port Hedland is a small town with a relaxed lifestyle uncrowded beaches and a growing range of facilities activities and events. It s also renowned for its massive resource industry long trains big ships and salt piles. In addition to being the world s largest bulk commodity export Port Hedland has become an increasingly popular port of call for cruise ships. Whale and turtle watching is a popular activity during certain times of the year and fishing is a rewarding pastime for locals and visitors keen to cast a line. Millstream and Karijini National Parks are within driving distance from the town. Visit Dalgety House and step back in time at this historic pastoral dwelling museum and interpretive centre. View exhibitions that will capture your imagination including works of local indigenous artists at the Courthouse Gallery. Wander through the open air Don Rhodes Mining Museum or 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 fills quickly so advance bookings are strongly recommended. PAGE 40 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 discovering shells or sitting back and enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. 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. Port Hedland Visitor Centre 13 Wedge Street Port Hedland Western Australia 6721 Ph (08) 9173 1711 Email phtbinfo norcom.net.au Tour BHP Billiton port facilities Tour a massive salt mine operation Check out the turtle interpretive loop which features downloadable audio programs abou t turtles and their environment and from October to Marc h observe hundreds of turtles nesting on the local beaches The natural illusion of Staircase to the Moon can be seen on certain dates from the view ing platform On certain days check out the West End markets featuring local arts crafts and cuisine From the traditional to the avant-gar de take a night out at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre Time your visit to catch a film unde r the stars from a deckchair at the West End Movies Cool the kids down at the local wate r park Enjoy the harbour at sunset the close st vantage point in Australia to observe the moveme nt of massive ore-carriers and salt ships passing throu gh Explore the West End the historic and cultural hear t of Port Hedland Trace Port Hedland s rich indigenou s and early European history by following the Cultu ral and Heritage Trail Browse through the Cour thouse Galle ry Enjoy a refreshing dip at Prett y Pool or wander the tidal flats at this stunning location Visit the Cape Keraudren Coastal Rese rve a haven for marine and terrestrial animals Experience the magnificent sunsets and go fishing on Eight y Mile Beach ExPErIENCES Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 41 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. We cater for all types of accommodation needs from Deluxe Chalets to powered sites for vans buses and even 5th Wheelers right across to camping out under the stars on grassed sites under the canopy of our beautiful trees. Our office can supply information on the local services surrounds tour bookings maps and you will find our friendly team is totally dedicated to providing you with excellent service enabling you to enjoy your stay. Ph (08) 9189 1515 Email tompricetouristpark westnet.com.au www.tompricetouristpark.com.au 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 PAGE 42 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 aspenparks.com.au 1704 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 Eighty Mile Beach Australia s North West Pilbara PAGE 43 WElCOME TO THE KIMBErlEy PAGE 44 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 was recently awarded Best Dream Destination and Best Adventure Holiday Destination by readers of Australian Traveller. The warm and dry winter months of the Kimberley provide a perfect environment for those seeking a holiday adventure in the Australian outdoors. Fishermen chasing the legendary barramundi will be captivated by the wild pristine rivers. Wildlife enthusiasts will discover 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. Kimberley Perth Kimberley PAGE 45 Australia s North West 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. PAGE 46 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 Geikie Gorge National Park 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 145 kilometres from Derby accessible by sealed then unsealed roads. Four-wheel drive is recommended. The road can be closed from December to March due to rainfall. 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 Broome and Fitzroy Crossing. 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 water and toilets. Access is restricted during summer months when the Fitzroy River is in flood. 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 value. The park is of extreme biological importance with a high degree of flora and fauna specific to 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. 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. Make sure you take a torch wear shoes that can get wet and be prepared to get a little wet as you explore this ancient wonderland. Access to Tunnel Creek is via the unsealed Fairfield Road. Four-wheel drive is recommended for this route. Tunnel Creek is approximately 30 kilometres from Windjana Gorge or 115 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. 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. 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 or treated. Alternatively several tour operators offer bush-camp experiences with safari cabin accommodation helicopter flights and guided tours. Purnululu National Park is open from April until December (weather permitting). It s accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles only via 53 kilometres of unsealed road following 250 kilometres of sealed road from Kununurra or 109 kilometres of sealed road from Halls Creek. Alternatively daily scenic flights depart from Kununurra and Halls Creek. Australia s North West Wolfe Creek Crater National Park The Wolfe Creek Meteorite Cater is the second largest crater in the world over 880 metres wide and 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. Kimberley PAGE 47 Cape Bougainville Cape Talbot Cape Londonderry Admiralty Kalumburu Bonaparte Gulf Joseph INDIAN Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road West Kimberley Route Scenic Flight East Kimberley Route 0 20 40 60 80 OCEAN Ar ch la ipe go Montague Sound Gulf Bigge Is. Prince Frederick Harb. Mitchell Falls N Bo na pa rte Mitchell River Nat. Pk. Mitchell Plateau Drysdale River National Park Cambridge Gulf 100 Camden Sound Prince Regent Nature Reserve Drysdale River RIV Wyndham Home Valley ER Scale in Kilometres Kununurra V IC Buccaneer Archipelago Keep River National Park R TO IA El Questro RD Lombadina One Arm Point Horizontal Falls Roebuck Roadhouse Gantheaume Pt. E GR AT GREAT GIBB Tunnel Creek Nat. Pk. NORTHERN Willare Bridge Roadhouse BUN TIN E HWY Broome Roebuck Bay HWY Fitzroy Crossing tm ris Ch Geikie Gorge National Park Halls Creek DUNCAN ee k RD Wave Hill Katherine Derby Windjana Gorge Nat. Pk. Imintji Store RT HE RN Beagle Bay King Sound Mount Hart RIV ER Warmun Mornington Wilderness Camp Bungle Bungles Purnululu National Park NO TERRITORY W.A. - N.T. BORDER DUNCAN Charnley Roadhouse River Mt. Barnett RD HWY Kooljaman Resort Cape Leveque Mt. Elizabeth Argyle Diamond Mine RD Collier Bay Gibb River Doon Doon Roadhouse Lake Argyle Timber Creek Katherine Cockatoo I Koolan I Doubtful Bay GIBB Lake Argyle Village HWY RT NO HWY Cr ee Cr To Pilbara Lake Argyle near Kununurra GR C Copyright Australia s North West Wolf Creek Crater Nat. Park EAT Stu rt PAGE 48 www.australiasnorthwest.com NORTHERN HE RN Windjana Gorge National Park as k 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 run by the Broome Historical Society. 