About North West
Western Australia's North West region is home to the Kimberley and Pilbara and it is like no other place on earth. Here the spectacular red earth of the desert meets the beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Places to Visit
Broome is known as the pearl of North Western Australia and it is home to the famous Cable Beach with its world famous white sand. Find Broome holiday accommodation.
North of Port Hedland you will find the pristine nature reserves of Cape Keraudren and Eighty Mile Beach. It is home to beautiful white sandy beaches, nesting turtles and millions of migratory birds on their annual journey from their Arctic breeding grounds.
Fitzroy Crossing is located on the banks of the Fitzroy River, 391 kilometres east of Broome. Fitzroy Crossing is the ideal base from which to explore Tunnel Creek National Park and Windjana Gorge National Park.
Halls Creek lies on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert, 289 kilometres east of Fitzroy Crossing. It is the site of Western Australia’s first gold discovery in 1885. In 1955 the town was relocated 15 kilometres to the northwest and became the last stop for farmers driving cattle along the legendary Canning Stock Route.
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is famous for its gorges crystal clear waterways and stunning waterfalls.
Kununurra is a lovely town located on the banks of Lake Kununurra and the Ord River and it has become a popular destination for starting off on an outback adventure.
Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles are located in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley region. Purnululu means ‘sandstone’. The area has been home to local Indigenous people for centuries but was only discover by the rest of the world in the mid 1980s.
The Bungle Bungles is one of the world’s most amazing geological landmarks The orange and black sandstone domes that make up the Bungle Bungles, rise 300 metres above the ground of Purnululu National Park.
Located 200 kms north of Karratha, Port Hedland is famous for its industry, Indigenous culture, pioneering history and wildlife including whales and turtles. It is an ideal destination for a spot of fishing and crabbing.
Wyndham was established in 1886 with the start of the gold rush in Halls Creek. It is the most northern township in Western Australia. It is located 105 kilometres northwest of Kununurra, on the Cambridge Gulf where the King, Pentecost, Durack, Forest and Ord Rivers meet. Wyndham is considered a perfect example of a Kimberley outback town.
The climate in the North West varies dramatically, with temperatures ranging from less than 5°C to over 40°C.
The region has only 2 distinct seasons, Summer (November to April) and Winter (May to November)
Summer days are hot with balmy nights and heavy downpours of rain in the kimberley and Pilbara areas. the summer rain (wet season) can mean that access is restricted due to flooded roads.
Winter is the most popular time for visitors as the day temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C. The nights are cool on the coast but can drop to freezing in inland areas.
Getting to North West Western Australia
Domestic flights are available direct to Broome from all Australian capital cities with various airlines. Direct flights are available to many other towns in the North West from and Derby
International flights operate to Perth with connections to Broome.
The North West region is accessed from Perth via the North West Coastal Highway and the Great Northern Highway.
Kununurra is the eastern gateway for travelers from the East Coast and Northern Territory. It is accessed via the Victoria Highway which links with the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory. The unsealed Tanami and Duncan Roads link Alice Springs, in central Australia, with Halls Creek in the Kimberley.
Broome and Cairns in Tropical North Queensland are linked by the Savannah Way, which passes via the majestic wonders of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Some roads in the North West are remote so it is essential to plan ahead and get advice from local authorities before leaving a sealed highway.
By Coach / Bus
Greyhound Australia offers regular services to The Kimberley and Pilbara areas
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