The Kimberley, WA
We seriously LOVE this part of Australia. From the stunning rugged coastlines to the crystal clear blue water, beautiful gorges, waterfalls and epic fishing!
PLUS, the weather is absolutely perfect everyday!!
HERE'S A RE-CAP OF OUR ADVENTURES THROUGH THE KIMBERLEY.
Broome to Kununurra in our opinion is one of the best parts of Oz. Cable Beach in Broome has a relaxed atmosphere. Take a few beers down and watch the stunning sunsets, as well as the camel train. The best part is that Cable Beach has 4WD access and very easy to drive on. You'll often see the odd commodore wagon down there!
Broome is a great place to relax and we stayed at the Cable Beach Caravan Park. Large shady sites, live music, resort style pool and only walking distance to the hub of Cable Beach. We checked out Guantheume Point and the Dinosaur Footprints and Justin managed to snag a mates boat. He was able to get in some good fishing with plenty of Mulloway, Bluebone and Trevally.
We explored Cape Leveque from here leaving our van in Broome. The road out is 180km. 90km of dirt road followed by 90km of bitumen. We had planned on hiring a tent and stay at the Kooljaman campground, but luck had us staying there in a different way. The family who was camping next door to us at Cable Beach Caravan Park had to cancel their booking. Instead of losing there money, they offered us their cabin. We thought that was a sweet deal so we offered them some cash to take it over.
Kooljaman was fantastic. Our cabin slept 5, had an ensuite and a very tropical feel. Kooljaman has a restaurant/cafe, pizza night (delicious) and live music on weekends.From here we visited Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and Lombadina. We really relaxed here and spent our days at the swimming beach under our BT50 awning and it was nice to have loads of room in the cabin.
From Broome we headed for Fitzroy Crossing. We left our van here at 'The Lodge' and day tripped out to Tunnel Creek. What a fantastic place and it has some great Indigenous history. We popped Charli in the Kathmandu carrier and waded through water in the dark. Kids loved this adventure and thought it was pretty cool wearing head torches. A must attraction when in the area.
From Fitzroy River Lodge we headed east to the Bungle Bungles. We stopped at Spring Creek Rest Area, parked up the van (it felt safe to leave it here) and headed down the rough track into the Bungle Bungles bound for Cathedral Gorge. We were all car sick by the time we hit the visitor centre! An easy walk in to Cathedral and a picturesque experience. The bungle's are beautiful and once we made it into Cathedral it was just as gorgeous. The kids realised that their sounds echoed off the cliffs, it was on for who could yell the loudest.
The following day we headed for Kununurra. We decided to stay at Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park. This is definitely the pick of the parks. Great pool, friendly staff, live music and a cafe on site called Spilled the Beans. The park over the road is fantastic too and we managed to get in a couple of workout's there while the kids burned off some energy at the playground.
There's plenty of attractions in Kununurra and we started off at Molly Springs. This little oasis is a must see in Kununurra and a beautiful croc free swimming hole. The Hootchery (rum distillery) is great and it even has a playground. Justin being a Qld'er tasted the rum paddle and was impressed. He went out on Northbound Charters and caught heaps of Barra and also managed to film a crocodile dragging a cow down the Ord River. This went VIRAL and we had news companies and media websites picking it up. Our phones were running hot that week.
Our Stay in Kununurra was Awesome!!
After leaving Kununurra we were off to El Questro. Now this place is amazing! We stayed at the Black Cockatoo Campground. Great amenities, cafe and restaurant as well as live music every night. It has a great atmosphere. We checked out just about every attraction out there, however the ones that stood out were Emma Gorge, El Questro Gorge and Jackaroo Waterhole.
The rapids at the campground were fantastic for the kids too. Absolutely loved our time here!
We day tripped out to Home Valley Station and crossed the Pentecost River. It was a beautiful sight with the Coburn Ranges in the background. Home Valley has a beautifully made steel gate surrounded by Boab trees and the playground there is awesome. The kids spent a couple of hours at the pool while we grabbed some lunch and had a drink, poolside.
We went back through Kununurra for supplies and headed out to Lake Argyle.
Wow, the caravan park is awesome. We loved it here. The infinity pool and outlook is stunning and we scored a big grassy site. The restaurant puts on a great meal and they even do a trivia night. Live music is played every afternoon down by the pool and again, it's just a great atmosphere.
The highlight of our stay here was a sunset cruise with Lake Argyle Cruises. We were slightly dreading the three hours on a boat with three kids. But, they loved it. The cruise flew by. Plenty of wildlife to see and plenty of freshwater crocodiles to spot. Bec did a spot of cliff jumping from about 10 meters high! Towards the end of the cruise, champagne and beers were served while we took a dip in Lake Argyle and watched the sun set. Absolutely magic!
One of our favourite parts of Australia to explore and have an adventure of a lifetime. Put The Kimberley on your list!!