The North West of WA is rich in culture and history, from the cultural town of Broome to the natural beauty of the Kimberley, there is plenty on offer for locals and tourists alike.
This region of WA has two distinct seasons, the summer season from November to April, known as the Wet Season, where roads can sometimes be difficult to access due to flooding and the weather is hot and humid. Crowds are smaller, with fewer tourists visiting during this time. The winter season from May to October is the most popular time to visit and daytime temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Some of the North West tourist attractions you don’t want to miss include:
Broome is a beautiful town to visit for those looking to relax and unwind. The small coastal town is famous for its beautiful beaches, heritage and culture and great food. Broome’s history is a story of the coming together of people from diverse backgrounds. The town’s establishment as the pearling capital of the world brought together Indigenous, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, European and Filipino cultures – and the influences of these diverse communities can still be found today. Experience the rich history of Broome by visiting the Sun Picture Theatre, the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries, and the Pearling Lugger museum on Roebuck Bay. Or book into a tour at one of the many pearling farms, or even check out the nearby ancient dinosaur footprint casts at Gantheaume Point. For those inclined to relax, simply take a stroll along one of the famous Broome beaches, spend time enjoying the natural beauty and laid back feel of the Pearl of the North.
Kimberley in the Wet
North of the Tropic of Capricorn, the Kimberley is a tropical monsoon climate. From November to April, the wet season brings rains to this region, and many of the rivers and dams overflow, turning a dry region into a green, wet tropical paradise. The weather during this season can be unpredictable and thunderstorms are common, complete with impressive lightening. Flooding is not uncommon, with certain roads impossible to cross, but the locals are used to this, and the people who live here continue to go about their lives. It is exciting for visitors to the region to experience overflowing rivers, roads that have become rivers and the excitement of a Kimberley monsoon. The 2017 wet season was impressive, and the extensive rains drew tourists to the region in bumper numbers. Fingers crossed for plenty of rain in 2018!
Gibb River Road
The Gibb RIver Road is the perfect place for a 4WD adventure. Stretching from Derby to Kununurra, this 660 kilometer road runs through the heart of the Kimberley. Enjoy spectacular outback scenery, waterfalls, rock pools and river and gorges. There is no shortage of locations to visit whilst on this journey including: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Manning Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvan’s Gorge and the Pentecoast River, to name just a few. This trip will delight you with natural landscapes and open road. The road can be bumpy in places, but the joy of the scenery more than makes up for it.
There are so many impressive sights to see on any North West Australia tour, the challenge is picking which part of this region to visit next.