Often referred to as Australia’s last frontier, the Kimberley occupies the remote region on the continent’s northwest coast. It is home to spectacular wildlife, dramatic scenery, and Human history dating back to the great flood. This wild region is not only worth visiting; it should be at the top of your expedition cruise list. We’re here to tell you why.
The Bungle Bungle Range
One of Western Australia’s oldest and greatest treasures lies in Purnulu National Park, the Bungle Bungle Range is a major sandstone formed 20 million years ago from 350 million-year-old sediments. The stratified red rock formation rises from the forest of the remote Purnulu National Park. It makes for an excellent exploration by land, but we recommend flightseeing. By taking to the air, you will have a birds-eye view of this otherworldly rock formation in its entirety.
The Twelve Apostles
Along the picturesque Great Ocean Road, near Victoria, Australia, lie the Twelve Apostles. These dramatic limestone pillars rising from the surf formed over 20 million years ago and will eventually succumb to the unyielding forces of coastal erosion. There are currently eight of these immense rock stacks standing like sentries in the rough surf. When visiting, you can view the apostles by hiking to the cliff top, or you can take the easy route and view the dramatic landscape from above via helicopter.
The King George River
Board a zodiac and venture inland on the King George River. You will navigate the narrow channel between towering walls of weathered red sandstone dotted with tufts of green vegetation as you explore this powerful region. The river is home to many of the most iconic waterfalls in Australia, including Oomari, or King George Falls, which is the tallest double waterfall in the region. Along the way, you will spot crocodiles and many other species of endemic wildlife.
Roughly four miles off the coast of Australia lies Bigge Island. Separated from the mainland by the Scott Strait, Wuuyuru, as it is known to the indigenous inhabitants, the Wunambal people is home to ancient rock art telling the tails of the arrival of the Aboriginal peoples by sea. Explore the cliffs and tidal caves of the coastline to see the well-preserved cave and rock drawings that have stood the test of time over centuries.
The Hunter River
Home of Hunter and Dorkin Falls that plunge some 300 meters from the Kimberley Plateau into narrow, sinuous channels below, the Hunter river and its mangrove-lined banks offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and countless awe-inspiring scenic vistas. Within these waters lie the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in Australia, but they are not alone. The Hunter River is a thriving habitat for sharks, rays, and myriad bird species, and if you are lucky, you might even spot a duckbilled platypus from your zodiac.
These are but a few of the wild attractions of this untamed region. Among the most fascinating adventures in modern travel, an expedition to the Kimberley cannot be overlooked. Brands like Ponant, Seabourn, and Abercrombie and Kent all have itineraries focusing on this incredible landscape. To see it for yourself, schedule a free consultation with one of Luxury Cruise Connections‘ expert travel advisors to take your first steps into the wild.