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 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 cold drink as the sun sets into 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. Visit a coastal eco retreat south of Broome. Go snorkelling fishing whale watching 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 and taste 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 home to 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 fixed-wing 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. 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 Lake Argyle and Kununurra. See a plethora of native flora and fauna have a swim in the clear fresh water. 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 estimated at 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. 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 tour 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. Experience a scenic flight over the Mitchell Plateau stay at a coastal 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 its own rum. Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 49 PAGE 50 www.australiasnorthwest.com BrOOME Once a sleepy outback pearling town Broome has grown to accommodate its many visitors without losing its relaxed atmosphere and unique character. The town is surrounded by water with the world famous Cable Beach to the West and the pristine waters of Roebuck Bay to the East and South. This gateway town to the West Kimberley has a fascinating pearling history. An exotic blend of Malay Chinese Japanese Filipino European and Aboriginal cultures came together in Broome in the early 1870s to work the pearl luggers in search of pearl shell. This multiculturalism remains today and is celebrated during the annual Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl . Evidence of the past can be seen around the town including restored pearling luggers bronze statues honouring pearling pioneers and the hard hat diver Sun Pictures the world s oldest operating picture gardens in the world and heritage buildings such as Matso s Broome Brewery McAlpine House and Captain Gregory s House. Many of the Pearling Masters houses remain retaining the Broome style lattice work white corrugated iron and distinctive red and green paintwork. These colours were used as the undercoat on the luggers and leftover paint was used to paint the houses and buildings. Broome proudly produces the world s finest pearls. Take a wander through one of the many pearl jewellery showrooms and visit art galleries and photographers studios selling their stunning images. Broome s natural environment draws visitors from all over the world. The amazing turquoise waters and the intensely coloured red earth leave an indelible impression and continue to inspire artists and photographers from around the globe. Roebuck Bay is a haven for thousands of migratory birds and is one of the richest areas of verified dinosaur tracks. The Staircase to the Moon is an amazing natural illusion that can be viewed across Roebuck Bay from March to October. Cable Beach is a 22 kilometre stretch of white sand named after the telegraph cable linking Broome to the rest of the world in 1889 and is perfect for an early morning walk or to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. A compact town to explore attractions are never more than a 15 minute drive away. Chinatown is easily navigated by foot and there is also a local bus service. Whether you are after a luxurious break a family holiday or a camping trip Broome has a wide range of accommodation and attractions to suit. Broome Visitor Centre 1 Hamersley Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 2200 Email enquiries broomevisitorcentre.com.au Website www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au 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 and shop at the pearl showrooms retail outlets and enjoy a break at the sidewalk caf s Take a sunset cruise along Cable Beac h on a restored pearl lugger Enjoy a leisurely camel ride along Cable Beach Sit back in a deck chair at the olde st 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 at certain times during the year Meander through the famous Cour thouse Markets on a Saturday morning. The markets also operate on Sundays during peak season Reflect on the dangers of the early days of hard-hat diving at the Japanese Cemetery Venture out to the Broome Bird Obse rvatory 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 grass ed 18-hole course Browse through the many contemp orary & Indigenous art galleries View some of the largest crocodiles in captivity and other native Australian animals ExPErIENCES Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 51 The multi award winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm provides visitors a unique insight into the modern cultured pearling process and an opportunity to purchase from a stunning array of classic pearl jewellery. Cruise the stunning creek by boat or take to the air for a personal helicopter tour before relaxing at our cafe overlooking the beautiful waters of Willie Creek. COACH PICK UP Adults 95.00 Concession 80.00 Children (6-16) 50.00 Children 5 and under Free Family (2 2) 240.00 Self Drive options also available Willie Creek Pearl Farm The multi-award winning See pearls in the making...take home a piece of Broome. Learn of the perils of the deep and experience first hand what made the pearl diver s life so hazardous and what drove so many to put their lives at risk. This unique 1 hour guided tour offers the opportunity to take a close-up look at two of Broome s last remaining wooden pearling luggers. Taste the exclusive pearl meat from the pearl oyster and view artefacts from the early perilous days of deep sea pearl diving. PRICES Adults Concession Children (6-16) Children 5 and under Family (2 2) 20.00 16.50 10.00 Free 50.00 TOURS PRICES Adults Concession Children (6-16) Children 5 and under Family (2 2) 55.00 50.00 25.00 Free 125.00 BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS Receive 10% Discount 15.00 Willie Creek Pearl Farm BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS Receive 15% Discount 7.50 Willie Creek Pearl Farm 25.50 Willie Creek Pearl Farm 11.00 BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS BROOME SIGHTSEEING TOURS TOURS TOURS TOURS 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 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 www.matsos.com.au facebook.com Matsosbeer https www.facebook.com shinjum atsurifestival ref ts&fref ts PAGE 54 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 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 Purely Unreal KDAT Kimberley Dreamtime Adventure Tours Come with us on a One Day Adventure Tour to Mount Anderson or book in for our exciting 3 Day Cultural Tour at the new Kimberley Dreamtime Bush Retreat. This tour includes all activities meals and transfers. Stay in an ensuited safari tent bush cabin or in a comfy swag under a beautiful Kimberley starry night. Interact with our Indigenous guides and share in their culture as they teach you about bush tucker medicine and hunting skills. 