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North West

North West

The Kimberley and Pilbara are like nowhere else on Earth – special, soulful places that stop you in your tracks and forge a reconnection with yourself and the land. Feel the remarkable power of nature in its two and a half billion-year-old gorges and 350 million-year-old ranges, in its surging tides, horizontal waterfalls and staircase to the moon. Experience the magic of Broome, the Kimberley and Pilbara.

In one of the last wilderness areas on Earth, you’ll find a sense of freedom and adventure almost without bounds. By daylight, wander and roam to experience natural attractions billions of years in the making, and at night see more stars than you ever felt possible.

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Broome is both a bucket-list destination and the western gateway to the Kimberley. Thanks to its 1800s pearling history, today Broome is one of the world’s finest producers of pearls and a unique melting pot of Aboriginal culture and Asian heritage.

Pack away your watch and slip into ‘Broome Time’ to follow the natural rhythms of this special place. Relaxation is mandatory — by the beach, by the palm-fringed resort pool, with a cocktail in hand or savouring local specialties including pearl meat and mangoes, ginger beer and barramundi.

Sunsets in Broome are a sight to behold. Locals and tourists congregate each evening on pristine, 22-kilometre-long Cable Beach to witness the spectacular fiery colours — sometimes on the back of an unhurried camel. The iconic Sunset Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cool drink as the fiery sun dips into the turquoise ocean.

When the full moon rises over the mangroves of Roebuck Bay at low tide, you can see a ‘Staircase to the Moon’, a legacy of some of the most dramatic tidal movements in the world. Stargaze with the world’s first astronomers on an Aboriginal tour.

Stroll through historic Chinatown, then adventure to a remote beach to stand in the perfectly preserved footprints of a dinosaur. Hop on a guided tour to a working pearl farm or cruise through Roebuck Bay to see rare snubfin dolphins or migrating humpback whales. Head north in a four-wheel-drive to immerse yourself in the incredible Aboriginal culture and saltwater country of the Dampier Peninsula.

Spread over the north-western corner of Australia is the ancient and untouched Kimberley region. Quiet but powerful; part soulful, part magic. The Kimberley grounds you and the red dust never leaves you. Coastal and outback towns of the Kimberley region offer vastly diverse experiences. Visit Kununurra and Derby, the eastern and western gateways to the Kimberley. And stop by at the rugged pioneering towns of Wyndham, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.

Gaze from an open-door helicopter at the 350 million-year-old World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. Feel the thrill of a boat cruise through the Horizontal Waterfalls or tackle one of Australia’s greatest four-wheel-drive adventures, the legendary 660-kilometre Gibb River Road. Witness a staircase to the moon, hunt for dinosaur footprints or see an Indian Ocean sunset from the saddle of an unhurried camel.

The Kimberley offers a range of profound Aboriginal experiences with the traditional custodians of this land. Explore ancient rock art galleries in remote places. Learn about the different Aboriginal language groups or hear Dreamtime stories from an Elder. Go mud crabbing or spear fishing, then camp on Country for bush tucker and medicine, campfire yarns, art, music and more.

Step away from everyday life and head off the beaten track in to the Pilbara region. A large, sparsely populated region, the Pilbara stretches east from the coastal towns of Karratha and Port Hedland to mining hubs such as Tom Price and Newman, and across to the Northern Territory border. Known for its rich Indigenous traditions, ancient landscapes, striking red earth, and vast mineral deposits, the region accounts for 30 percent of all resources in Australia

Descend into Karijini National Park’s cavernous gorges and crystal-clear waterways, then end each exhilarating day under a star-studded sky at one of the quietly luxurious remote resorts on offer. Camp under an outback sky and immerse yourself in a landscape of rolling hills, escarpments, tree-lined rivers and water pools at Millstream Chichester National Park.

This land holds many stories of Australia’s Aboriginal history, providing the perfect location to learn and be inspired by the oldest continuous culture in the world. It’s also home to the Earth’s oldest and most dramatic rock formations, more than 2 billion years in the making.

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