The Kimberley is where WA really gets wild. Desert, gorges, waterfalls, savannah, pristine coastline; crocodiles, herds of cattle, packs of dingoes, flocks of jabirus; the prints of dinosaurs stamped along the Dampier Peninsula, the tracks of their modern-day ancestors marking the riverbanks – and one sealed road running through all 423,000 km2 of it.
Broome and its foreshore are enough to keep visitors for days, but it’s really the Kimberley’s natural gloats that lure travellers from afar. Cape Leveque and the Bungle Bungles? Sure – though they’re only the beginning. If you manage to drag yourself away from Cable Beach, the region rapidly unfurls into worlds of remnant rainforest, vast underground cave systems and African-esque boab-blotched horizons. For gorges you’ve got Windjana, Bell, Emma and Geikie (to name but a few); for falls, Manning and Mitchell and hot springs at Zebedee. For mountains there are the Cockburn, Napier and Oscar Ranges. Even for a region larger than 75% of the world’s countries, the Kimberley packs in stacks.