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 Email info kdat.com.au www.kimberleydreamtimeadventures.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 55 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 or explore the thousand islands on one of our award winning boat tours. Take a sunset cruise around the pristine waters of the bay or sail to the Horizontal Waterfalls on our catamaran Escapade . 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PO Box 116 Derby Western Australia Mobile 0427 770 825 Email unreel wn.com.au Web www.unreeladventures.com 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 fishing in Broome. Phone 0400 089 860 or email fishbroome iinet.net.au to book your trip Barraddict Sportfishing Charters Exclusive small group fishing tours Come and experience Barraddict Sport Fishing Charters one of the Kimberley s best kept secrets. Exclusive small group tours aboard the custom built 6.4 metre charter boat Barraddict will allow you to enjoy the awesome fishing abundant mud crabs and the spectacular scenery - including whales - along the Kimberley Coast. Join our expert Indigenous Guide for some creek or ocean fishing. From April to January tours depart from Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat. Go on an ocean and creek fishing tour to some of the best spots or for something different go on a guided walk creek fishing tour. From January - March tours leave from Derby Boat Ramp. Take a mud crabbing charter or go on an action packed full day fishing and mud crabbing combo and catch prized fish and tasty crabs. Custom charters can also be arranged from January - March departing from different destinations. Ph 0407 911 348 Email barraddict gmail.com www.barraddictsportfishing.com.au PAGE 56 www.australiasnorthwest.com Kimberley Wilderness Adventures L AL PS llers SM OU rave R T G 20 M ax . 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GuaraNteed INcLuSIoNS 2 nights at APT s EXCLUSIVE Wilderness Lodges Boab prison tree Windjana Gorge Journey the Gibb River Road Discover gorges and ancient artwork Cruise Geiki Gorge Hike amongst the Bungle Domes Purnululu National Park Cathedral Gorge & Echidna Chasm 13 meals order your free brochure & dvd today www.kimberleywilderness.com.au or see your local travel agent Call 1800 240 504 Conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share. Prices are correct as at 2 October 2012 for departures in 2013 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges fees taxes or exchange rates. Subject to availability. A non-refundable deposit of 200 per person for GKC13 & GBR5 3 000 per person for GKBCS27R cruise is due within 7 days. Final Payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Credit card payments may incur surcharge. See APT s Kimberley Wilderness Adventures 2013 brochures for list of itineraries and savings available. Guaranteed private en-suite excludes the 5 Day Cape Leveque West Kimberley GP5G (not advertised). Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT10913 Wandjina Tours Unique rock art and stunning coastal landscapes Come and experience our guided Aboriginal Cultural Tours in the ancestral country of the Worrorra people in the Northern Kimberley of Western Australia. You can wonder at the remarkable Wandjina rock paintings at Raft Point or our Cyclone Cave or see the stone warriors of Langgi. Spend time with local Wandjina artists and watch them create their paintings talk with them about their culture and the importance of their art in their everyday lives. Our tours are available as single day trips through various coastal cruise tour operators or multiple day cultural immersions tours. Multi day tours commence with an exciting float plane flight over the spectacular Kimberley Coast to Freshwater Cove. Freshwater Cove West Kimberley via Broome or Derby Ph (08) 9193 6836 Fax (08) 9193 5992 Freecall 1800 11 11 63 www.wandjinatours.com.au ABSOLUTE OCEAN CHARTERS The ocean is yours aboard AOC Absolute Ocean Charters offer Reef fishing trips catching a variety of quality table fish and great fighting sport fish Creek fishing charters are available throughout the year chasing the elusive Barramundi and even a Mud Crab or two AOC also offer Whale Watching tours in season 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 or fishing. Our fully trained helpful staff is 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. 0427 798 155 info absoluteoceancharters.com.au absoluteoceancharters.com.au Diversity Charter Co. Diversity offers Kimberley wilderness cruises from 7 to 14 nights. With only 12 guests per cruise you will travel in style and comfort aboard our 20m vessel Diversity II while your days are filled with multiple daily excursions. Our experienced skipper and crew will show you the unparalleled beauty of this incredible coast. PO Box 8464 Broome WA 6725 Ph 08 9192 6407 Mobile 0429 926407 E info diversitycharters.com.au www.diversitycharters.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 Intombi 1903 Broome s Pearling 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 as the sun sets. Courtesy air-conditioned transfers. Private charters available. PO Box 5780 Cable Beach 6726 Ph (08) 9192 7321 www.broomelugger.com PAGE 58 www.australiasnorthwest.com Broome Camel Safaris Broome s most popular Camel Ride. Relax as you ride along Cable Beach enjoying images of the camels reflected on the wet sands. Watch the sky change from blue to orange pink and purple as the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean. Meet Alison Bird Broome s most respected camel operator who worked and trekked in the Australian Outback with these amazing animals. Learn about the camels nature and contribution to Australia s history. Thank your camel with a carrot after the Sunset ride provided by Broome Camel Safaris. Professional photography also available. Ph 0419 916 101 www.broomecamelsafaris.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. Scenic flights throughout the Kimberley including Cape Leveque Geike Gorge the Bungle Bungles and Mitchell Falls. 9 Gus Winckel Rd Broome Inernational Airport WA 6725 Ph (08) 9193 7155 Email info kingleopoldair.com.au www.kingleopoldair.com.au Kimberley Wild Day Tours Short Breaks & Overnight Adventures Experience the Kimberley including Cape Leveque with WA s award-winning Best Tour Operator . Kimberley Wild travellers join small diverse groups in comfortable custom-built 4WD vehicles to explore the region s highlights discover some of its secrets enjoy a taste of indigenous culture and stay at our exclusive Bungle Bungles Safari Camp. Ph 1300 73 88 70 Email sales kimberleywild.com.au www.kimberleywild.com.au 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 Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 59 Blue Seas Resort Stroll down Sanctuary Road to the clear white sands of Cable Beach. Enjoy shopping for pearls al fresco dining live music local wildlife or a tempting array of water based activities all within walking distance. Luxurious and fully appointed Blue Seas apartments are classic expressions of style. All are fully self contained and feature your own verandah or balcony overlooking the crystal clear waters of one of our two inviting pools. 