So, after a long wait, you’ve finally got a holiday coming up. It is time to explore and have some fun! But, where will you go, and will it be a self-guided or a guided tour?
The Kimberley region of Western Australia covers an area of almost 420,000 square kilometres and a population of just 39,000 persons.
The World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia is where you will find the famous Bungle Bungle Range – a highly prized ‘bucket list’ destination for many travellers.
During the many years living in Broome, we cannot recall having 2 cyclones pass by within two weeks of each other. Whilst the memory fades with age, we can recall some the more memorable ones and near misses, or the 'big one' Cyclone Rosita in 2000, which was at the end of a very good wet season. We have seen dozens of them pass close by without much effect on the town other some welcome, soaking rains and a few leaves and small branches down around the gardens.
From 1 January 2018, if you are planning to visit the Mitchell Plateau in the far north west of the Kimberley, each traveller will now need an Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP).
Broome has been known for the quality of the pearls it has produced for decades. Broome pearls are highly sought after due to their quality. The late Princess Diana was one who embraced pearls and she was often photographed wearing jewellery that included these wonders of the sea. Take a minute to Google’ images of her wearing a stunning array of jewellery featuring pearls.
With broad skies and few man-made structures to block the view, Broome offers several sensational ‘big sky’ viewing locations to take in a stunning sunset. With most travellers owning a smartphone with a camera, capturing a memorable sunset image is child’s play these days.
The Gibb River Road stretches for 669kms from Derby in the west to almost Kununurra in the east, of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Although there are some stretches of bitumen enroute, the mostly gravel Gibb River Road is known to adventurous travellers as one of the great drives in Australia. The remoteness and lack of communication can be daunting for less experienced travellers, so a guided day tour from Broome provides a chance to visit two of the major natural attractions.
The long, dusty road from Broome to Cape Leveque on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula is well travelled by locals, tour companies, freight transporters, mail contractors and visitors. No matter how often the road is graded, the regular traffic creates ruts and corrugations in the 90kms unmade section which can be difficult to negotiate for those used to the black top.
Travellers who are traversing Australia with their cars and caravans may decide to forgo the joy of bouncing their way along the ‘track’ and take a guided tour instead.
Nowadays when it comes to researching a holiday or trip, the internet is an imperative tool for information, pictures and making travel bookings. Everything is literally at your fingertips!