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Australia's North West

The Kimberley and Pilbara regions in the North West of Western Australia combine to form nearly a million square kilometres of extraordinary grandeur, colour and contrast. The area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, ancient rugged ranges, spectacular waterfalls and pristine coastlines. The wilderness and remoteness of the Kimberley and Pilbara are some of its attractions, and the sense of space and timelessness attracts visitors from around the world.

Kimberley

• The Kimberley coastline is one of the least explored pristine wonderlands on the planet. This area is well serviced by an amazingly diverse range of charter operators catering to all budgets. • The Gibb River Road takes the intrepid traveller on a 660 kilometre journey through the heart of the Kimberley. Unique accommodation and an astonishing landscape provide a true outback experience. • The township of Kununurra – Aboriginal for ‘Meeting of Big Waters’ – is aptly named. Enjoy scenic cruises on the vast Lake Argyle or try your hand at Barramundi fishing along the majestic Ord River. • The Rowley Shoals is regarded as one of the world’s best remote dive and snorkelling spots. Situated 300kms off Broome, it is famed for its untouched coral gardens and abundant marine life. • Broome is still regarded as the pearling capital of the world. Blessed with a balmy climate, it offers outdoor living at its finest. Year round activities include scenic flights, sunset camel treks, fishing, hovercraft flights, indigenous bush tucker tours or simply relax on the world famous Cable Beach • The large tidal movement in the Kimberley, in Western Australia, has created one of the world’s most unique attractions – the Horizontal Waterfalls. • The beehive shaped domes of the Bungle Bungle range in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park is a major drawcard for international visitors. Take one of the many walks in the park, stay in safari-style accommodation, or take an aerial view of the Bungles in a fixed-wing or helicopter scenic flight.

Pilbara

• Karijini National Park is home to some of the oldest rock formations in the world. One of Australia’s largest and most spectacular national parks – amazing gorges and waterfalls are easily accessible. • Hundreds of islands surround the offshore of the Pilbara region including the Montebello Islands, Mackerel Islands and the Dampier Archipelago, all of which offer some of the best fishing, snorkelling and diving in the world. • Point Samson Peninsular is made up of pristine beaches, beautiful coral gardens and abundant fish, along with carefully restored heritage buildings and heritage trails. • The Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago are home to the largest concentration of prehistoric rock engravings (known as petroglyphs) in the world with well over 100,000 Aboriginal engravings, some dating back more the 30,000 years. • The Pilbara is renowned for its massive mining operations and energy production. It’s known as the ‘Engine room of Australia’. It features the biggest open cut mine in the world, the tallest smoke stack in the southern hemisphere, the largest gas processing facility in Australia as well as the highest tonnage port in Australia. • The Hamersley Ranges include Mount Meharry and Mount Bruce, Western Australia’s tallest mountains. • The southern terrain of the Pilbara features thousands of termite mounds that stand tall to the harsh conditions of the northwest. • Many species of endangered marine turtles nest on mainland and island beaches of the Pilbara coast. These turtles can be seen thriving in their natural habitat at various times of the year.

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