1 04 13 - 31 05 13 245.00 pn ( 225.00 pn for 3 nights or more) 1 06 13 - 31 10 13 305.00 pn ( 275.00 pn for 3 nights or more) 1 11 13 - 31 3 14 195.00 pn ( 170.00 pn for 3 nights or more) (Minimum 3 night reservation for school holidays). 10 Sanctuary Rd Cable Beach PO Box 1376 Broome WA 6725 Ph (08) 9192 0999 Fax (08) 9192 1900 Tollfree 1800 637 415 Email info blueseasresort.com.au CABLE BEACH BROOME Website www.blueseasresort.com.au 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 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 self-contained Pearler s cottages escape to our stylish safari tents with en suite or stay aboard your own private yacht Escapade . Our talented chefs are waiting to cater for you at our bistro and licensed caf or you can self-cater. Safari Style tentS from 150 (twin Share) Self-contained cottageS from 220 (twin Share) (08) 9192 4283 reception cygnetbaypearls.com.au www.cygnetbaypearls.com.au PAGE 60 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 13 - 31 05 13 Garden View Studio 349 Classic Bungalow 599 Villa 1 104 Rates include complimentary return Broome Airport Transfers. 1 06 13 - 13 10 13 389 683 1 220 14 10 13 - 31 03 14 259 504 999 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 https www.facebook.com pinctadacablebeach fref ts Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 61 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 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 12 to 31 Mar 13 1 Bedroom Suite 223 1 Bedroom Bayview Suite 251 2 Bedroom Suite 304 2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite 381 1 Apr 13 to 31 Oct 13 1 Nov 13 to 31 Mar 14 289 233 320 261 405 304 486 381 Carnarvon Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 5200 or Tollfree 1800 818 878 Fax (08) 9193 7999 www.kimberleyaccommodation.com.au 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 PAGE 62 www.australiasnorthwest.com Beaches of Broome Spend a few nights not a fortune.... that s our motto Located 250m from the famous Cable Beach Broome s award winning budget resort is stylish and contemporary 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 NOW THERE ARE TWO OAKS WAYS TO ENJOY BROOME AND CABLE BEACH OAKS CABLE BEACH SANCTUARY 1300 880 861 1300 822 010 OAKS BROOME Choose from Oaks Broome or Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary. Providing centrally located contemporary self contained accommodation options from hotel to 3 bedrooms. Close to facilities with pools restaurant bar and meeting facilities ideal for business or leisure travellers. oakshotelsresorts.com sorts.com OAK1003 12 R AT E S F O R T H E R E A L W O R L D ED 6367 125x190 NW holiday planner ad_Layout 1 22 11 12 2 14 PM Page 1 Fishing g Kayakin assage Yoga M lks Bush wa & more one of the world s most remarkable destinati 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 lateralaspect.ed6367b class of a resort whilst absorbing yourself in the amazing natural surrounds. For more information or to book your stay - visit our website. www.ecobeach.com.au 08 9193 8015 broome wa The Mangrove Resort Hotel Accommodation Bar Conferences Weddings Live Entertainment The Mangrove Resort Hotel overlooks Roebuck Bay and is only a few minutes stroll to Chinatown the heart of Broome. The Resort s remarkable location is complimented by its accommodation and bar facilities and friendly staff The Hotel boasts two swimming pools lush tropical gardens a Breakfast Restaurant Palms Bar and Tides outdoor Bar a luggage storage area a Tour desk and so much more All rooms are air conditioned have TV s telephones small fridge hair dryer iron Tea Coffee facilities and a guests laundry service. Bonus offer Stay 4 nights pay for 3 Or stay 7 nights and only pay for 5 Offer available 1.11.2013 31.03.2014. 47 Carnarvon Street Broome Ph (08) 9192 1303 Free Call 1800 094 818 www.mangrovehotel.com.au Roebuck Bay Caravan Park Located right on Town Beach Roebuck Bay Closest to Broome township 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 Van On Site Van p day p week (1 or 2 persons) January 1 March 31 April 1 May 31 June 1 August 31 September 1 October 13 October 14 March 31 2014 33 40 43 40 35 206 260 288 260 228 15 15 15 15 15 75 83 90 83 75 395 455 540 495 395 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). PAGE 64 www.australiasnorthwest.com Nestled amongst lush tropical gardens just 300m from spectacular Cable Beach. Seashells offers a selection of 1 2 or 3 bedroom fully self-contained apartments & bungalows. A perfect getaway for families or couples. Visit www.seashells.com.au or call 1800 800 850 for some great holiday deals 2213 Seashells ANW Ad.indd 1 18 09 12 11 04 AM 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. 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. Weld Street Broome Ph (08) 9195 5900 Email H1817-re accor.com www.mercure.com.au 6 Sanctuary Rd Cable Beach Broome WA Ph (08) 9194 1000 www.cocosbeachbungalows.com Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 65 Beagle Bay Church Cape Leveque PAGE 66 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 bush medicine. The focus on sharing culture involves 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 luxury 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. The peninsula is also home to Australia s oldest operating pearl farm. 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. Broome Visitor Centre Broome Visitor Centre 1 Hamersley Street 1 Hamersley Street Broome Western Australia 6725 Broome Western Australia 6725 Ph (08) 9195 2200 Ph (08) 9195 2200 Email enquiries broomevisitorcentre.com.au Email enquiries broomevisitorcentre.com.au Website www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au Website www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au ExPErIENCES swim or go Take a stroll on a secluded beach rs snorkelling in the sparkling wate t Church with its Call in to Beagle Bay s Sacred Hear beautiful pearl shell altar orary lifest yle with Share stories of history and contemp local Aboriginal guides and enjoy the view Settle into a comfortable safari tent overlooking the Indian Ocean boat or hire your Spend the day fishing on a charter own dinghy Visit the Lombadina Mission the beach Spot whales turtles or dugongs off guide and enjoy feasting Go mud crabbing with a local on your catch giant tides standing Experience the amazing force of the s of King Sound near Cygnet Bay waves and whirlpool Enjoy a stunning beach sunset aneer Archipelago and Book a scenic flight over the Bucc the Horizontal Waterfalls Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 67 Brian Lee Tagalong Tours Specialising in Hunter s Creek Cultural Tours Follow Brian down to the banks of Hunter s Creek. Along the way learn some fascinating history and hear stories of the colourful characters who started white settlement on the Peninsula. Taste seasonal bush fruit and hear the ancient stories of the Bardi people who once walked this timeless landscape. Down at the creek the fun really starts You will learn traditional fishing