Spotlight on the Kimberley – Cruising the Australian Outback
Visit a stunning destination where ochre cliffs and fascinating gorges sculpt red earth, where blue waves from the Indian Ocean lap up onto pure white sand, and where crocodiles gather in freshwater pools. For adventure and incredible sights, visit the Kimberley, Western Australia’s incredible ancient desert and coastal region. Take a look at some of the top places you can explore while stopping by this part of Australia.
Broome’s Cable Beach
Cable Beach in Broome is known as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. With 22 kilometres of white sand and perfect year-round temperatures, Cable Beach attracts visitors from all over to relax in a beach chair, kayak and, most famously, ride a camel. This beach is only patrolled from May to October, so it is recommended that you swim during these times between the flags. Another relaxing pastime at Cable Beach is watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Nothing beats seeing a blue sky slowly transform into a mural of rich reds and purples.
The Bradshaw Paintings
Arguably one of the oldest paintings known to man, the Bradshaw Paintings provides insight into Aboriginal culture and daily life. Similar to early Mimi painting techniques, the painted figures average 35 centimetres in height and are typically adorned with traditional dress, including tassels, armlets and head pieces. Visitors can also see these figures go about daily life, including hunting, dancing and rowing in boats. This piece of history is truly a sight to behold and shines a unique light on past life in Western Australia.
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The King George Falls
While exploring the King George River, you’ll be treated to one of the Kimberley’s treasures, the awe-inspiring King George Falls. These falls are the highest in Western Australia, standing more than 50 metres high with 54 metres of water beneath the surface. As cruise boats come closer to the falls, passengers can feel the power of the waterfalls as water splashes all around them.
Lake Argyle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Kimberley. To get to this popular attraction, many cruises travel up the Ord River. This freshwater lake is beautifully warm all year, with annual temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius. Swimming and water sports are popular activities here, as well as simply taking it easy and basking in beautiful surrounds. Lake Argyle is also home to the world’s largest population of Johnston River freshwater crocodiles. Due to their timid nature, they aren’t considered dangerous; however, it is important to respect their natural habit. Many crocodiles are found in secluded bays and they tend to stick close to the shore to sunbathe. To ensure the safety of visitors, many lake cruises anchor a good distance from the shore, where passengers can swim without worry.
The Horizontal Falls
Experience the power of the Kimberley’s tides by stopping at Horizontal Falls, an incredible natural wonder that attracts curious tourists from all over. Comprised of siltstone, sandstone, quartzite, shale and dolomite, the Horizontal Falls are typically visited by seaplane, or in private or charter boats. During low tide, visitors can see a large sandbank and coral bommies, as well as the occasional crocodile. During high tide, seawater builds up on one side of the wall, creating an incredible waterfall effect on the other. Passengers lucky enough to visit during king tide can sometimes see water differences of up to 5 metres.
A number of cruise lines explore this magnificent part of Australia. Explore the striking Kimberley coastline from Broome with APT's MS Caledonian Sky or embark on ab adventure cruise aboard North Star Cruise's, luxury yacht True North featuring an on-board helicopter.
For an exciting holiday filled with adventure, natural wonder and stunning land and seascapes, book a cruise to the Kimberley. Call one of our friendly consultants on 1300 954 661 today and get packing!
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