and crabbing methods and try your hand at catching lunch. The tour concludes under a shady tree where you can cook up your catch Bardi style on an open fire. Hunter s Creek Cultural Tours depart from Kooljaman Wilderness Resort at Cape Leveque on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula at 8.30am most mornings. The tour takes between 4 and 5 hours and your own 4WD vehicle is essential. Brian is also available to take personalised tours of the Peninsula and these can be arranged to suit your specific interests. Ph (08) 9192 4970 Email reservations kooljaman.com.au www.kooljaman.com.au Bundy s Cultural Tours Including NEW night fishing tours Join Bardi custodian Bundy on a bush tucker walking tour and discover the use for many of the native plants around Cape Leveque. Take one of his coastal tours and witness how the local Bardi people use a native plant to stun fish. Want to make a spear or a boomerang Bundy can teach you this ancient craft on his spear making tour. Bundy s Cultural Tours operate daily from Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. Bookings (08) 9192 4970 Fax (08) 9192 4978 Email reservations kooljaman.com.au www.kooljaman.com.au Bundy s CUL TURAL TOURS Visit the only operational pearl farm open to the public only 15km from Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. Accommodation pearl farm and scenic boat tours boat hire caf and restaurant. Loose pearl and jewellery sales direct from the farm. Enquiries (08) 9192 4283 reception cygnetbaypearls.com.au rm stralia s oldest pearl fa Au www.cygnetbaypearls.com.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 PAGE 68 www.australiasnorthwest.com Lombadina Listed as one of Australia s 10 great indigenous cultural experiences by Travel Australia and set in a tranquil garden setting Lombadina is a remote untouched paradise and a window to the rich culture and lifestyle of the northern coastal Bardi people. Located at the northern end of Dampier Peninsula renowned for its white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters Lombadina is a thriving Aboriginal community. The community operates a tourism business providing serviced accommodation for visitors cultural tours kayaking and snorkeling mud crabbing and boating charters. Facilities include fuel a general store and a craft and souvenir shop where you can purchase traditional and contemporary art and craft made by local artisans. You can stay at a range of air conditioned accommodation including deluxe apartments cabins and single quarters. Day passes to visit the community and beaches are also available. Lombadina Aboriginal Community Cape Leveque Road Dampier Peninsula Ph (08) 9192 4936 Email lomboreception westnet.com.au www.lombadina.com Mercedes Cove Exclusive coastal retreat Come and relax in an exclusive retreat located on Pender Bay in a National Heritage listed area on the Dampier Peninsula 150kms north of Broome. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean and your own private beach to swim fish and watch passing whales. Watch the sun set behind ancient Chimney Rocks or visit the beautiful shell church of Beagle Bay - a short drive away. This small Aboriginal family owned retreat offers a perfect escape and chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful and remote Dampier Peninsula. With only minimal guests at any one time you can be assured of a stress free stay. Guests can stay in either eco-tents or cabins all fully equipped. Bookings are essential. Middle Lagoon Road via Cape Leveque Road Dampier Peninsula Ph (08) 9192 4687 Email mercedescove bigpond.com www.mercedescove.com.au 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 log 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 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 reservations kooljaman.com.au www.kooljaman.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 69 Buccaneer Archipelago PAGE 70 www.australiasnorthwest.com Derby Wharf 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 tidal variation in Australia reaching up to 11 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. Derby has a vibrant cultural heritage waiting to be explored. Visitors can be led on an historical journey by visiting the Wharfinger House Museum and Woolshed. Derby is the closest point to the magnificent islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago accessible by light aircraft or boat cruise. The Archipelago is made up 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 bed and breakfast and hotel motels. 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 Gaol and the Pioneer Cemetery Visit the Boab Prison Tree adjacent to historic Myall s Bore and cattle trough Step back in time at the Wharfing er House Museum Follow the Derby Pastoral Trail from One Mile Dinner Tree to the Derby Wharf Take a leisurely stroll along the Joon joo Botanical Trail and learn about the local flora and how it was used by the Nyik ina people Check out the mosaic floor of the Centenar y Pavilion Have a round of golf at The Boab s Derby Golf Course Enjoy the sunset from the jetty or take an evening walk on the tidal flats Take a day tour to Windjana Gorg e and Tunnel Creek National Parks ExPErIENCES The Boab has become an icon in Derby. Larger preserve d and a local festival this unusual looking tree. has been named after specimen s have been 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 Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 71 Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Suggested Route N 0 20 40 60 80 100 Kalumburu Scale in Kilometres INDIAN OCEAN Mitchell Falls Mitchell River Nat. Pk. Drysdale River National Park Prince Regent Nature Reserve Drysdale River RIV GIBB Wyndham Home Valley ER Kununurra Lake Argyle Village Lake Argyle VIC Keep River National Park 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 TH ER N Roebuck Roadhouse GR EA T GREAT GIBB Tunnel Creek Nat. Pk. NORTHERN Willare Bridge Roadhouse BUN TIN E HWY Broome HWY Fitzroy Crossing Ch ris tm Geikie Gorge National Park Halls Creek DUNCAN ee k RD RT NO HWY Cr ee Cr EAT C To Pilbara Copyright Australia s North West GR Wolf Creek Crater Nat. Park Stu rt PAGE 72 www.australiasnorthwest.com NORTHERN HE RN Wave Hill Katherine Derby Windjana Gorge Nat. Pk. Imintji Store Mornington Wilderness Camp 4WD Bungle Bungles Purnululu National Park NO R 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 as k 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 constructed 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 takes in spectacular scenery with many gorges waterfalls and rivers along its length including Bell Gorge Windjana Gorge Tunnel Creek and the Pentecost River El Questro area. Allow yourself time to explore at your own pace 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 extremely remote part of the Kimberley with very limited fuel food water medical and camping facilities available. If you intend visiting Kalumburu Mission you will need a permit which can be obtained from the Department of Indigenous Affairs or go to www.dia.wa.gov.au. Once you arrive in Kalumburu another permit is required from the local Community. 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. The best time to travel the Gibb River Road is between May and September as these roads are generally closed between December and March when the rains come. Access to Station Stays and attractions generally commence mid April and close mid October. 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 GIBB rIVEr rOAd SElF drIVE ITINErAry The Gibb River Road is one of Australia s classic outback drives a 660 kilometre track accessible between April to November weather dependent. Derby - Windjana National Park 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 (NOTE Mornington Wilderness Camp is a minimum two night stay) 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 remnant 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. A wide variety of accommodation options are available at El Questro Wilderness Park. 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. Spend some time exploring Dimond Gorge and Sir John Gorge on the upper reaches of the Fitzroy River at Mornington Wilderness Camp canoeing on the gorges is an option. Stay in ensuite 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 Manning Gorge Stop for a dip at Galvan s Gorge. Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one or two nights. Enjoy a bushwalk to Manning Falls. Manning Gorge Mt Elizabeth Station Visit Barnett River Gorge en route. Enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property. Look out for Aboriginal art 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. Stay at Drysdale River Station in cabin style accommodation or camp in the station campground. If you continue your journey to the National Park the attractions include Mitchell and Mertens Falls Surveyors Pool Mitchell and King Edward rivers as well as many Indigenous art sites. Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 73 Wilderness Lodges For self-drive travellers APT s wilderness lodges are perfectly located to access the Kimberley s most spectacular and remote regions whilst staying in complete comfort. EXCLUSIVE Largest network of strategically located wilderness lodges in the Kimberley o r St AV M A E o or y 5 1 ur E n 0 % lo At igh dg An tS ES y o f S including Bungle Bungles Mitchell Falls Bell Gorge Mt Hart Homestead and Hawk Dreaming (Kakadu) Guaranteed Private Ensuites at every Wilderness Lodge Stays include a hearty breakfast three-course dinner & all lodges are fully licensed Voted Best Domestic Tour Operator at the 2012 National Tourism Industry Awards Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge Call 1800 240 504 www.kimberleywilderness.com.au Conditions apply. Hawk Dreaming Lodge in Kakadu is not licenced to sell alcohol. Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT10914 Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge ADVENTURE WILD OUTBACK TOUR SPECIALISTS T Premium Camping Tours of The Kimberley J G A R R Q . . ti B B Price includes all food park entry and camping fees. . . . . . . 12 Day Kimberley Explorer Package (from Broome to Broome) - 2950.00 www.adventurewild.com.au Freecall 1800 359 008 . Casey Australia Tours Touring Australia s North West Since 1973 With a range of fantastic holiday experiences Casey Australia Tours lead the way in fully inclusive coach travel specialising in Remote Outback Australia. 14 Day Gibb River Road Lake Argyle and Bungles Optional Scenic Flights over Mitchell Falls Bungles & Lake Argyle. 20 Day Western Half Tour Cruise Geikie Gorge Lake Argyle & Kakadu. 5 Day Kununurra in The Wet An perspective of the North West not to be missed. Casey Tours operate tours all over Australia from 1 to 20 day itineraries in 26 seat 4WD coaches and 48 seat coaches motel or camping. Family run company with 40 years experience. Free call 1800 999 677 Email res caseytours.com.au www.caseytours.com.au Sacred Earth Safaris Sacred Earth Safaris offer all-inclusive small group 4WD Safaris through the Kimberley and Top End. With a maximum of 9 passengers travel in a purpose-built comfortable 4WD with a knowledgeable local guide. Scheduled and private tours are available from Broome Darwin and Kununurra. We re owner operated and love what we do. We d love to show you GPO Box 2216 Darwin NT 0801 Ph (08) 8555 3838 Email info sacredearthsafaris.com.au www.sacredearthsafaris.com.au PAGE 74 www.australiasnorthwest.com Explore the other 999 999 acres of The Kimberley El Questro Experiences barramundi fishing horse trekking scenic helicopter fl ights 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 Bungalows and camping or the Emma Gorge tented cabins. Phone 1300 233 32 www.elquestro.com.au 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 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 flat 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 finest 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 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 Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 75 Geikie Gorge Purnululu National Park 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 river it is the oldest established hotel in the Kimberley region. Fitzroy Crossing is a great base to explore Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge National Parks. Tunnel Creek located 115km from Fitzroy Crossing is Western Australia s oldest cave system part of the 350 million year old Devonian Reef system. The 750 metre tunnel is home to bats and stalactites and was used as a hideout late last century by the Aboriginal Jandamarra whose story is both moving and tragic of a man caught between two cultures and is gaining a notoriety that rivals that of the Kelly Gang in Victoria. Located 150 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing the 7km gorge walk of Windjana Gorge takes you along the gorge and back along the course of the Lennard River. Fitzroy Crossing is also the gateway to Geikie Gorge where the floodwaters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30 metre deep gorge through the limestone junction of the Oscar and Geikie Ranges. Geikie Gorge is the habitat of freshwater crocodiles the rare leichhardt s sawfish and Coach Whip stingray. A stunning place to really appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. The river becomes a series of pools in the dry season allowing you a closer look at the fruit bats corellas and freshwater crocodiles. Boat and guided tours also offer an excellent insight into the Aboriginal culture of these areas including the spectacular network of Mimbi Caves 90 kilometres east of Fitzroy. Accommodation options in Fitzroy Crossing include studios safari lodges motel rooms caravan and camping facilities. ExPErIENCES PAGE 76 www.australiasnorthwest.com l Park cruise the river with Visit Geikie Gorge Nationa Aboriginal Guides riginal guides to Enjoy a guided tour by Abo includes a Caves or Tunnel Creek which Mimbi y traditional smoking ceremon mighty Fitzroy river to Find a good spot along the fish for barramundi tre to see local artists at work Visit an Aboriginal arts cen seway crossing in Old Town Drive or walk across the cau ng arts and craf ts ever y Visit the local markets selli from April to September second Sunday morning 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 Great Northern Highway Caroline Pool near Halls Creek HAllS CrEEK Named after the prospector Charlie Hall who found a gold nugget weighing almost 1 kilogram on Christmas Day in 1885 Halls Creek sits on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert. While the land has been occupied by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as the site of western Australia s first gold discovery more than 15 000 people were drawn to what is now known as Old Halls Creek to try their luck at prospecting. While the town s gold rush lasted a mere three months it became a trading centre for cattle stations aboriginal communities and miners. An airfield was built in 1948 and the town was relocated over the next decade nearer this site. Halls Creek became the last stop before stock drovers commenced the long cattle drive along the Canning Stock Route. The old town was completely abandoned in 1954 and Halls Creek is now a busy service town for surrounding pastoralists Aboriginal communities and travellers. Halls Creek is a gateway to natural attractions including the striking formation of the white quartz China Wall the orange and black striped domes of the Purnululu National Park Bungle Bungle Range and the dramatic impression of the Wolfe Creek Crater formed 300 000 years ago when a meteorite crashed to earth. Accommodation options include a hotel lodge and caravan park. Although it has long been who called it Kandimala l known to Aborigina l people the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater was only discovere d by European s in 1947 during an aerial survey. 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 Watch the sunset from the Moola Bulla lookout located a few kilometres out of town Learn more about Halls Creek histo ry by following the series of decorated hand crafted woo den totems on a self- guided Halls Creek Town Walk Take a scenic flight over the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park Bungle Bung le Range Visit Wolfe Creek Crater the second largest meteorite crater in the world View the China Wall a sub-vertical quar tz 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 fishin g at Sawpit Gorge Visit Old Halls Creek 16 kilometres along a gravel road from the Great Northern Highway home to the first gold discovery in WA in 1885 ExPErIENCES Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 77 Bungoolee Tours Tours of Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge Join your Bunuba guide on a 2 hour tour through Tunnel Creek the spiritual home of Jandamarra a water worn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range. Be inspired by this landscape of immense environmental and cultural heritage. Explore the creek system view ancient rock art and relive the life of Jandamarra a moving & tragic story of a man between two cultures. Take part in a traditional smoking ceremony and feel Tunnel Creek s spiritual significance. Relax with your Bunuba host as he invites you to see our country Miluwa Narragee Moyee . Personalised Tag a Long Tours can also be arranged for periods from 1 to 3 days staying at Biridu Base Camp on Leopold Downs Station (including Windjana Gorge on request). Tours at Tunnel Creek run Tues Weds & Thurs . Prices 60 adults 45 pensioners and 20 children (u 5 s free). Ph (08) 9191 5355 Email fxtourism sdwk.wa.gov.au www.bungoolee.com.au Girloorloo Tours Mimbi Caves - the best kept secret in the Kimberley The Mimbi Cave system is a series of spectacular cave networks carved through the ancient Devonian reef system. You will see breathtaking speleotherms or active growing limestone formations. There are also beautiful shawls and flowstones some with sparkling crystals. Over a 2.5 hour tour your Indigenous guide will take you on a journey through cool limestone caves to discover the ancient 400 million-year-old Devonian reef system as well as the 40 000 year-old culture of the local Gooniyandi people. View rock art & artefacts and learn about bush tucker you might even hear some Kimberley music Mimbi Caves is located on Great Highway between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. Tours run Tuesday to Saturdays. Bookings (08) 9191 5355 Fax (08) 9191 5085 Email fxtourism sdwk.wa.gov.au 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 78 www.australiasnorthwest.com Kimberley Hotel The 4 Star Kimberley Hotel is cool elegant and tranquil yet still retains much of the frontier character of Old Halls Creek. 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 1 Bedroom Apartment 2 Bedroom Apartment 01 Apr 12 to 31 Mar 13 190 230 310 350 430 01 Apr 13 to 31 Mar 13 219 250 340 365 430 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 Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 79 Black Rock Falls Ord River produce PAGE 80 www.australiasnorthwest.com Kununurra is located on the banks of one of the Kimberley s major waterways - the Ord River - and 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 and your gateway to the Gibb River Road. 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 diamond mining and a host of great holiday experiences. Kununurra offers a wide range of accommodation including caravan parks hotel motels resorts backpackers B&B 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 KuNuNurrA 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 try abseiling or test your horsemanship on a cattle muster. Check out Western Australia s oldest continually operating rum distillery visit one of the many Indigenous and contemporary art galleries or just relax after a big day fishing for barramundi. Kununurra Visitor Centre East Kimberley Tourism House Coolibah Drive Kununurra Freecall 1800 586 868 Ph (08) 9168 1177 Email info visitkununurra.com Website www.visitkununurra.com Explore Mirima (Hidden Valley) Natio nal Park Cruise the Ord River swim relax and check out the vast array of flora and fauna Take a scenic flight over Purnululu National Park s Bungle Bungle Range the massive Argy le Diamond Mine or the spec tacular Mitchell Plate au Spend a few days barramundi fishin g 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 showroom s which has some of the finest gems in the world Drive out to historic Ivanhoe Cross ing the old concrete causeway over the Ord River Take in the spec tacular view of the Ord Valley from the Kelly s Knob Lookout Tour the town and irrigation area of the Ord Valley buy some fresh Ord Valley produce Swim in one of the nearby waterhole s and springs ExPErIENCES Lake Argyle near Kununurra Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 81 Ord River Boat Cruises Kununurra East KimbErlEy Cruise 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. 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. 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 East Kimberley Tours The Bungle Bungle Specialists Bookings 1800 682 213 Email bookings ekt.com.au Web www.eastkimberlytours.com.au Walk amongst the famous Beehive Domes explore the breathtaking Cathedral Gorge and more. EKT are the Bungle Bungle specialists. Family owned with 30 years touring this world heritage listed area. EKT have an exclusive lease within Purnululu National Park from which we provide a range of accommodation options and fully guided tours. So Join us at our Bungle Bungle Bushcamp for comfort great Kimberley hospitality great meals and modern environmentally friendly facilities. Check our website or phone for further information about our accommodation and tours. Bungle Bungle & Lake Argyle tours by float plane & land based aircraft For an adventure you will never forget come and fly with the experienced and professional team at Kimberley Air Tours. See the Bungle Bungles Lake Argyle Argyle Diamond Mine Ord River Kimberley Coast and much more Phone (08) 9168 2653 to make a booking Tours depart from Kununurra and Lake Argyle info kimberleyairtours.com.au www.kimberleyairtours.com.au Kununurra Scenic Bus Tours Ord Valley Tours Taste the spirit of the Kununurra lifestyle art and magnificent scenery on our personalised Ord Valley Tour. We will take you to the many attractions including Lake Kununurra the Ord River Irrigation Area Warringari Arts and many others. Let your local guide help you discover the history of the area explore the variety of produce and experience the local culture both ancient and modern. If you want to discover the Ord Valley in your own time your hosts Cissy and Jason can design a tour that suits your personal interests. Kununurra Scenic Bus tours are 3 hours in duration and commence at 9am. Charters are also available. Bookings ( 61) 0437 058 673 or (08) 9168 1177 Email ksbt bigpond.com www.ksbt.com.au Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 83 Explore the Kimberley through the eyes of an Eagle Experience the thrill and excitement of helicopter flight with Lone Eagle Aviation. Our experience and local knowledge combined with an impressive safety record ensures that your Kimberley helicopter adventure is everything you dreamt of and more Whether its a Heli-Fishing Croc Spotting Secluded Swim or Scenic Tour our local knowledge combined with the Kimberley s best assets will ensure your flight will be one to remember. Cyril Kleinig Drive Kununurra Ph 9169 3590 Fax 9169 3591 Email bookings loneeagle.com.au www.loneeagle.com.au 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 PAGE 84 www.australiasnorthwest.com 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 You have to experience it to believe it GOING PLACES PEOPLE ONLY DREAM ABOUT most Explore hidden waterfalls ancient rock art flowing streams and deep pools of pure clean water with experienced guides leading the way. If you like bushwalking you will LOVE a Willis s Walkabouts trip. Check out our website and see the incredible variety we offer. How could we There are no tracks where we walk. Off Track Walking We don t do anything else www.bushwalkingholidays.com.au Phone 08 8985 2134 Fax 08 8985 2355 rrwillis internode.on.net 12 Carrington St Millner NT 0810 Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park is nestled in the ancient Carr Boyd Ranges surrounded by some of Australia s most breathtaking scenery. With many new attractions and accommodation options on offer the resort is the perfect retreat after a day of exploring the rugged East Kimberley and spectacular Ord River System. A variety of Lake & River Cruises Durack Homestead Museum Great Bushwalks Fishing Canoe and Boat Hire plus Float Plane Flights over Lake Argyle the Bungle Bungles and Argyle Diamond Mine to list a few Ph (08) 9168 7777 E resort lakeargyle.com www.lakeargyle.com Kimberley PAGE 85 Australia s North West 1 2 and 3 Bedroom Serviced Apartments. Recently refurbished. 10 free Foxtel stations. Free wireless internet. 800m to shops and dining. Large pool spa and barbecues. Daily & weekly rates available. Victoria Highway Kununurra Tel (08) 9168 0000 Fax (08) 9168 0088 Email lakeviewapartments wn.com.au www.lakeviewapartments.net 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 32 powered site (2 Adults) 13 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 Nature Tourism PET FRIEnDLy Ivanhoe Crossing PAGE 86 www.australiasnorthwest.com ONZE BR D ELU X 2011 AC COM MO D WA TOURISM AWARDS PERTH AIRPORT AT IO N E https www.facebook.com pinctadakimberley fref ts Home Valley Station The ultimate Australian outback experience At Home Valley Station we pride ourselves on providing guests with the ultimate Australian outback experience. Accommodation across the Station provides options for all travellers from those who prefer their rugged outback adventure to those seeking a more intimate experience. Home Valley Station is an outback adventure playground of nature s most breathtaking combination of towering gorges sparkling waterholes ever-flowing rivers billabongs waterfalls and stunning ancient landforms and ranges. Tours on offer include horse riding barramundi fishing station 4WD tours and much more. Gibb River Rd Kununurra WA Ph (08) 9161 4322 Free Call 1 300 134 044 Email travel voyages.com.au www.hvstation.com.au 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 barbecue 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 Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 87 https www.facebook.com FreshwaterApartments Freshwater Holiday Planner half page Oct 12 ol.indd 1 10 16 2012 6 59 26 PM The Berkeley River Lodge brings a whole new level of luxury to the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia. Truly remote it is only accessible by air or water. Twenty ocean view villas sit atop a coastal dune surrounded by native vegetation. Views take in the Timor Sea Reveley Island and the mouth to the stunning Berkeley River. Indulge yourself in a touch of barefoot luxury by the sea and soak up the wide open spaces fresh air and an abundance of nature. Enjoy as much or as little activity as you like. Choose from boat cruises bush and beach walks fishing helicopter journeys or simply lazing by the pool . It s luxury with a twist of adventure. MoRE InfoRMATIon ThE BERKELEy RIVER IS BEST ACCESSEd VIA KununuRRA . www.berkeleyriver.com. au p 08 9169 1330 e stay berkeleyriver.com. au PAGE 88 www.australiasnorthwest.com Five Rivers Lookout Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve near Wyndham Wyndham s crocodile statue WyNdHAM Western Australia s most northerly township Wyndham is a small 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. Take a drive to the Five Rivers Lookout and absorb the sweeping views and spectacular sunsets Step back in time on the Wyndham Port Herita ge 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 ExPErIENCES Wyndham Tourist Information Centre Kimberley Motors Wyndham Western Australia 6740 Ph (08) 9161 1281 Catch a barra Australia s North West Kimberley PAGE 89 STAIrCASE TO THE MOON 2013 From March to October witness a breathtaking natural phenomenon known as 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 Hearson Cove Cossack Port Hedland and Broome. The Staircase to the Moon in Broome is often complemented by the local markets at Town Beach. Here you can sample local fare purchase crafts and delight in talented local entertainers. The times vary slightly for each location so make sure to check with the local Visitor Centre for up to the minute information. 2013 Staircase dates (Broome) March 28th 29th 30th April 26th 27th 28th 6.30pm 7.19pm 8.11pm 5.59pm 6.55pm 7.54pm May 26th 27th 28th June 24th 25th 26th 6.39pm 7.43pm 8.47pm July 23rd 24th 25th August 21st 22nd 23rd 6.14pm 7.16pm 8.16pm September 20th 6.35pm 21st 7.30pm 22nd 8.24pm October 19th 6.12pm 20th 7.06pm 21st 7.59pm www.australiasnorthwest.com 6.27pm 7.32pm 8.34pm 5.58pm 6.57pm 7.54pm Town Beach Night Market dates provided by the Broome Market Stall Holders Association. Dates provided by the Australian Government Geoscience Australia